Continuing Law Enforcement Education Requirements

All licensed peace officers and reserve officers must successfully complete a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours of continuing education to maintain their peace officer license. It is the responsibility of the licensed officer to ensure their continuing education requirements are met.

Each officer shall complete a minimum of four (4) hours in all four (4) core curricula areas. The core curricula areas are identified as:

Once the core curricula area requirements (minimum of four (4) hours in each) are satisfied, the remaining thirty-two (32) hours may come from any of the four (4) core curricula areas.

A minimum of twenty-four (24) hours must come from a source identified as a POST Approved Provider (i.e. licensed training centers or organizations that have obtained a POST control number) and the statement "Approved Provider" must appear on your training certificate. The remaining twenty-four (24) hours may come from either "In-Service" training or from a POST Approved Provider. If it is "In-Service" training, the statement "In-Service" must appear on your training certificate and the course must be properly formatted and maintained on-file with your law enforcement agency for a period of six years, unless the course has been pre-approved and assigned a POST control number.

Every peace or reserve officer with the authority to enforce motor vehicle or traffic laws shall obtain at least three credit hours of continuing education training regarding racial profiling each reporting period. To meet this requirement, in-service racial profiling training courses must be pre-approved by POST or must be delivered by an Approved Provider.

If you have any questions regarding continuing law enforcement education requirements, how to properly format "In-Service" continuing education courses, or how to obtain a POST control number, please contact a representative of the POST Program by calling (573) 751-4905 or by email at [email protected]

Alternate Ways of Obtaining Continuing Education Hours

Non-Commissioned Peace Officers Reporting Requirements

Peace officers who are not commissioned but want to maintain their peace officer licenses must complete the mandated continuing education requirements. Upon being re-commissioned as a peace officer, the officer shall provide to the employing agency copies of diplomas and other indicia awarded for verification that the continuing education requirements have been met. Meeting the continuing education requirements will not prevent the expiration of the officer’s license, if the officer is not commissioned for five consecutive years.

Examples of Reporting Dates for Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

Officers Licensed in 2012, 2013 and 2014: (Reporting period #8)

The first date officers will be required to report their CEHs will be December 31, 2017.
Their next reporting date will be every reporting period there after.

Officers Licensed in 2015, 2016 and 2017: (Reporting period #9)

The first date officers will be required to report their CEHs will be December 31, 2020.
Their next reporting date will be every reporting period there after.

Officers Licensed in 2018, 2019 and 2020: (Reporting period #10)

The first date officers will be required to report their CEHs will be December 31, 2023.
Their next reporting date will be every reporting period there after.

Reporting
Period
Three (3) Year
Reporting Dates

6 Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2011
7 Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2014
8 Jan.1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017
9 Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2020
10 Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2023
11 Jan. 1, 2024 to Dec. 31, 2026

Final Check to Determine if an Officer Has Met the Continuing Education Requirements

At the end of the three year reporting period:

  1. Does the officer have a minimum of 48 hours of training?
  2. Did a minimum of 24 hours come from a POST approved provider of continuing education, or was the course POST approved (look for POST control number on certificate)?
  3. Were there four hours of training in each of the four core curricula areas?
  4. In the area of skill training, did the officer attend a minimum of four hours of some type of firearms training?
  5. Did the officer attend a minimum of three hours of racial profiling in the three year reporting period? If this training was done in-house, was the course submitted to POST for prior approval?