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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
Chapter 50. Rules Relating to Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Jailors or Custodial Officers, Courthouse and Courtroom Security Officers and Process Service Officers
1/27/2020

6VAC20-50-20. Compulsory Minimum Training Standards.

A. Pursuant to the provisions of subdivisions 7, 8, and 9 of § 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia, the department under the direction of the board establishes the compulsory minimum training standards for full-time and part-time deputy sheriffs and jail officers as defined in § 53.1-1 of the Code of Virginia; persons designated to provide courthouse and courtroom security pursuant to § 53.1-120 of the Code of Virginia; and persons designated to serve process pursuant to § 8.01-293 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Individuals hired as deputy sheriffs or jail officers as defined in § 53.1-1 of the Code of Virginia shall meet or exceed compulsory minimum training standards at a certified criminal justice training academy and complete field training requirements. Certification requires deputy sheriffs and jail officers comply with the following:

1. Successfully complete jail officer department approved training at a certified criminal justice training academy in the following categories:

a. Professionalism;

b. Legal;

c. Communication;

d. Jail operations;

e. Investigations;

f. Defensive tactics and use of force;

g. Weapons; and

h. Driver training and transportation.

2. Meet or exceed the performance outcomes in the category of field training identified in the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Field Training and On the Job Training Performance Outcomes.

C. Individuals hired as courthouse and courtroom security officers shall meet or exceed compulsory minimum training standards at a certified criminal justice training academy and complete field training requirements. Certification requires courthouse and courtroom security officers comply with the following:

1. Successfully complete courthouse and courtroom security officers department approved training at a certified criminal justice training academy in the following categories:

a. Professionalism;

b. Legal;

c. Communication;

d. Court security operations;

e. Investigations;

f. Defensive tactics and use of force;

g. Weapons; and

h. Driver training and transportation.

2. Meet or exceed the performance outcomes in the category of field training identified in the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Field Training and On the Job Training Performance Outcomes.

D. Individuals hired as deputy sheriffs and designated to serve process shall meet or exceed compulsory minimum training standards at a certified criminal justice training academy and complete field training requirements. Certification requires courthouse and courtroom security officers comply with the following:

1. Successfully complete process service officer department approved training at a certified criminal justice training academy in the following categories:

a. Professionalism;

b. Legal;

c. Communication;

d. Civil process operations;

e. Defensive tactics and use of force;

f. Weapons; and

g. Driver training.

2. Meet or exceed the performance outcomes in the category of field training identified in the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Field Training and On the Job Training Performance Outcomes.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-4 § 2, eff. July 1, 1987; amended, Volume 06, Issue 16, eff. July 1, 1990; Volume 23, Issue 09, eff. July 1, 2007; Volume 28, Issue 24, eff. September 13, 2012; Volume 35, Issue 21, eff. July 1, 2019.

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