Career Survival for the Law Enforcement Officer

  • Format: online
  • Days to complete Days to complete: 30
This self-paced, 30-day online course examines the many ways that law enforcement careers end. You will be presented with various methods and strategies to confront challenges and emerge at the end of your career intact — physically, emotionally and personally. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have earned two (2) hours of Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) continuing education in Interpersonal Perspectives, meeting the requirement for Officer well-being, including mental health awareness.



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Sponsoring Agency

Law Enforcement Training Institute

115 Business Loop 70 West, Rm 143

Columbia, MO  65211

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m*

*Hours may vary due to training schedules

 Instructor Information

Sgt. Carl Schwartze

Continuing Education/Seminar Coordinator/Instructor



Carl Schwartze (Ret) is the Continuing Education and Seminar Coordinator for the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served for 28 years in Law Enforcement with the Brookfield and Springfield Mo. Police Departments. He retired from Springfield in 2015 as a Sergeant and is now a full-time trainer. Sgt. Schwartze teaches a variety of subject matter including Constitutional Law, Communications, Report Writing and various patrol related topics.  His goal is to help improve policing in Missouri through quality and effective training.


Travis Witt
E-Learning Coordinator/Instructor





Travis Witt is the E-Learning Coordinator of the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served in various law enforcement capacities for 19 years, including the last 3 as an instructor trainer. He teaches a variety of topics including Use of Force, Human Behavior, Cultural Competency and Communications. His goal is to increase Officer Safety through a better understanding of the dynamics of personal interactions in an enforcement environment. If you have questions related to the material please do not hesitate to contact Travis Witt.
Course Information

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit in the area of fair and impartial policing practices including implicit bias recognition for interpersonal studies. The fee for this course is $10. Payment will be collected during the enrollment process. You will have thirty days (30) to complete this course.

The “Fair and impartial policing perspective” reflects a new way of thinking about the issue of biased policing. It is based on the science of bias, which tells us that biased policing is not, as some contend, due to widespread racism and other prejudices in policing. In fact, the science tells that even well-intentioned humans (and thus, officers) manifest biases that can impact their perceptions and behavior. 

This 21st Century Policing course is a follow up to the Unbiased Policing Online program. In 21st Century Policing, we present various biases, particularly implicit bias and how to recognize those biases. We also address the need to recognize our unconscious biases, so we can implement unbiased behavior. Ideas are provided on handling gut reactions. We also discuss how to address and reduce our own implicit biases. Fair and impartial policing is the goal and skills to achieve that goal are presented.

The implication of the science is that even the best law enforcement officers may manifest bias because they are human, and even the best agencies because they hire humans, must be proactive in producing fair and impartial policing. This course covers the POST topical requirement of “Fair and impartial policing practices including implicit bias recognition” as part of the core curricula area of Interpersonal Perspectives.

 Assignments & Grades

Your POST License Number

We have included an activity titled "Please give us your POST license number."  This is a one question survey that is required to access the Introduction.


This course contains an Introduction and twelve lessons. Each lesson is a self-running video that can be paused at any given time.  Please note you cannot speed up or skip forward through the video. Each video will end with a short quiz.


This lesson introduces the presenter, Sgt. Carl Schwartze, of the Law Enforcement Institute (LETI). He outlines course goals and objectives. You must view the Introduction video in order to gain access to Lesson 1.


There is a quiz at the end of each lesson.  A minimum score of 70% is required to successfully complete the lesson.  You have unlimited attempts to pass the quiz.  Note that quiz questions may change from one attempt to the next.

Course Evaluation

After successfully completing Lesson 12, you will receive access to the course evaluation, the last requirement for course completion. 

Technology Assistance & Details

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Network Connection

Most internet service providers can provide adequate speed and connection stability for purposes of this course. If your private residence has some type of wireless internet access in a rural setting, you likely will have difficulties completing activities in this course. We have found that rural/wireless setups have been inconsistent in their network stability and speed, providing a sub-optimal experience.This is not a guaranteed phenomenon so you may not experience any problems, and this likely will not be an issue using a laptop or mobile device in a public area that offers wireless access.University of Missouri Extension does not have any control over an Internet Service Provider's (ISP) ability to provide a stable network environment. So if you have a rural/wireless internet connection it would be a good idea for you to consider finding an alternate location to access course activities.

Virus Protection

Virus protection software will help to protect your system (and ours) against computer viruses. If you are an MU employee, or MU student formally enrolled in the university, you may make use of the anti-virus software available at the Division of IT (DOIT). If not, you are advised to purchase 3rd. party virus protection software before you use this course.

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