The Missouri Sheriff’s Association Training Academy will offer a Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy class in Chillicothe, Mo. beginning on August 2, 2016. This academy training is a 700 hour Basic Peace Officer Academy that exceeds the State of Missouri minimum basic training requirements for peace officer licensing. The training during the academy consists of constitutional law, Missouri criminal statues, firearms training, drivers training, report writing, accident investigations, crime scene processing, defensive tactics, jail training, court security, first responder training, and many other areas. Students successfully graduating the academy and passing the required testing will graduate with a class “A” Peace Officer License. Last year was the first year that this kind of training was offered in Chillicothe and eight out of twelve graduated. By the time of graduation, three of those eight had already accepted positions in law enforcement field. The class offered in Chillicothe will be a part time class held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday’s from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some Sundays. Most classes will be held at the Grand River Technical School. This course is over 700 hours long and takes approximately 11 months to complete. Cost associated for the training is $4,000 for the 700 hour basic academy, $195 application fee, fingerprinting of approximately $45 and some supplies must be furnished by the student. Costs for the academy can be paid up front, payment plans, or financial assistance is possibly available. To apply for the academy training you must be 20 years of age prior to the start date of the academy, a U.S. citizen, high school graduate or GED, valid driver’s license at the time of application. For a full list of minimum requirements and costs associated with the academy or to apply for the academy visit to download an application. Applications for class #233 must be received by the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Training Academy by July 1, 2016. Questions about the academy can be answered at the above website or contact Chief Deputy Michael Claypole at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office or by phone at 660-646-0515.