RULE 132.00.15-003 - Specification S-15 Certification of Law Enforcement Officers

RULE 132.00.15-003. Specification S-15 Certification of Law Enforcement Officers

This specification supplements Section 1010, 1011, and 1012 of the Regulations which provides for the issue of Basic, General, Intermediate, Advanced, Senior, Part-time I, Part-time II and Auxiliary Certificates to law enforcement officers meeting prescribed standards of training, education and experience.

REQUIREMENTS

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

(a) To be eligible for the award of a certificate, each applicant must be a law enforcement officer appointed by a law enforcement unit located within the State of Arkansas. (Refer to Regulation 1001(9))

(b) Each applicant shall meet the Commission's prescribed minimum standards for employment established pursuant to Regulation 1002 except those Full-time law enforcement officers who were employed before January 1, 1978. Those persons are "grandfathered" and exempt from meeting any selection or training requirements, provided they have been continually employed by the same agency since December 31, 1977.

(c) Each applicant should attest that he subscribes to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

(d) All applications for an award of the Basic, General, Intermediate, Advanced or Senior Certificates shall be completed on the Form F-7, Application for Award of Law Enforcement Officer Certificate.

(e) In addition to the requirements set forth above for the award of a General, Intermediate, Advanced or Senior Certificate, each applicant shall have completed the designated education and training combined with the prescribed law enforcement experience.

(f) Education and training must be supported by copies of transcripts, certificates, diplomas, or other verifying documents attached to the application. Each training document must verify the number of classroom hours claimed.

2. EDUCATION POINTS

(a) Each semester credit unit granted by a college or university, approved in accordance with Specification S-8, paragraph (a), operating on a semester schedule, shall equal one education point.

(b) Each quarter credit unit granted by a college or university, approved in accordance with Specification S-8, paragraph (a), operating on a quarter schedules, shall equal .75 education points.

3. TRAINING POINTS

Twenty (20) classroom hours of police training approved by the Commission shall equal one training point.

(a) Basic, Refresher, Supervisory, Middle Management, Executive, or Specialized courses certified, sponsored, or presented by the Commission will be acceptable for training credit.

(b) The Commission may approve departmental or other in-service training which is recorded and documented in the personnel files of the trainee's department. These records must confirm successful completion and must include the date completed, course or subject title, sponsoring agency, classroom training hours and/or college credit hours. (See Form F-10 for sample training log form)

(c) Training completed in other states, military police training, and other specialized training, if properly documented and approved by the Commission as being required and/or useful to the department, may be allowed.

(d) With proper documentation Certified Instructors may claim course completion credit for the first time the law enforcement class is instructed.

(e) College credits earned in law enforcement related subjects may be counted for either training points or education points, whichever is to the advantage of the applicant.

4. LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE

Experience acquired as a sworn law enforcement officer employed full-time and having statutory authority to enforce state or federal criminal, traffic, or highway laws may be approved. Experience acquired with a police agency whose standards are lower than minimum standards established by the Commission will be rejected.

Law Enforcement experience claimed is subject to staff evaluation and final approval of the Commission.

5. ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS

When determination of "eligibility of certification" of persons defined in Act 452 of 1975, becomes necessary for establishing qualifications to apply for, file for, or hold certain positions or elective office, as required by laws, the following procedures shall apply:

(a) The applicant shall submit a letter to the commission requesting voluntary participation in the certification program. The commission also reserves the right to initiate the exploration of eligibility.

(b) Any person approved for certification will be required to meet the minimum standards for employment or appointment as defined in Regulation 1002 and the training requirements established or approved by the Commission.

(c) The acceptance of previous military police experience will be determined on an individual basis. That experience which is limited to the enforcement of the Uniform Code of Military Justice is not acceptable as being the equivalent experience of a federal, state, county, or municipal law enforcement officer who enforces the criminal, traffic, or highway laws of the Federal Government or a state.

6. THE BASIC CERTIFICATE

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, the following are required for the award of the Basic Certificate:

(a) Shall have completed a probationary period of not less than twelve (12) months with his present department. (Refer to Regulation 1003)

(b) Shall have successfully completed the required Basic Police Training Course (Refer to Specification S-9) or the equivalent as determined by the Commission.

7. THE GENERAL CERTIFICATE

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, the following are required for the award of the General Certificate:

(a) Shall possess the Basic Certificate.

(b) Shall have satisfactorily completed the Basic Police Training Course approved by the Commission and have acquired the following combinations of education and training points combined with the prescribed years of law enforcement experience.

GENERAL

Education Points and/or Training Points

15

23

30

38

AND

&

&

&

&

Years of Experience

5

4

3

2

8. THE INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATE

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, the following are required for the award of the Intermediate Certificate:

(a) Shall possess or be eligible to possess a General Certificate.

(b) Shall have satisfactorily completed six (6) semester hours of college English or its equivalent from a college or university, approved in accordance with Specification S-8, paragraph (a) with at least a 2.0 grade average on a 4.0 point scale. (Note: Equivalency will be determined in writing from the English Department Head of the college or university granting credit for the course)

(c) Shall have acquired the following combinations of education and training points combined with the prescribed years of law enforcement experience:

Education Points And/or Training Points

30

45

60

75

Associate Degree

AND

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&

&

&

&

Years of Experience

8

7

6

5

4

9. THE ADVANCED CERTIFICATE

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, the following are required for the award of the Advanced Certificate:

(a) Shall possess or be eligible to possess the Intermediate Certificate.

