Joplin City Council approves agreement that aims to bring police training courses to Crowder College
Tonight the Joplin City Council has approved an agreement that aims to bring police training courses to Crowder College.
The courses would help officers meet their 48 in-service hours, required every three years by the state of Missouri.
As part of the finalized agreement, the Joplin Police Department will give its 90 continuing education training courses to Crowder College.
“They’re all individual courses,” said Captain Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department. “There are only a few of them that really build upon each other, but they deal anywhere from car stop training, to use of force training, to building clearing, things like that.”
Stewart says sharing the training techniques with others brings a benefit.
“We all know that whenever there’s a large event that happens, several agencies respond,” Stewart said. “It’s always beneficial for everybody to receive the same training, so when we all respond and come together, we’re all trained similarly.”
Crowder College has four different instruction centers in addition to its main campus.
College officials hope the police training courses can be implemented at all locations in the future.
“The great thing is that we’ll be able to expand what we offer not only in the Joplin, Webb City area, but in some of the smaller areas like Cassville and Nevada, who don’t have as much access to training as they could,” said Cyndi Adamson, Director of Crowder College Webb City campus. “I think that’s another exciting thing about it.”
Stewart says the partnership could also provide the opportunity for officers to work towards a degree.
“Our goal in the future is to possibly offer some kind of college credit through Crowder as officers are taking these courses,” Stewart said. “If there are officers trying to work on their Bachelor’s degree, they will be able to apply some of this training for college credit.”
Both the Joplin Police Department and Crowder College look forward to a longtime partnership.
“It will be something that will continue to grow,” Stewart said.
“We’re excited about the opportunity,” Adamson said.
The Joplin Police Department will receive a 10 percent royalty fee per officer, for every one of their courses offered at Crowder College.