State law requires SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment.
Missouri Code of State Regulations 11 75-17.040 Minimum continuing education training Standard for school protection officers
(1) To maintain their designation, School Protection Officers shall--
(A) Successfully complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of annual training. Eight (8) hours of this training shall have a primary focus of responding to active school shootings and shall be delivered by a local, county, or state law enforcement officer qualified to offer a response to active shooter course and who is in possession of a valid peace officer license. The remaining four (4) hours of training shall have a primary focus of weapon retention, firearms skill development, defensive tactics, ground fighting, and handcuffing and restraint devices. The four (4) hours of training shall be delivered by a local, county, or state law enforcement officer qualified to offer this type of training and who is in possession of a valid peace officer license.
(B) On a quarterly basis, successfully complete a firearm qualification course using the same firearm used in the performance of their duties as a School Protection Officer. This course can be delivered by any local, county, or state law enforcement officer qualified to offer a firearm qualification course and who is in possession of a valid peace officer license.
(C) Maintain a secondary/third-party First Aid/CPR certification.
(2) Written documentation of the completion of the twelve (12) hours of annual training, successful quarterly firearm qualification, and a current copy of his/her secondary/third-party First Aid/CPR certification must be maintained by the school where the School Protection Officer is employed for a period of three (3) years from the date the training, qualifications, and certifications were successfully completed.
Missouri Code of State Regulations 75-17.030 Minimum Training Standard for School Protection Officers
(1) Applicants seeking to be designated a School Protection Officer, pursuant to section 590.205, RSMo, must--
- (A) Successfully complete a one hundred twelve (112) hour School Protection Officer Training Program; or
- (B) Successfully graduate from a Missouri basic training center licensed pursuant to 11 CSR 75-14.010, having completed a minimum of six hundred (600) hours of basic law enforcement training certified pursuant to 11 CSR 75-14.040; or
- (C) Have been issued a Class A peace officer license under the Veteran Peace Officer Police Scale pursuant to 11 CSR 75-13.060.
(2) Applicants who have had their peace officer license revoked are not eligible to be designated a School Protection Officer.
(3) The one hundred twelve (112) hours of instruction for School Protection Officers is derived, in part, from the mandatory learning objectives for the six hundred (600) hour basic training curriculum outlined in 11 CSR 75-14.030, and shall cover the following subject areas:
- (A) 303 - Justification - Use of Force - 8 hours
- (B) 809 - Emergency Response/Building Searches - 9 hours
- (C) 812 - Survival Mentality - 4 hours
- (D) 1502 - Handcuffing and Restraint Devices - 4 hours
- (E) 1506 - Weapons Retention and Disarming - 8 hours
- (F) 1507 - Ground Fighting Techniques - 8 hours
- (G) 1601 - Fundamentals of Marksmanship - 2 hours
- (H) 1602 - Shooting Stance/Loading/Dry Fire - 4 hours
- (I) 1603 - Skill Development - Handgun - 22 hours
- (J) 1604 - Handgun Qualification - 4 hours
- (K) 1608 - Stress Combat Courses - 8 hours
- (L) 1610 - Shooting Decisions - 6 hours
- (M) Basic First Aid/CPR - 8 hours
- (N) Combat First Aid - 4 hours
- (O) Practical Application Scenarios - 13 hours
(4) To be eligible for graduation from the School Protection Officer Training Program, trainees shall--
- (A) Be tested for mastery of each subject area. A written or practical examination may test more than one (1) subject area simultaneously.
- A trainee who achieves less than seventy percent (70%) on any written examination may, at the discretion of the training center director or Continuing Law Enforcement Education provider, retake the examination one (1) time.
- Mastery of firearms shall be tested by practical examination and scored on a numerical scale from zero (0) to one hundred (100). Supplemental written examinations are permitted, but the overall firearms score required for graduation pursuant to paragraph (4)(C)4. of this rule shall be based solely upon the practical examinations. The final grade of the firearms practical examination may, at the discretion of the training center director or Continuing Law Enforcement Education provider, be recorded as a pass or fail.
- Mastery of any training subject areas requiring a trainee to perform a demonstrative skill, including Practical Application Scenarios, shall be tested by practical examination and may be graded on a numerical scale from zero (0) to one hundred (100) or on a pass/fail basis.
- A. A trainee who achieves a failing score on an objective graded pass/fail basis may, at the discretion of the training center director or Continuing Law Enforcement Education provider, reattempt the objective one (1) time.
- B. A trainee who achieves less than seventy percent (70%) on the firearms practical examination may, at the discretion of the training center director or Continuing Law Enforcement Education provider, retake the practical examination one (1) time. The highest score that may be awarded on a retake examination is seventy percent (70%).
- C. The determination to grade an objective pass/fail shall be made before the start of the training course.
- (B) Attend at least ninety-five percent (95%) of the total contact hours of the mandatory basic training curriculum and make up any missed hours in a manner that ensures that the trainee develops a thorough understanding of the mandatory learning objectives that were missed.
- (C) Achieve—
- A score of no less than seventy percent (70%) on each written exam;
- A final, overall score of no less than seventy percent (70%) for all written exams;
- A passing score on each objective graded pass or fail; and
- An overall firearms score of no less than seventy percent (70%).
Missouri Revised Statutes 168.450 Officer training Missouri state training center to develop curriculum and certification requirements
The Missouri state training center for the D.A.R.E. program shall develop the curriculum and certification requirements for school resource officers. At a minimum, school resource officers must complete forty hours of basic school resource officer training to include legal operations within an educational environment, intruder training and planning, juvenile law, and any other relevant topics relating to the job and functions of a school resource officer.