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 24-hours of in-service training annually. 

Training Records

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.  We have provided a 24-hour Mandate - Excel Training Tracking Template available for use; feel free to modify the template. Certificates or documentation of training completed must also be on file.

Submission Requirements

The Declaration of Compliance form 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 1 - December 31, 2022  March 15, 2023

 

Please submit completed and signed declaration forms by mail or email to kwold@cjtc.wa.gov.  Compliant agencies will receive a letter and certificate of compliance after March 15.

2-Hour Annual Online CIT Course Mandate

  • RCW 43.101.427, WAC 139-05-300, and WAC 139-09-020, requires all certified peace officers and reserve officers to successfully pass the WSCJT’s 2-hour CIT course as part of the 24-hour annual in-service training requirement.
  • Successful completion of the 2-hour CIT course requires a passing score of 80% or higher and will include a certificate of completion.
    • This requirement needs to be completed annually between January 1 - December 31, each year.
    • If an officer completes the Basic Law Enforcement Academy or Equivalency Academy during the auditing year, they are not required to take the 2-hour CIT course until the following year.
    • If an Officer resigned/retired during the auditing calendar year, they are not required to be reported in the audit.
    • Failure to complete this course, may result in a non-compliance for your agency.
    • If you need an agency completion report, you can email cit@cjtc.wa.gov.
    • If you need assistance with the 2-hour CIT course in Acadis, please contact lms@cjtc.wa.gov.

    Extensions

    If an officer has been out on documented leave, they may request an extension to fulfill their required training hours per WAC 139-05-300 (4). A chief or sheriff may request a three-month extension by doing so in writing to the Commission. The three-month extension provides the individual named until March 31 to complete the remaining mandated 24-hours and or the 2-hour CIT annual training. Any training obtained during the three-month extension only counts towards the previous year being audited. Extensions must be submitted by December 1 of the calendar year in question.

    Waivers

    If an officer is unable to complete the training requirements due to extenuating circumstances (military, medical or admin leave), the agency may request a waiver if an officer was out on documented leave from October through the end of the year. Requests must be received by December 1 of the calendar year in question. Denials may be appealed to the Commission under WAC 139-03-030.

    Requested Materials (for extensions or waivers)

    A letter from the agency’s chief of sheriff on agency head outlining:

    • The officers name and dates of absence
    • Type of request being submitted
    • An explanation pertaining to why the training could not be completed in the mandated timeframe.

    Eligible Training

    Eligible training includes all courses offered by the WSCJTC, 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. In addition, you can count up to 8-hours per person per year for Lexipol, however the topics cannot be agency specific policy or procedures.

    The 24-hours can be completed by one course or by any combination of WSCJTC, vendor, online, or agency developed training as long as it is not agency specific. The training gained must transfer with the officer and be useful throughout the office’s career. There must be a completion certificate or other documentation on file.

    For more online training opportunities, please visit our training portal in Acadis.

    New Officers & Lateral Officers

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

    • New officer with BLEA – no additional 24 hours.
    • Out-of-state lateral who attended WSCJTC’s Equivalency Academy – 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.

    Contact

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

    Kayla Wold, 24-hour In-Service Auditor
    (206) 835-7306
    kwold@cjtc.wa.gov


    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)?

    The LED’s were converted to an online (Acadis) training platform in June 2020. For each version, 1 hour can be applied towards the 24 hour in-service audit. Please note, you will need to pass the course with a score of 80% or higher and your training manager will need to assign the training to you.

    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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