Comer Named Director of Institute for Public Safety and Police Academy
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 10, 2013) – Colin Comer has been named director of the Institute for Public Safety and the Central Missouri Police Academy, a division of the Missouri Safety Center at the University of Central Missouri. Terry Butler, director of the Missouri Safety Center, announced Comer’s appointment, effective Oct. 1.
“We are fortunate to find someone with Mr. Comer’s knowledge and experience,” Butler said. “Through Colin’s leadership, the institute and academy will deliver exceptional training experiences to our public safety professionals statewide.”
Comer will oversee the public safety professional training and certification programs that allow UCM to achieve its mission in helping Missouri to meet the need for a highly trained workforce. The Central Missouri Police Academy is a Class-A basic 600 law enforcement academy offered to those interested in a career in law enforcement. In addition, the Institute for Public Safety will offer a variety of training programs and certifications to fire departments, emergency medical services, dispatch, homeland security and other public safety professionals.
Comer received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UCM in 1979. He began his law enforcement career a patrol officer and narcotics detective with the Independence, Mo., Police Department. From there he went to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, where he worked as a special agent and lead investigator specializing in narcotics, DEA Task Force, homicide, child abuse, and internal affairs. He also began his training career in Minnesota, developing a variety of continuing education courses and acting asa founding member of the Minnesota DARE Officer Training Center. He was then named chief of police and deputy coroner for Mitchell, S.D., and began working in training as a contracted consultant.
Comer returned to Missouri in 1998 to begin teaching full time as an academy instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Institute at the University of Missouri. He earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Columbia College, where he has taught as an adjunct instructor since 2004. Comer expanded his efforts as a training consultant for law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Defense/MP and CID, providing training in a variety of investigative disciplines, training development, and management. He recently finished an assignment as an investigator for the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Program.