WSR 08-04-066




[ Filed February 1, 2008, 11:29 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Eligibility and standards required to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.101.080 and 43.101.085.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The rule establishing the standards for entry into the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy need to be updated based upon language that is no longer applicable because of changes to RCW addressing the requirement for peace officer certification. Language is added that defines the requirements a person must meet to attend the equivalency academy and differentiates between an officer who attends for educational purposes versus an officer who must attend to gain peace officer certification as a condition of continued employment. The rule change will also set limitations to the break in law enforcement service that an officer may have and still be eligible for peace officer certification by completing the equivalency academy. The criminal justice training commission (CJTC) does not set standards for EVOC operation, the state patrol does. Therefore, language that requires EVOC training for equivalency applicants has been removed.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Only the CJTC regulates this rule.

Process for Developing New Rule: This rule will be placed before the commission for discussion. It was discussed at the annual sheriffs and chiefs meeting in May 2007, and will be before the commission in March 2008.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Doug Blair, CJTC Deputy Director of Operations, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, (206) 835-7354,; or Lt. Debbie Mealy, BLEA Commander, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, (206) 835-7331,

February 1, 2008

Cheryl A. Price

Accreditation and

Performance Analysis Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office