Purpose: WAC 139-05-300 Requirement for in-service training, 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.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-22-036 on October 27, 2004.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: September [December] 8, 2004.
Sharon M. Tolton
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 a minimum of 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 and commission-recognized 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 three-month personal extension of the requirement by doing so in writing to the commission.
(c) Written requests submitted under the provision of (a) and (b) of this subsection must be received by December 1 of the calendar year in question.