Mandated 24-Hour In-Service Audit

Effective January 1, 2006, every peace officer certified under RCW 43-101-095 is required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of In-Service training annually.  Effective January 1, 2016, every reserve peace officer as defined by WAC 139-05-810 will complete a minimum of twenty-four hours of in-service training annually.

All training records for  WAC 139-05-300 must be maintained by the employing agency and be available for review upon request by an authorized commission representative.  Documentation can be in any format that works best for the agency.  Many agencies purchase training tracking software or use an Excel spreadsheet.  We have an Excel Training Tracking Template available for use.  Feel free to modify the template. Certificates or documentation of completion must also be on file.


Declaration of Compliance Form Submission Requirements

The Declaration of Compliance is due to the WSCJTC 24-Hour In-Service Auditor on or by March 15 for the previous calendar year. An agency failing to complete their training audit and submit the Declaration of Compliance Form by the due date is non-compliant.

Documentation Period

Due Date

January - December 2019March 15, 2020

 

Please submit completed and signed declaration forms via FAX (206-835-7926) or via email to kwold@cjtc.state.wa.us.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   All agencies who submit their declaration will receive a letter and certificate of compliance after March 15.

Annual 2 Hour Online CIT Course Requirement for Mandated In-service Audit -
WAC 139.05.300 (Updated 5/9/2019)
  • The 24 hours must include the successful completion of the training commissions 2 hour annual online CIT course (RCW 43-101-427) for all certified peace officers & reserve peace officers.
  • Please ensure that this requirement is completed between January 1 - December 31, each year.
  • If your BLEA recruit graduated during the auditing year, they are not required to take the 2 hour online CIT course.
  • If an Officer resigned/retired during the auditing calendar year, they are not required to be reported in the audit.
  • If you need a report on who in your agency has taken the 2 hour online CIT course and who still needs to complete it, you can email lms@cjtc.state.wa.usThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    • If you need assistance with Acadis Portal login for the 2 hour online CIT course please contact lms@cjtc.state.wa.usThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Eligible Training

Training counted as part of an officer’s 24-hour in-service mandate cannot be agency specific.  The training gained must transfer with the officer and is useful throughout the office’s career.


Eligible training includes all sponsored and recognized courses offered by the WSCJTC provided by Washington State or our by federal partners (FBI, FLETC, IACP) as well as WASPC’s training day.  Agency training on defensive tactics, blood borne pathogens, EVOC, Firearms and first aid, etc. is eligible.  Training which are part of the core and elective requirements for Career Level Certification meet the mandate.


In addition, you can count up to 8 hours per person per year for Lexipol, however the topics cannot be agency specific policy or procedure.


All 24 hours can be in one course or any combination of WSCJTC, vendor or agency developed training as long as it is not agency specific.  There must be a completion certificate or other documentation on file.


New Officer and Lateral Officers

If you hired a new officer or an out-of-state lateral officer who attended BLEA or Equivalency in the calendar you are auditing:

  • New officer with BLEA - no additional 24 hours
  • Out-of-state lateral who attended WSCJTC’s Equivalency Academy (#0090) no additional 24 hours

If you hired a new officer as an in-state lateral officer in the calendar year you are auditing:

  • You are responsible that they meet the mandate by the end of the calendar year;
  • You can request their training records and use the eligible training to meet the mandate.

 

Contacts

If you have any further questions regarding the 24-hour in-service training requirement, please reach out to:

 

Kayla Wold, 24-hour In-Service Auditor

(206) 835-7306

kwold@cjtc.state.wa.us

 

 


FAQ

Question Answer

I took a class out of state, does that count towards the training mandate?

Yes, as long as the training was not agency specific and is related to your law enforcement career, it is accepted.   The date completed, title of the class, and number of hours must be provided. 

We had two officers retire this year and they did not complete 24 hours before they left, does that make us non-compliant?

No, any officer that resigned or retired during the calendar year you are auditing no longer affects your agency status. You must account for all certified peace officers and reserve peace officers employed by your agency on December 31st.

We had an officer on light duty for part or all of the year, are they exempt from the 24 hour training mandate?

No, light duty does not exempt anyone from the mandate. Light duty also does not qualify for a pro-rate of the hours needed.

I have a new officer that came from out of state and completed the Equivalency Academy this year. They are doing an in-house FTO program at our agency. Do they need an additional 24 hours of training to meet this mandate?

No, if they went through the Equivalency Academy during the calendar year that you are auditing then they do not need an additional 24 hours to meet the mandate.

If we have an officer with medical, military, or paid administrative leave, do they still have to complete 24 hours of training?

Any officer with documented leave of more than one month can have the number of hours needed pro-rated with the formula of two hours per month that they are out of the office. For example, an officer is out of the office from May 2nd through July 30th – this officer would be given 6 hours of “credited” time based on our pro-rate formula and would still be required to have 18 hours of training for the year (3 months out of office X 2 hours per month = 6 hours).

Can Lexipol be used for training?

Yes, as long as it’s not agency specific (policy, equipment, HR). Each officer can count 8 hours of Lexipol per year. Must prove training if need be.

Does my new officer have to have 24 hours of in-service training?

No, if your officer graduated from BLEA in the calendar year you are auditing then they do not have to have the additional 24 hours of in-service until the next calendar year.

Can the 24 hours of training be all from one course or does it have to be several topics?

Yes, the training can be all from one course. For example, someone with one 40 hour Instructor Development course would be in compliance of the 24 hour in-service mandate.

What happens if my agency does not submit the declaration of compliance form?

If you do not submit the form by March 15th then your agency will be presumed noncompliant.

Do college hours count?

Yes, as long as it pertains to your career in Law Enforcement. One college class counts towards 24 hours of training

Our agency is implementing a new internal computer program to track leave usage/schedules and all employees are required to attend this training. Can we count that in our 24 hours?

No, this type of training is considered agency specific. The knowledge gained by this training would not be useful if your officers lateral to another agency, therefore it would not be counted.

Can we count our first aid and firearms training to meet the mandate?

Yes, the general rule is that as long as the training is not agency specific and the knowledge gained by the training can be transferred/useful throughout the officer’s career then it counts towards the 24 hour mandate.

Do the 24 hours have to be CJTC training classes?

No, the 24 hours can be any or a compilation of CJTC, vendor, or agency developed training as long as it is legitimate training (not agency specific training) and you have a completion certificate and/or documentation on file.

Can we count time reading the Law Enforcement Digest (LED)?

No. Reading the LED does not count as training. However, if someone in your agency develops training based on an LED and provides it to the agency personnel then that counts. Just be sure to document the topic and duration of the training and be prepared to explain/defend it if necessary.

Can you count Instructor hours as training hours?

No, only training hours that continue your education will be accepted.

We hired a lateral that came to us in June; can the training from their previous agency count?

Yes, in fact the agency that employs the officer at the end of the year is responsible for their compliance with the mandate. You should request a training record from the previous agency and add any training from January to the time you hired them to any training you have given them and combined it should meet the 24 hour mandate.

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