Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 20. Department of Criminal Justice Services
1/21/2020

Chapter 70. Rules Relating to Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Noncustodial Employees of the Department of Corrections

6VAC20-70-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Approved training school" means a training school which provides instruction of at least the minimum training standards as mandated by the board and has been approved by the department for the specific purpose of training criminal justice personnel.

"Board" means the Criminal Justice Services Board.

"Department" means the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

"Director" means the chief administrative officer of the department.

"Noncustodial employee" includes those employees specifically designated by the director of the Department of Corrections who, by their appointment, must carry a weapon.

"School director" means the chief administrative officer of an approved training school.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 1, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-20. Compulsory minimum training standards for noncustodial employees.

Pursuant to the provisions of §§ 18.2-308 (5), 19.2-81.2, 9-170 and 53.1-29 of the Code of Virginia, the board establishes the following as the compulsory minimum training standards for noncustodial employees of the Department of Corrections:

Hours

1. General

1

a. Orientation

b. Evaluation

2. Skills

4

a. Firearms (Four hours classroom plus range firing)

3. Legal Matters

3

a. Corrections and Related Law

1

b. Legal Responsibility and Authority of Employees

2

TOTAL

8 plus range

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 2, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-30. Applicability.

Every person employed in a noncustodial position who by appointment to that position has been designated by the Director of the Department of Corrections to carry a weapon must meet the compulsory minimum training standards herein established.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 3, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-40. Time required for completion of training.

A. Every noncustodial employee, so designated, shall not carry a weapon until the compulsory minimum training standards as set forth in 6VAC20-70-20 have been satisfactorily completed.

B. Every noncustodial employee, so designated, shall satisfactorily complete the compulsory minimum training standards for noncustodial employees within 120 days of assuming a position which is designated as a noncustodial position.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 4, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-50. How compulsory minimum training standards may be attained.

A. The compulsory minimum training standards shall be attained by attending and satisfactorily completing an approved training school.

B. Noncustodial employees attending an approved training school are required to attend all classes and should not be placed on duty or on call except in cases of emergency.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 5, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-60. Approved training schools.

A. Noncustodial employees training schools must be approved by the department prior to the first scheduled class. Approval is requested by making application to the director on forms provided by the department. The director may approve those schools which on the basis of curricula, instructors, facilities, and examinations, provide the required minimum training. One application for all mandated training shall be submitted prior to the beginning of each fiscal year. A curriculum listing the subject matter, instructors, dates and times for the entire proposed training session shall be submitted to the department 30 days prior to the beginning of each proposed session. An exemption to the 30 day requirement may be waived for good cause shown by the school director.

B. Each school director will be required to maintain a current file of all current lesson plans and supporting material for each subject contained in the compulsory minimum training standards.

C. Schools which are approved will be subject to inspection and review by the director or staff, or both.

D. The department may suspend the approval of an approved training school upon written notice, which shall contain the reason(s) upon which the suspension is based, to the school's director. The school's director may request a hearing before the director or his designee. The request shall be in writing and must be received by the department within 15 days of the date of the notice of suspension. The school's director may appeal the decision of the director or his designee to the board. Such request shall be in writing and must be received by the board within 15 days of the date of the decision of the director or his designee.

E. The department may revoke the approval of an approved training school upon written notice, which shall contain the reason(s) upon which the revocation is based, to the school's director. The school's director may request a hearing before the director or his designee. The request shall be in writing and must be received by the department within 15 days of the date of the notice of revocation. The school's director may appeal the decision of the director or his designee to the board. Such request shall be in writing and must be received by the board within 15 days of the date of the decision of the director or his designee.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 6, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-70. Grading.

A. All written examinations shall include a minimum of two questions for each hour of mandatory instruction. This requirement likewise includes the classroom instruction on performance-oriented subject matter.

B. All noncustodial employees shall attain a minimum grade of 70% in each grading category to satisfactorily complete the compulsory minimum training standards. Any noncustodial employee who fails to attain the minimum 70% in any grading category will be required to take all subjects comprising that grading category in a subsequent approved training school. A noncustodial employee may be tested and retested as may be necessary within the time limits of 6VAC20-70-40 and each academy's written policy. A noncustodial employee shall not be certified as having complied with the compulsory minimum training standards unless all applicable requirements have been met.

