PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 139-05-200 Requirement of basic law enforcement training.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.101.080.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Tribal law enforcement officers who attend the basic training or basic equivalency training are not recognized in the same manner as Washington peace officers who meet the same training requirements. When a tribal officer returns to their agency, they may be cross-commissioned by local law enforcement agencies to enforce Washington laws and tribal laws. Their law enforcement service is not recognized as on-going law enforcement service. This means that if a tribal officer leaves the tribal police department and is employed as a Washington peace officer, the time served as a tribal officer is considered as a break in law enforcement service for the purpose of this WAC. This requires the officer to complete another equivalency academy before they are eligible to be certified. This change will recognize a tribal law enforcement officer's service with a tribal agency as on-going law enforcement service if the officer completes a basic law enforcement academy or the basic law enforcement equivalency academy.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Sonja Hirsch, Confidential Secretary, Criminal Justice Training Commission, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, phone (206) 835-7372, fax (206) 439-3860. Stakeholders were contacted by e-mail to advise them of the intended rule amendments. Proposal also listed on the agency web site.
November 22, 2005