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Public Meeting Held On Changes To Police Training Requirements

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Public Meeting Held On Changes To Police Training Requirements

St. Louis County, MO  (KTRS)  Public input is being gathered in a series of meetings throughout the state on reforms in police training. The Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, also known as POST held a public meeting at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College on Thursday afternoon. Karen Aroesty, the […]

Public Meeting Held On Changes To Police Training Requirements

St. Louis County, MO  (KTRS)  Public input is being gathered in a series of meetings throughout the state on reforms in police training.

The Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, also known as POST held a public meeting at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College on Thursday afternoon. Karen Aroesty, the Regional Director For The Anti Defamation League, was among those offered suggestions.

Aroesty  said ” The process of fair and impartial discussions around bias has to be personal and professional benefit for officers, not a burden, which is what it is perceived as now.”

Craig Politte is a former police officer who was shot while in the line of duty and now is a licensed professional counselor. He stressed the importance of addressing the mental health of officers. “Police officers are a very difficult culture. We don’t believe we need help. We hear this is what I signed up for, this is what I get paid for, I love my job, but they forgo their own mental and physical health to take care of the citizens of which they protect.”

St. Louis area resident Pianki Nefakara suggested creating a citizen committee. “There have been many incidents around the country, in this area too, that question the activity, the behavior, or the results, and many times they’re told that’s how I was trained. ” Nefakara added, “Being that the training they receive is going to dictate how they react with the public, I think the public should have a committee that has the opportunity to review the training, the training material.”

Back in August, Governor Jay Nixon directed the Commission and the Department of Public Safety to update and enhance law enforcement training standards.  The Governor has directed the POST Commission and DPS to put forward by December 1st new rules to improve access to effective and ongoing training in the key areas of tactical training, fair and impartial policing, and the health and well-being of officers.

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