POST Rules: Chapter 4



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CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING STANDARDS FOR DETENTION OFFICERS

Section 1 - Temporary Certification

(a) Detention officers shall meet the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1.

Section 2 - Reserve Certification

(a) An Officer shall meet the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1.

(b) No person shall receive a reserve certification unless within two (2) years from the date of employment such person has completed a Commission approved detention officer basic training program and holds an appointment as a detention officer by a Wyoming law enforcement unit.

(c) A reserve officer certification awarded to an individual complying with this section shall be valid for a period of two (2) years from date of issuance.

(d) Officers awarded reserve certification shall meet continuing training requirements of twenty (20) hours every two (2) years to maintain their reserve certification.  Verification of the required training shall be provided to the Commission within two (2) years of the date of reserve certification, and every two (2) years thereafter. 

(e) Written application for renewal of reserve certification signed by both the reserve officer and the department administrator shall be made to the Commission prior to the expiration of the current certification.

(f) Failure of any reserve officer to complete the requirements of this section shall result in the denial of re-certification.

Section 3 - Detention Officer Basic Certification

(a) An officer shall meet the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1.

(b) A detention officer shall be a permanent full-time employee of a law enforcement unit in the state of Wyoming.

(c) No person shall receive a basic certification unless such person has completed a Commission approved detention officer basic training program.

(d) All full-time Wyoming detention officers shall have one (1) year from the date of employment to complete a Commission approved detention officer basic training program.

    (i)    The full basic course curriculum and number of training hours shall be approved yearly by the                       Commission.

    (ii)    The mini basic course curriculum and number of training hours shall be approved yearly by the                    Commission.

(e) Failure of any full-time detention officer to complete the requirements of this section shall result in the denial of re-certification.

Section 4 - Advanced Detention Officer Certification

(a) every person who holds a permanent appointment and holds a basic certification as a detention officer in any law enforcement unit in the state of Wyoming is required to complete additional training beyond the requirements of the basic certification.

(b) Upon satisfactory completion of an additional twenty (20) hours of commission approved training, and following one (1) year of additional experience as a detention officer, the officer shall receive certification as a advanced officer.

(c) The advanced training requirements in the section shall be completed within two (2) years following the date of basic certification.

(d) Failure of any detention office to complete advanced training as provided by this section shall result in the denial of recertification.

Section 5 - Professional Detention Officer Certification

(a) Professional certification shall be awarded to an officer who meets any of the following requirements:

    (i)    Has been awarded advanced certification, has completed an additional forty (40) hours of commission approved training and has acquired three (3) additional years of experience as a detention officer;

    (ii)    Has been awarded an associate's degree, has been awarded advanced certification, has completed an additional twenty (20) hours of commission approved training and has two (2) additional years of experience as a detention officer; or

(b) The professional training requirements of this section shall be completed no later than three (3) years following the date of advanced certification.

(c) Detention officers awarded professional certification shall complete twenty (20) hours of continuing training every two (2) years.  Verification of Required training shall be provided to the Commission within two (2) years following the date of professional certification, and every two (2) years thereafter.

(d) Failure of any officer to complete the requirements of professional training as provided by this section shall result in the denial of re-certification.

Section 6 - Extension of Time Requirements for Training

The Commission may grant an extension of time limit for completion of continuing training required by these rules upon a presentation of evidence by the department that an officer is unable to complete the required training within the time limit prescribed because of illness, injury, military service, special duty assigned or required in the public interest of the concerned jurisdiction, or because of restriction on the availability of required training.

Section 7 - Re-entry Employment

(a) Currently certified Wyoming officers

    (i)    Those officers who hold current Wyoming certification may be re-employed provided the employing               agency completes the background investigation required by Chapter 2, Section 1(C).

    (ii)    The employing agency shall submit a Re-entry Employment Form to the Commission within fifteen               (15) days of appointment.

(b) Officers previously certified in Wyoming:

    (i)    Those officers who have been employed as a detention officer within the past three (3) years may be            certified provided the applicant satisfies the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1.

    (ii)     Those officers who have been employed as detention officers more than three (3) years but less than             five (5) years ago may be certified provided the applicant satisfies the provisions of Chapter 2,                        Section 1, and

        (A)    Passes a written challenge examination provided by the Commission (the examination may only                 be taken twice);

        (B)    Successfully completes the Wyoming Criminal Law and Procedures Course provided by the                        Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for detention basic;

        (C)    Proves firearms proficiency by passing the WLEA firearms qualification course required for                            detention basic.  The POST firearms proficiency challenge test shall be conducted by a POST                    certified firearms instructor from another agency, qualified pursuant to the WLEA firearms                            instructor course and fired on WLEA qualification targets; and

        (D)    Provides proof of current CPR certification.

    (iii)    Officers who were employed as detention officers five (5) years or more ago and have had less than             five (5) continuous years as a full time detention officer shall satisfy the provisions of Chapter 2,                    Section 1, and successfully complete a full detention basic course to become certified.

