Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
1/19/2020

Chapter 280. Rules Relating to Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Law-Enforcement Field Training Officers

6VAC20-280-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Academy director" means the chief administrative officer of a certified training academy.

"Agency administrator" means any chief of police, sheriff, or agency head of a state or local law-enforcement agency.

"Board" means the Criminal Justice Services Board.

"Certified training academy" means a training facility in compliance with academy certification standards operated by the state or by local units of government for the purpose of providing instruction of compulsory minimum training standards.

"Compulsory minimum training standards" means the performance outcomes and training criteria approved by the board's Committee on Training.

"Department" means the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

"Director" means the chief administrative officer of the department or his designee.

"Field training officer" means a certified law-enforcement officer who provides training to newly employed law-enforcement officers for the purposes of training and measuring entry-level officer performance.

"Provisional field training officer" means a certified law-enforcement officer who provides training to a newly employed law-enforcement officer for the purposes of training and measuring entry-level officer performance, but who has not met the standards as prescribed under 6VAC20-280-20. A provisional field training officer is only allowed to act as a field training officer if no other field training officer is available for that department.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.

6VAC20-280-20. Compulsory minimum training standards.

Pursuant to the provisions of subdivision 3 of § 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia, the department establishes these standards as the compulsory minimum training standards for law-enforcement field training officers.

1. The course shall include a minimum of 32 hours of training and must address each of the following subjects:

a. Field training program and the field training officer.

b. Field training program delivery and evaluation.

c. Training liability.

d. Characteristics of the adult learner.

e. Methods of instruction.

f. Fundamentals of communication.

g. Written test.

2. A field training officer recertification course shall include a minimum of two hours of training. The director of a certified training academy shall establish recertification criteria for that academy.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.

6VAC20-280-30. Applicability.

A. Every law-enforcement officer designated by the agency administrator to serve as a field training officer must meet the compulsory minimum training standards established in 6VAC20-280-20 after December 31, 2015.

B. The law-enforcement officer selected as a field training officer shall successfully complete a field training program designed by the certified criminal justice academy.

C. All officers serving as field training officers prior to December 31, 2015, shall be exempted from compliance with this chapter other than for recertification.

D. A provisional field training officer must be certified by the department. A provisional field training officer certification:

1. Requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency examination approved by the Board of Education;

2. Requires that the field training officer has met the minimum training standards for the primary function for which he is employed by a criminal justice agency, if applicable;

3. Does not authorize an individual to instruct or qualify others in mandated firearms, defensive tactics, driver training, or radar courses; and

4. Is not valid for more than one year and is not renewable.

Individuals may apply for field training officer certification upon meeting the requirements of this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015; Errata, 32:5 VA.R. 758 November 2, 2015.

6VAC20-280-40. Time required for completion of training.

Effective January 1, 2016, each law-enforcement officer designated by the agency administrator to serve as a field training officer shall comply with field training officer training requirements in 6VAC20-280-20 prior to serving in the capacity of that position.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.

6VAC20-280-50. Compliance with compulsory minimum training standards.

A. The field training officer curriculum shall be maintained in accordance with the academy certification standards. The academy director shall maintain documentation of the type of training approved, means of attaining such training, and means of testing such programs.

B. Training developed and conducted shall be subject to inspection and reviewed by the department.

C. Agencies without a certified field training officer may complete the Category 10 requirements of 6VAC20-20-21 with a certified field training officer from another Virginia criminal justice agency.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.

6VAC20-280-60. Grading.

A. All certified training academies shall utilize testing procedures for initial certification that indicate that the field training officer has satisfactorily completed the training standards of this chapter.

B. Academy training records must be maintained in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and §§ 42.1-76 through 42.1-90.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.

6VAC20-280-70. Recertification.

A field training officer's initial certification is valid for three years and may be renewed by attending a field training officer recertification course. The recertification course must contain at least two hours of training, and the director of a certified training academy shall establish recertification criteria for that academy.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.

6VAC20-280-80. Failure to comply with rules and regulations.

Any individual attending a certified training academy shall comply with the rules and regulations promulgated by the department. The academy director shall be responsible for enforcement of all rules and regulations established to govern the conduct of attendees. If the academy director considers a violation of the rules and regulations detrimental to the welfare of the academy, the academy director may expel the individual from the academy. Notification of such action shall immediately be reported in writing to the agency administrator of the individual in accordance with the rules and regulations within the authority of the certified training academy.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.

6VAC20-280-90. Administrative requirements.

Records of field training officer certification and recertification shall be maintained by the employing agency.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 4, eff. November 18, 2015.



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