POST Rules: Chapter 7



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CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING STANDARDS FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS

Any person who has been employed on a permanent basis as a correctional officer for five (5) consecutive years, and who is employed as a correctional officer by the Wyoming Department of Corrections on July 6, 2006, shall be certified as a certified correctional officer by the director.

Section 1. Temporary Certification.

(a) Correctional officers shall meet the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1.

Section 2. Reserve Certification.

(a) A reserve correctional officer shall meet the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1.

(b) Every person who is appointed as a part-time correction officer on or after July 1, 2005, shall forfeit his position unless within two (2) years from the date of his appointment he is awarded a certificate by the director attesting that he satisfactorily completed a commission approved correctional officer basic training program and has demonstrated the core competencies of a correctional officer as defined by the employing agency in cooperation with the commission.

(c) A reserve correctional 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) Correctional 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 correctional officer certification signed by both the reserve officer and the department administrator shall be made to the commission prior to the expiration of current certification.

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

Section 3. Correctional Officer Basic Certification.

(a) A correctional officer shall meet the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1.

(b) A correctional officer shall be a permanent full-time employee of the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

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

(d) A person shall not be appointed as a correctional office on a permanent basis on or after July 1, 2006, unless within one (1) year from the date of his original appointment he is awarded a certification by the director attesting that he satisfactorily completed a commission approved correctional officer's basic training program and has demonstrated the core competencies of a correctional officer as defined by the employing agency in cooperation with the commission.

    (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) The commission may extend the one (1) year time requirement of this section upon the written application of the correctional officer and his employer. The application shall explain the circumstances which make the extension necessary. Factors which the commission may consider in granting or denying the extension include the illness of a correctional officer or a member of his immediate family or the absence of reasonable access to the basic course. The commission shall not grant an extension exceeding one hundred eighty (180) days.

(f) Failure of an officer to complete the requirements of this section shall result in the denial of certification by the commission.

Section 4. Advanced Correctional Officer Certification.

(a) Every person who holds a permanent appointment and holds a basic certification as a correctional 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 correctional officer, the officer shall receive certification as a advanced officer.

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

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

Section 5. Professional Correctional Officer Certification.

(a) Professional certification shall be awarded to correctional officers who meet any of the following requirements:

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

    (ii) Has been awarded as associate's college 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 correctional officer; or 

    (iii) Has been awarded a baccalaureate college degree, has been awarded advanced correctional certification and has completed one (1) year additional experience as a correctional officer.

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

(c) Correctional 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 in 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 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.

The commission may, upon recommendation of the employing agency, waive the basic correctional training program and certify those applicants who can pass a written examination provide by the commission and an oral interview attesting to the applicant's ability and core competencies in corrections. The applicant shall prove that he satisfactorily completed a basic correctional officer training program which in the commission's opinion is comparable to that required by this section before waiver is granted.

(a) Currently certified Wyoming correctional officers.

    (i) Those officers who hold current Wyoming correctional certification may be re-employed providing the employing agency completes the background investigation required by Chapter 6, Section 1 (c).

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

(b) Correctional officers previously certified in Wyoming.

    (i) Those officers who have been unemployed as a correctional officer less than three (3) years may be certified provided the applicant satisfies the provisions of Chapter 6, Section.

    (ii) Those officers who have been unemployed as correctional officers for more than three years, but less than five (5) years may be certified provided the applicant satisfies the provisions of Chapter 6, 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 for correctional basic; 

        (C) Provides proof of current CPR certification;

    (iii) Officers who have been unemployed as correctional officers for five (5) years or more and have less than five (5) continuous years as a full time correctional officer shall satisfy the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1, and successfully complete a full correctional basic course to become certified.

    (iv) Officers who have been unemployed as correctional 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 correctional officer may attend the P.O.S.T. approved mini correctional basic in lieu of the full correctional basic course. Upon successful completion of the mini correctional basic, the correctional challenge process, and compliance with the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1, the officer shall be granted correctional certification. Approval to attend the mini correctional basic shall only be granted by the commission.

(c) Correctional officers certified/trained in states other than Wyoming.

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

        (A) The applicant officer has been unemployed as a correctional officer less than five (5) years.

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

        (C) The applicant officer satisfies the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1.

        (D) The applicant officer passes a written correctional 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 for correctional basic;

        (F) The applicant officer provides proof of current CPR Certification.

    (ii) Officers who have been unemployed as correctional officers for five (5) years or more and have less than five (5) continuous years as a full time correctional officer shall satisfy the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1, and successfully complete a full correctional basic course to become certified.

    (iii) Officers who have been unemployed as correctional 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 correctional officer may attend the post approved mini correctional basic in lieu of the full correctional basic course. Upon successful completion of the mini correctional basic, the correctional challenge process, and the compliance with the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 1, the officer shall be granted correctional certification. Approval to attend the mini correctional basic shall only be granted by the commission.

Section 8. Credit for College Hours.

(a) Job related 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. 





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