Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
2/3/2023

Article 1. Training Requirements

6VAC20-260-120. Entry-level training.

A. Each bail enforcement agent as defined by § 9.1-186 of the Code of Virginia must meet the compulsory minimum training standards established in this part unless provided for otherwise in accordance with this regulation.

B. Training will be credited only if application for licensure is submitted to the department within 12 months of completion of training.

C. The compulsory minimum entry-level training hour requirement by category, excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification, shall be:

1. Bail Enforcement Core Training -- 40 hours.

2. Firearms Training -- 14 hours.

D. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content, excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises and range qualification, shall be as provided in this subsection.

Core subjects. The entry-level curriculum sets forth the following areas identified as:

I. Orientation: ethics -- 2 hours

A. Ethics

1. Professionalism

2. Conflict of Interest

3. Code of Ethics

II. Law: Code of Virginia and Regulations; basic law; courts; and bail enforcement -- 12 hours + 1 practical exercise

A. Code of Virginia and Regulations

1. Definitions

2. Licensing Procedures and Requirements

3. Compulsory Minimum Training Standards

4. Standards of Practice and Prohibited Acts

5. Administrative Requirements/Standards of Conduct

6. Administrative Reviews, Complaints, Procedures

B. Basic Law

1. Legal Terminology and Definitions

2. Purpose and Function of Law

3. U.S. Constitution

a. Bill of Rights

b. Amendments

4. Code of Virginia

a. Bail Bonding Laws

b. Laws of Arrest

5. Landmark Cases

a. Taylor v. Taintor

b. Old Fugitive Slave Laws

6. Virginia Cases

7. Limitations and Liabilities

C. Courts

1. Federal Court System

a. Criminal

b. Civil

2. State Court System

a. Criminal

b. Civil

D. Bail Enforcement

1. Right to Arrest

2. Search and Seizure

3. Uniform Extradition Act

4. Virginia Extradition Procedures

5. Legal and Criminal Forms

III. Fugitive Recovery: investigative techniques; recovery procedures; agent survival; and apprehension of a fugitive -- 24 hours + 1 practical exercise

A. Investigative Techniques

1. Surveillance

2. Court Research

3. Law Enforcement Coordination

4. Interviewing

5. Impersonation and Misrepresentation

6. Reference Materials and Resource List

7. Skip Tracing Techniques

8. Fugitive Identification

B. Recovery Procedures

1. Pursuit

a. Foot

b. Vehicular

c. Other

2. Entry and Search

3. Perimeter/Interior Room Control

C. Agent Survival

1. Confrontation Management

2. Use of Force

3. Deadly Force

4. Escalation of Force

5. Emergency Procedures

D. Apprehension of a Fugitive

1. Compliant versus Noncompliant Procedures

2. Search of Person

a. Personal Items

b. Seizure of Contraband

3. Handcuffing Techniques

4. Rights of the Accused

5. Detainment and Transportation

6. Interstate Transport

7. False Arrest

IV. Remanding to Custody: legal detainment facilities; entering the jail or sally port; signing the bail piece/return to court; and hospital procedures for injuries -- 2 hours + 1 practical exercise

A. Legal Detainment Facilities

B. Entering the Jail or Sally Port

C. Signing the Bail Piece/Return to Court

D. Hospital Procedures for Injuries

V. Written Comprehensive Examination.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. October 14, 2009.

6VAC20-260-130. In-service training.

A. Each person licensed with the department as a bail enforcement agent shall complete the compulsory in-service training standards within the last 12 months preceding the expiration date of licensure.

B. The compulsory minimum in-service training course content by category, excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification, shall be as follows:

Bail enforcement core subjects:

1. Legal authority -- 2 hours

2. Job-related training -- 6 hours

Total hours -- 8 hours

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. October 14, 2009.

6VAC20-260-140. Training exemption.

Persons who meet the statutory requirements as set forth in § 9.1-186 of the Code of Virginia may apply for a partial exemption from the compulsory training standards. Individuals requesting such partial exemption shall file an application furnished by the department and include the applicable, nonrefundable application fee. The department may issue such partial exemption on the basis of individual qualifications as supported by required documentation. Those applying for and receiving exemptions must comply with all regulations promulgated by the board. Each person receiving a partial exemption must apply to the department for registration within 12 months from the date of issuance; otherwise the partial exemption shall become null and void.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. October 14, 2009.

6VAC20-260-150. Entry-level training exemption.

A. Persons previously employed as law-enforcement officers for a local, state or federal government who have not terminated or been terminated from the employment more than five years prior to the application date must submit official documentation of the following with the application for partial exemption of the entry-level training requirements:

1. Completion of law-enforcement entry-level training; and

2. Five continuous years of law-enforcement employment, provided such employment as a law-enforcement officer was not terminated due to misconduct or incompetence.

B. Persons having previous bail enforcement agent training and five years continuous experience must submit official documentation of the following with the application for partial exemption:

1. Completion of previous bail enforcement agent training, which has been approved by the department and which meets or exceeds the compulsory minimum training standards promulgated by the board; and

2. Five years continuous experience in bail recovery, provided such experience did not end more then 12 months prior to submittal of licensure application.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. October 14, 2009.

6VAC20-260-160. In-service alternative training credit.

Persons who have completed training that meets or exceeds the compulsory minimum training standards promulgated by the board for the in-service training required for bail enforcement agents may be authorized credit for such training, provided the training has been completed within 12 months of the expiration date of the license period during which in-service training is required. Such training must be provided by a third party organization offering services or expertise for the particular training category. Official documentation of the following must accompany the application for in-service training credit:

1. Information regarding the sponsoring organization, including documentation regarding the instructor for each session;

2. An outline of the training session material, including the dates, times and specific subject matter;

3. Proof of attendance and successful completion; and

4. The applicable, nonrefundable application fee.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. October 14, 2009.

6VAC20-260-170. Prior firearms training exemption.

Persons having previous department-approved firearms training may be authorized credit for such training that meets or exceeds the compulsory minimum training standards for private security services business personnel, provided such training has been completed within the 12 months preceding the date of application. Official documentation of the following must accompany the application for partial in-service training credit:

1. Completion of department-approved firearms training; and

2. Qualification at a Virginia criminal justice agency, academy or correctional department.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. October 14, 2009.

6VAC20-260-180. Renewal extension.

A. An extension of the time period to meet in-service training requirements for renewal of a license may be approved only under specific circumstances that do not allow bail enforcement agents to complete the required renewal procedures within the prescribed time period. The following are the only circumstances for which extensions may be granted:

1. Extended illness;

2. Extended injury; or

3. Military deployment.

B. A request for extension shall:

1. Be submitted in writing, dated and signed by the licensee prior to the expiration date of the time limit required for completion of the requirements. This requirement may be waived by the department in cases of military deployment;

2. Indicate the projected date the person will be able to comply with the requirements; and

3. Include a copy of the physician's record of the injury or illness or a copy of the government orders.

C. No extension will be approved for licenses that have expired except in the cases involving military deployment.

D. Applications for additional extensions may be approved upon written request of the licensee.

E. Approved extensions may only be granted for a period not to exceed 12 months.

F. The bail enforcement agent shall be nonoperational during the period of extension.

Statutory Authority

§§ 9.1-102 and 9.1-186.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. October 14, 2009.

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