WSR 04-22-036




[ Filed October 27, 2004, 10:45 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-18-013.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 139-05-300 Requirement for in-service training.

Hearing Location(s): Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, on Wednesday, December 8, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: December 8, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: Sharon M. Tolton, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, e-mail, fax (206) 439-3860 by December 3, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Sonja Hirsch by December 3, 2004, TTY (206) 835-7300.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To ensure that all certified peace officers engage in continuing professional education to enhance or improve knowledge, skills, and abilities on an annual basis.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.101.080.

Statute Being Implemented: Not applicable.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Staff in cooperation with the Board on Law Enforcement Training Standards and Education (BLETSE), governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Enforcement: Sharon M. Tolton, Burien, Washington, (206) 835-7345; and Implementation: Michael D. Parsons, Burien, Washington, (206) 835-7347.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Proposal is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(2); therefore, a small business economic impact statement is not required.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.

October 26, 2004

Sharon M. Tolton

Deputy Director


WAC 139-05-300   Requirement for in-service training.   (1) The commission recognizes that continuing education and training is the cornerstone for a successful career as a peace officer in providing competent public safety services to the communities of Washington state.

(2) Every peace officer certified under RCW 43.101.095 shall complete twenty-four hours of in-service training annually. The commission will establish an optional recordkeeping form along with published guidelines and/or criteria for approved in-service training and education. The training may be developed and provided by the employer or other training resources. The commission will maintain the records of successfully completed commission-sponsored training. All remaining records for the training required under this rule must be maintained by the employing agency and be available for review upon request by an authorized commission representative.

(3) This requirement is effective January 1, 2006, for incumbent officers. The in-service training hours requirement for each newly hired officer will begin on the January 1 of the calendar year following their certification as a result of successful completion of the basic law enforcement academy, equivalency academy, or approved waiver as provided by WAC 139-05-200.

(a) The sheriff or chief of an agency may approve an extension of three months for certified officers in their employ by notification in writing to the commission, identifying those specific officers.

(b) A sheriff or chief may request a personal extension of the requirement, of three months, to the commission prior to December 31st of the calendar year in question.


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