C. Approved noncustodial employee training schools shall maintain accurate records of all tests, grades and testing procedures. Academy training records must be maintained in accordance with the provisions of these rules and §§ 42.1-76 through 42.1-91 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 7, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-80. Firearms.

The following firearms training will be applicable to noncustodial employees of the Department of Corrections who have been designated to carry a weapon:

1. Classroom - Service handgun, shotgun and special weapons (four hours).

a. Nonmenclature and Care of Weapons

b. Safety

c. Legal Aspects of Firearms Use

d. Principles of Shooting

e. Special Weapons (as utilized by the Department of Corrections) - Familiarization, no firing

2. Range.

a. Service Handgun.

(1) combat course (double action)

60 rounds

Silhouette Target

Qualification - 70% (5 points per hit on silhouette)

(Minimum 210 points out of a possible 300 points)

(2) Course.

7 yards - two handed crouch - 6 rounds (one on whistle)

7 yards - two handed crouch - 6 rounds (two on whistle)

7 yards - two handed crouch - 12 rounds (30 seconds from whistle)

15 yards - two handed point shoulder - 6 rounds (one on whistle)

15 yards - two handed point shoulder - 6 rounds - (two on whistle)

15 yards - two handed point shoulder - 12 rounds (30 seconds from whistle)

25 yards - two handed point shoulder - 6 rounds (10 seconds/right hand)

25 yards - two handed point shoulder - 6 rounds (10 seconds/left hand)

b. Shotgun

10 rounds

Bobber Target

No. 4 Buck

Qualification - 80% (10 points per hit on bobber target)

25 yards - shoulder position - 10 rounds

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 8, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-90. Recertification.

A. All noncustodial employees shall recertify every other calendar year by satisfactorily completing the firearms training set forth in 6VAC20-70-80. The specific time frame for compliance by currently certified noncustodial employees is enumerated in subsections C and D. Any noncustodial employee who does not comply as set forth below in subsections C and D shall be subject to the provisions of § 9-181 of the Code of Virginia.

B. All noncustodial employees shall be required to qualify annually with service handgun and shotgun in accordance with 6VAC20-70-80.

C. All noncustodial employees whose recertification due date is in 1987 shall comply with the recertification requirements by December 31, 1987, and thereafter by December 31 of every other calendar year.

D. All noncustodial employees whose recertification due date is in 1988 shall comply with the recertification requirements by December 31, 1988, and thereafter by December 31 of every other calendar year.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 9, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-100. Failure to comply with rules and regulations.

A. Noncustodial employees attending an approved training school shall comply with the rules and regulations promulgated by the department and any other rules and regulations within the authority of the school director. The director of the school shall be responsible for enforcement of all rules and regulations established to govern the conduct of attendees. If the school director considers a violation of the rules and regulations detrimental to the welfare of the school, the school director may expel the noncustodial employee from the school. Consistent with Department of Corrections' policy, notification of such action shall immediately be reported in writing to the supervisor of the individual expelled and the appropriate Department of Corrections Division Director.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 10, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-110. Administrative requirements.

A. Reports will be required from the school director on forms approved by the department and at such times as designated by the director.

B. The school director shall, within 30 days upon completion of an approved training school, comply with the following:

1. Submit to the department a roster containing the names of those noncustodial employees who have satisfactorily completed all training requirements and, if applicable, a revised curriculum for the training session.

C. The school director shall furnish each instructor with a complete set of course resumes and objectives for the assigned subject matter.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 11, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-120. Effective date.

These rules shall be effective on and after July 1, 1987, and until amended or repealed.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 12, eff. July 1, 1987.

6VAC20-70-130. Adopted: October 12, 1979.

Amended: April 1, 1987.

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR240-01-11 § 13, eff. July 1, 1987.

Forms (6VAC20-70)

Criminal Justice Training Roster, Form 41, eff. 1/93.



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