Career Survival for the Law Enforcement Officer
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
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 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.
Law enforcement is a challenging vocation, and it is becoming more so every day. Officers face a constant threat to their physical safety and survival, but physical survival is only one of the things that can end a police career. Professional, emotional and personal survival can be equally important to an officer in completing his or her career on their terms. This two-hour course examines the many ways that law enforcement careers end. There is an examination of the ways that the existing police culture can feed into a hyper-vigilant mentality that can lead to the development of a singular identity that can be personally and professionally destructive. You will be presented with various methods and strategies to confront these challenges to emerge at the end of their 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. The fee for this course is $15. Payment will be collected during the enrollment process.
All learners will need to complete a demographic survey in the beginning of the training, an evaluation at the end of the training, and email Travis Witt about the completion of the training.
Through out the training, learners will need to watch the required video in full, then move on to completing the quiz over the video.
Assessment and Grading
Your POST License Number
We have included a one question survey requesting your POST license number. You must provide this information 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.
After successfully completing Lesson 12, you will receive access to the course evaluation, the last requirement for course completion.
The course will be completed when learners have completed watching all assignments, submitting all quizzes, and emailing the Travis Witt of your completion of the course materials.
For the best user experience, we recommend using Google Chrome (63/64) as your browser.
See our Getting Started with Canvas page for short tutorial videos to provide an overview of Canvas. When accessing your Canvas course from your mobile device, DO NOT use the Canvas Student App. Access your course from your MU Extension account.
You can find more information on the technical requirements on the Canvas website.
For technical questions or issues, please contact Customer Support.
Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters.
The university community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions or concerns about the atmosphere in this class, including respect for diverse opinions, may contact the departmental chair or divisional director, the director of the Office of Academic Integrity, or the MU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.
If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, or if disability-related accommodations are necessary (for example, extended time on exams, materials in an alternate format), please notify your instructor or contact Customer Support.