(b) Shall have acquired the following combinations of education and training points combined with the prescribed years of law enforcement experience and have attained the college level indicated with an overall grade average of at least 2.0:

Semester Hours

6

15

30

45

Associate Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Training Hours

420

360

300

240

210

210

Years of Experience

16

14

12

10

8

6

10. THE SENIOR CERTIFICATE

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, the following are required for the award of the Senior Certificate:

(a) Shall possess or be eligible to possess the Advanced Certificate.

(b) Shall have acquired the following combinations of education and training points combined with the prescribed years of law enforcement experience and have attained the college level indicated with an overall grade average of at least 2.0:

Semester Hours

30

45

Associate Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree

Training Hours

720

600

480

360

240

Years of Experience

18

15

12

9

6

11. PART-TIME I LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

(Authorized to be employed 20 or more, but less than 40 hours per week). Refer to Regulation 1001(21).

The following is required for the award of this certificate. The applicant shall have:

(a) Completed the minimum standards for employment or appointment as outlined in Regulation 1002;

(b) Satisfactorily completed the prescribed Basic Police Training or its equivalent, as required for Full-time law enforcement officers. (See Specification S-9)

(c) Completed the twelve (12) months probationary period with the employing department. (See Regulation 1003)

(d) Application for award of this certificate will be made on Commission Form F-7.

12. PART-TIME II LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

(Authorized to be employed less than 20 hours per week) Refer to Regulation 1001 (22).

The following is required for the award of this certificate. The applicant shall have:

(a) Completed the minimum standards for employment or appointment as outlined in Regulation 1002;

(b) Satisfactorily completed the prescribed Part-time Basic Police Training Course consisting of not less than 110 hour or its equivalent;

(c) Completed the twelve (12) month probationary period with the employing department.

(d) Application for award of this certificate will be made on Commission Form F-7.

(e)

13. AUXILIARY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

(This supplements Regulation 1011)

(a) REQUIREMENTS

(1) An Auxiliary law enforcement officer is any reserve, volunteer, mounted patrol and other similar terms in common usage and refers to persons appointed and who receive no salary or wages for the performance of any duties.

(2) To be eligible for award of this certificate an Auxiliary law enforcement officer must:

(a) Meet the minimum standards for employment or appointment as outlined in Regulation 1002.

(b) Complete the twelve (12) month probationary period with its appointing department as prescribed in Regulation 1003.

(c) Satisfactorily complete not less than 110 hours of Commission approved law enforcement training prior to being appointed as an Auxiliary officer.

(d) Satisfactorily complete a Commission approved firearms qualification course equivalent to the firearms qualification course required for full-time law enforcement officers.

(b) GENERAL INFORMATION

(1) An auxiliary law enforcement officer who does not meet the minimum standards for employment or training shall not take any official action as a law enforcement officer and any action taken shall be held as invalid.

(2) All persons who were serving as Auxiliary law enforcement officers prior to March 24, 1993 must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and never entered a plea or found guilty of a felony at any time.

(3) All persons serving as Auxiliary law enforcement officers prior to the effective date of the Act shall have one (1) year to complete or have completed the training requirements or its equivalent as determined by the Commission.

14. CERTIFICATES REMAIN PROPERTY OF THE COMMISSION

Certificates remain the property of the Commission, and the Commission shall have the power to recall or revoke any certificate as provided in the Act.

(a) The Commission may revoke the certification of any law enforcement officer after written notice and hearing, based upon a finding that the officer falsified any information required to obtain certification or has been discharged from employment as a law enforcement officer for conduct or involvement in any act which is prohibited by law.

(b) Recommendations to the Commission from a department head for recalling certification of an officer will be supported by a letter of justification. Upon receipt of the recommendation and letter of justification, the matter will be reviewed by the Commission and upon approval; the recall action will comply with the State Administrative Procedures Act.

(c) The certification of any law enforcement officer shall expire if the officer does not serve as a law enforcement officer for six (6) consecutive months

15. CHIEF OF POLICE CERTIFICATE - (NON- MANDATORY)

In accordance with Arkansas Code Annotated ยง 12-9-104, the following are suggested selection and training requirements and non-mandatory basic and advanced levels of certification for Chiefs of Police.

A. LEVEL ONE CHIEF

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, a Chief of Police seeking the award of Chief of Police Certificate - Level One should:

(1) Hold intermediate law enforcement officer certification or higher.

(2) Complete a minimum of forty (40) hours of police supervision/management training.

(3) Possess a minimum of two (2) years of police supervisory or management experience.

B. LEVEL TWO CHIEF

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, a Chief of Police seeking the award of Police Certificate - Level Two should:

(1) Hold advanced law enforcement officer certification or higher.

(2) Successfully complete police supervision and/or management course of instruction of four (4) week or more duration, such as the FBI Academy or the School of Police Supervision offered by the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute or a comparable course such as those offered by the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Southern Police Institute, or Northwestern University.

(3) Possess a minimum of five (5) years' experience as a police chief or staff level command officer.

C. SENIOR CHIEF

In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this specification, a Chief of Police seeking the award of Chief of Police Certificate - Senior Chief should:

(1) Hold the senior law enforcement officer certification.

(2) Successfully complete police supervision and/or management course of instruction of four (4) weeks or more duration, such as the FBI Academy or the School or Police Supervision offered by the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute or a comparable course such as those offered by the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Southern Police Institute, or Northwestern University.

(3) Possess a minimum of five (5) years' experience as police chief.

PROCEDURE

Applications for Chief's certification shall be made on Form 7a.

(2/23/2016)

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