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:
- All BLEA recruits must receive 8 hours of CIT training (This is already happening at CJTC)
- All full-time, general authority peace officers must have a minimum of 8-hours of CIT training by 2021.
- 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.