- Requirement for in-service training - WAC 139-050-300
The commission recognizes that continuing education and training is the cornerstone for a successful career as a peace officer in providing competent public safety services to the communities of Washington state.
(1) Effective January 1, 2006, every peace officer certified under RCW 43.101.095 or 43.101.157 will complete a minimum of twenty-four hours of in-service training annually.
(a) This requirement is effective January 1, 2006, for incumbent officers.
(b) The in-service training requirement for each newly hired officer must begin on January 1st of the calendar year following their certification as a result of successful completion of the basic law enforcement academy, equivalency academy, or approved waiver as provided by WAC 139-03-030.
(c) Training may be developed and provided by the employer or other training resources.
(d) The commission will publish guidelines for approved in-service training.
(e) As of July 1, 2018, the twenty-four hours must include the successful completion of the training commission's two-hour annual online crisis intervention course prescribed under RCW 43.101.427.
(2) 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.
(a) The in-service training requirement for each newly appointed reserve peace officer/tribal peace officer must begin on January 1st of the calendar year following their appointment as a result of successful completion of the basic reserve law enforcement academy, basic reserve academy equivalency process, or approved waiver as provided by WAC 139-03-030.
(b) Training may be developed and provided by the employer or other training resources.
(c) The commission will publish guidelines for approved in-service training.
(d) As of July 1, 2018, the twenty-four hours must include the successful completion of the training commission's two-hour annual online crisis intervention course prescribed under RCW 43.101.427.
(3) All records for training required for this rule must be maintained by the employing agency and be available for review upon request by an authorized commission representative.
(a) The commission will maintain records of successfully completed commission-registered courses.
(b) Upon request, the commission will furnish a record keeping template for use by agencies to track training.
(4) The sheriff or chief of an agency may request an extension of three months for peace officers in their employ by notification in writing to the commission, identifying those specific officers.
(a) A sheriff or chief may request a three-month personal extension of the requirement by doing so in writing to the commission.
(b) Written requests submitted under the provision of this subsection must be received by December 1st of the calendar year in question.
(c) The three month extension under this provision provides the individuals named until March 31st to complete the mandated twenty-four hours.
(d) Any training obtained during this three month extension only counts towards the previous year being audited.
(5) The commission auditor may, on a case-by-case basis, grant exceptions for individuals with extenuating circumstances where the employing agency has made every reasonable effort to obtain training for the officer.
The WSCJTC provides training for criminal justice personnel responding to people in a mental health crisis. Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT), involves working in a team with mental health practitioners, law enforcement, medical personnel, and other first responders. The focus is to provide the best services possible to the individual in a mental health crisis.
In 2008, the WSCJTC created a curriculum manual with suggested course materials on CIT. The WSCJTC also has informational guides available by request from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations.
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1. Crisis Intervention Training Suggested Course Materials Manual - WSCJTC 053108
2. Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses, Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) 2008
3. A Guide to Implementing Police-Based Diversion Programs for People with Mental Illness, Melissa Reuland, January 2004, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
In 2010, the WSCJTC partnered with King County Mental Health to provide CIT Training to first responders working or assigned to King County. CIT-King CO training includes 40-hour, 8-hr, and much more.