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MO Gov. Nixon calls for new rules for police training


The effort to set new rules for police training in Missouri makes its way to the Heartland.

Gov. Jay Nixon called for the changes in the wake of violence in Ferguson.

How do you want to see police officers trained?

That question is being asked across Missouri, including in Sikeston on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 29.

Missouri's Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission is holding public meetings like this one as it works to update and enhance law enforcement training standards.

Sikeston DPS Chief Drew Juden serves on the POST Commission. He said they want to make sure the state can keep the officers it trains.

"That's one of our goals. To try to provide better training at a more cost effective rate so that we're not losing these officers," Chief Juden said. "As you know, it's very difficult to recruit officers and to maintain your staffing. So, that's one of our challenges, is how to make this training cost effective where officers can afford to attend it."

Public hearings will continue in October in Kansas City and Kirksville.

The commission is expected to lay out those new training standards by the end of the year.

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