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June 22, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. |  By: AP

New Missouri law requires same training for local and college police officers

Aspiring Missouri college police officers will face the same training as other future cops under a bill signed by the governor.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed the legislation on Tuesday. Current law calls for at least 320 hours of training for college police compared to at least 470 hours for most other aspiring officers. The bill also will give community college police officers the ability to enforce traffic rules, such as speed limits, on campus. Only university police now have that authority. The legislation takes effect Aug. 28.  

Greitens also signed legislation to continue checkoffs on state income tax returns for contributions to the state's organ donor fund. The checkoff was set to expire in August.