    (iv)    Officers who were employed as detention officers five (5) years, but less than ten (10) years ago, and             who had been employed for five (5) or more continuous years as a full time detention officer may                    attend the POST approved mini detention basic in lieu of the full detention basic course.  Upon                    successful completion of the mini detention basic, the detention challenge process, and compliance             with the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1, the officer shall be granted detention certification.                        Approval to attend the mini detention basic shall only be granted by the Director.

(c) Officers certified/trained in states other than Wyoming:

    (i)    Those officers who have previously established certification or completed basic training in states other            than Wyoming may petition the Commission for certification only upon the following conditions:

        (A)    The applicant officer has been employed as a detention officer within the past five (5).

        (B)    The applicant officer can provide documentation of the successful completion of a detention officer                 basic program that is, in the Commission's opinion, comparable to the Wyoming detention officer                 basic offered during the same time period;

        (C)    The applicant officer satisfies the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1;

        (D)    The applicant officer passes a written challenge examination provided by the Commission (the                    examination may only be taken twice);

        (E)    The applicant officer successfully completes the Wyoming criminal law and procedures course                     provided by the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for detention basic;

        (F)    The applicant officer proves firearms proficiency by passing the WLEA firearms qualification                        course required for detention basic.  The POST firearms proficiency challenge test shall be                        conducted by a POST certified firearms instructor from another agency qualified pursuant to the                    WLEA firearms instructor course and fired on WLEA qualification targets; and

        (G)    The applicant officer provides proof of current CPR certification.

    (ii)    Officers who were last employed as detention officers more than five (5) years ago and have had less             then five (5) continuous years as a full time detention office shall satisfy the provisions of Chapter 2,             Section 1, and successfully complete a full detention basic course to become certified;

    (iii)    Officers who have been unemployed as detention officers for five (5) years, but less than ten (10)                   years, and had been employed for five (5) or more continuous years as a full time detention officer                may attend the POST approved mini detention basic in lieu of the full detention basic course.  Upon             successful completion of the mini detention basic, the detention challenge process, and compliance             with the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1, the officer shall be granted detention certification.                     Approval to attend the mini detention basic shall only be granted by the Director.

Section 8 - Pre-service Graduate Certification

(a) A pre-service applicant shall meet the provisions of Chapter 2, Section 1.

(b) A pre-service applicant shall pass the Commission's entry level exam.

(c) A pre-service graduate is certifiable upon employment after two (2) years from date of graduation.

(d) A pre-service graduate is certifiable upon employment after two (2) years but before five (5) years if the graduate completes the challenge process.

(e) A pre-service graduate whose fifth anniversary since graduation has passed shall successfully complete the current detention officer basic course.

(f) Hiring agencies may accept a pre-service graduate's psychological up to one (1) year from graduation date if the agency has received and reviewed the exam results.

Section - Certification of Correctional Officer as Detention Officer 

(a) Currently Wyoming certified Correctional Officers:

    (i)     Correctional officers who hold current Wyoming Correctional Officer certification must complete the                following:

        (A)    The applicant officer successfully completes the POST approved mini detention basic in lieu of                     the full detention basic course;

        (B)    The applicant officer successfully completes the POST approved detention basic firearms course;

        (C)    The applicant officer proves firearms proficiency by passing the WLEA firearms qualification                        course required for detention officer basic.  The POST firearms proficiency challenge test shall be                 conducted by a POST certified firearms instructor qualified from another agency pursuant to the                    WLEA firearms instructor course and fired on WLEA qualification targets;

        (D)    The applicant officer successfully passes a written challenge examination provided by the                            Commission (the examination may only be taken twice); and

        (E)    the applicant officer provides proof of current CPR certification.

(b) Previously certified Correctional Officers

    (i)    Correctional officers not holding a current Wyoming certification, who have previously established                   certification or completed a correctional officer basic training course and have been employed as a               correctional officer within the past five (5) years must satisfy the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1,               and complete the following:

        (A)    The applicant officer successfully completes the POST approved mini detention basic in lieu of                     the full detention basic course;

        (B)    The applicant officer successfully completes the POST approved detention basic firearms course;

        (C)    The applicant officer proves firearms proficiency by passing the WLEA firearms qualification                         course required for detention officer basic.  The POST firearms proficiency challenge test shall be                  conducted by a POST certified firearms instructor qualified from another agency pursuant to the                  WLEA firearms instructor course and fired on WLEA qualification targets;

        (D)    The applicant officer successfully passes a written challenge examination provided by the                             Commission (the examination may only be taken twice); and 

        (E)    The applicant officer provides proof of current CPR certification.

Section 10 - Credit for College Semester Hours

(a) Job related semester credits will be equivalent to ten (10) Commission training hours.

(b) If a college is using the quarter system, the quarter hours are equivalent to seven (7) Commission training hours.

(c) College hours can only be applied to continuing training requirements.

Section 11 - Detention Officers Working with Juveniles in Collocated Facilities

(a) Detention officers who work with both juveniles and adult inmates in collocated facilities shall be trained and certified to work with juveniles.  The training program shall include, at a minimum, the following areas:

    (i)    Youth development;

    (ii)    Adolescent physical health;

    (iii)    Adolescent mental health; and

    (iv)    Nonviolent crises intervention.