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Police officers required to pass federal, state training

Across the country, officers in training must pass federal and state standard firearms training before being able to serve. Across the country, officers in training must pass federal and state standard firearms training before being able to serve.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri question whether the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager did so justly.

Across the country, officers in training must pass federal and state standard firearms training before being able to serve.

Firearms training classes for law enforcement officers at Southeast Missouri State University require more than 40 hours of course work to complete.

They consist of both classroom and range work.

Instructors say there's not only an emphasis on how to fire a weapon but also when it would be considered legal and appropriate.

"Trying to make that right decision, also goes back to the training aspect though," said firearm instructor Kevin Glaser. "Hopefully we've kind of put them in all kinds of scenarios where when something happens on the street, they'll revert back to training and think this is what I did and what I need to do."

Glaser says if students don't make the mark on firearms training, they simply cannot become officers.

He says officers must go through a shooter refresher course at a minimum of once a year.

Each department has it's own guidelines and standards officer must follow.

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