Frequently Asked Questions
2014 Audit Declaration Form
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When did WAC 139-05-300 go into effect?
Effective January 1, 2006 ever peace officer certified under RCW 43.101.095 is required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of In-Service training annually.
What Training courses will be eligible for In-Service credit?
All sponsored and recognized courses offered by the WSCJTC - Training provided in Washington State by federal partners, i.e., FBI, FLETC, IACP, as well as WASPC’s training day. Agency training on Defensive Tactics, Blood borne Pathogens, EVOC, Firearms, First Aid etc. - Training which currently meets the core and elective requirements for Career Level Certification.
What training is not eligible for in-service credit?
Training on agency policy and equipment purchases, reading the Law Enforcement Digest, and committee and association meetings will not be eligible for in-service credits.
Who is required to maintain records of In-Service training?
All records for training required for WAC 139-05-300 must be maintained by the employing agency and be available for review upon request by an authorized commission representative.
How should I document our training?
Whatever works best for your agency. Many agencies have purchased training tracking software, others use an Excel spreadsheet. We have created a training record template to assist you. This document can be modified to suit your needs. Download the template here.
Is my new officer required 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.
I have a new officer that came from out of state. They went through the Equivalency Academy this year and they are doing an in-house FTO program at our agency. Do they have to have 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.
Does 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 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.
Our agency is implementing a new internal computer program to track leave usage and 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 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 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.
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.
Our Agency uses Lexipol, can we count this time towards our 24 training hours?
You can count up to 8 hours per person per year for Lexipol, however the topics cannot be agency specific policy or procedure.
What if my agency does not submit the declaration of compliance form declaring that we have audited our records and we are compliant?
If you do not submit a declaration of compliance form to Leanna Bidinger, Statewide Regional Training Coordinator, by the March 15th deadline then your agency will automatically be documented as non-compliant.