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NEW CIT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

The State Legislature passed SSB 5311*, known as The Doug Ostling Act, establishing requirements for Crisis Intervention Training for all Peace Officers in Washington, The three main requirements are:

  1. All BLEA recruits must receive 8 hours of CIT training (This is already happening at CJTC)
  2. All full-time, general authority peace officers must have a minimum of 8-hours of CIT training by 2021.
  3. All full-time, general authority peace officers must receive at least 2 hours of refresher training each year beginning in July 2017.

*The bill also contains language recommending CJTC provide a 40-hour CIT class to 25% of all certified peace officers assigned to patrol duties.  This is already available.

What does your agency need to do to meet these requirements?

  • By 2021 you must show that all of your full-time, general authority peace officers have received 8-hours of CIT training (see attached page for descriptions of training that meets this requirement.)
  • Beginning July 2017 you must show that all of your officers have completed 2 hours of refresher training each year. 

What is being done by CJTC to assist you in meeting these requirements?

  • 8-hour and 40-hour in-service classes are being presented in all regions in the state.  Check here for the class schedule.
  • Reimbursement for backfill overtime is available; CJTC will provide grants to agencies to cover the cost of sending officers to CIT training.
  • Online 2-hour blocks of refresher training will be available beginning July 1, 2017.