JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
A historically black college in Jefferson City is home to a new law enforcement officer training academy.
State leaders granted a one-year probationary training academy license to Lincoln University earlier today.
Governor Mike Parson says law enforcement training is critical for Missouri to move forward.
Gov. Mike Parson says, "Training is critical to us moving forward in this state, and Lincoln University will take a big step in making sure we're prepared for tomorrow's law enforcement and the changes we need to adapt to for the general public as we go forward."
The training academy is expected to have a minimum of eight students per class.
Missouri Capitol Police Chief Zim Schwartze will serve on the academy advisory board with academy leaders Gary Hill & Joe Steenbergen.
That size could expand to 16 students following the academy's first year.
Gov. Parson's says, "As a former sheriff, I am honored to help establish the nation’s first law enforcement training academy at a Historically Black College and University."
The new Lincoln University basic training center is the 20th law enforcement academy to be licensed in Missouri.