PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 139-10-215 Basic corrections academy equivalency certification.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Making this change will bring the corrections standard in line with the standard for the basic law enforcement academy. The current corrections statute does not address breaks in service. This equates to receiving lifetime certification upon completion of a basic correction academy. Requiring employees to obtain equivalency after a break in employment of two or more years will keep officers up to date on changes in laws and best practices in a quickly changing and challenging field limiting liability for the commission and its stakeholders.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This change will increase equivalency student numbers by a very small amount. It will also provide a consistent standard of both the law enforcement and corrections academies.
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 Sharon M. Tolton, Criminal Justice Training Commission, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148-2055, phone (206) 835-7345, fax (206) 439-3860. Stakeholders were contacted by e-mail to advise of the intended rule amendments. Proposal also listed on the agency website.
February 13, 2003
Sharon M. Tolton