RICHMOND MO,– A changing world means changing training for  local police.  Effective January 1, 2017 new training standards have been defined by the Peace Officer Standards and Training, also known as “POST.”   The Missouri Department of Public Safety issued the POST commission approved training requiring peace officers complete 24 hours of continuing education in 2017.

The training includes topics such as fair and impartial policing practices including implicit bias recognition, handling persons with mental health issues, de-escalation techniques and crisis management.

KMZU spoke with Cole Nobel a police officer of the Wood Heights Police Department about the training as well as a benefit event called “Jump it UP” being held in Ray County.

To support the costs of the new training as well as connect with the public, the Ray County Sherriff’s department and county police departments are having a benefit on Saturday March 18 at the Richmond City Gym.

The public is invited to attend.  Details can be found on the KMZU Community Calendar.

For more information on the law enforcement training go to