The St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy offers POST Continuing Education credit hours for the Police Legal Sciences Police Law and Interpersonal Skills Training program. The PLS program provides monthly interactive lessons. These are distributed from a secure Internet site or by disc. The lessons cover either significant State and U.S. Supreme Court cases, or interpersonal or technical issues in areas which have an impact on the local law enforcement. The training is presented with an emphasis on practical application. Where appropriate, related decisions and practices are reviewed. The officer taking the course is presented with a variety of situations to which he or she must apply the information. A situation-based test is administered at the end of each module which the officer must pass to receive credit. Immediate feedback is provided to the officer.
The CMPA will award up to twelve (12) hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEU) each year for completion of Legal Update lessons. One hour credit will be awarded for each monthly lesson that is successfully completed. At least eight (8) hours of the possible twelve hours will be in the Legal Area, with additional hours in the Interpersonal and Technical Areas. At least one (1) hour each year will meet state racial profiling training requirements.
PLS will send a list of officers who have completed lessons during a given calendar year as soon after the end of that year as possible. This list will include all sessions completed within the calendar year, regardless of when the session was first offered. CMPA POST certificates will be generated and sent to the agency a short time after. Participating agencies will also receive annual reports of all CMPA training activity, which will include the PLS hours.
More information on Police Legal Sciences, Inc. and the monthly Missouri Police Law Update may be obtained by contacting them at:
Information regarding CMPA Continuing Education records or the POST certificates should be addressed to the CMPA. E-mail to the Continuing Education Coordinator