Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Chapter 259
Rule Caption: Update DOC BCC program/hours to correspond with DPSST course; Clarify documentation.
Adm. Order No.: DPSST 6-2013
Filed with Sec. of State: 3-8-2013
Certified to be Effective: 3-8-13
Notice Publication Date: 8-1-2012
Rules Amended: 259-008-0025
Subject: In January 2012, the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) began delivering the new six-week basic corrections program, which is now the state standard for basic corrections training. The new program represents a substantial restructuring of basic corrections training, both with areas of additional instruction and with a significant increase in participatory learning activities. Specifically, 51 hours of reality based scenarios and eight hours of problem-based learning exercises were added to the program.
This rule update increases the overall minimum course hours for the Department of Correction’s Basic Corrections Course to correspond with the new DPSST course and outlines the required program restructuring to reflect those updates. The update also clarifies the documentation required for purposes of determining equivalency of the overall program structure and of training delivery.
Rules Coordinator: Linsay Hale—(503) 378-2431
Minimum Standards for Training
(1) Basic Course:
(a) Except as provided in OAR 259-008-0035, all law enforcement officers, telecommunicators, and emergency medical dispatchers must satisfactorily complete the prescribed Basic Course, including the field training portion. The Basic Course and field training portion must be completed within twelve months from the date of employment by corrections officers and within 18 months by police officers, parole and probation officers, telecommunicators, and emergency medical dispatchers.
(b) The field training program shall be conducted under the supervision of the employing department. When the field training manual is properly completed, the sign-off pages of the field training manual must be forwarded to the Department. Upon the approval of the Department, the employee shall receive credit toward basic certification.
(c) Effective July 1, 2007, all police officers must satisfactorily complete the Department’s physical fitness standard. The Department’s physical standard is:
(A) Successful completion of the OR-PAT at 5:30 (five minutes and thirty seconds) when tested upon entry at the Basic Police Course; or
(B) Successful completion of the OR-PAT at 5:30 (five minutes and thirty seconds) when tested prior to graduation from the Basic Police Course.
(d) Law enforcement officers who have previously completed the Basic Course, but have not been employed as a law enforcement officer as defined in ORS 181.610 and OAR 259-008-0005 during the last five (5) years or more, must satisfactorily complete the full required Basic Course to qualify for certification. This requirement may be waived by the Department upon a finding that the applicant has current knowledge and skills to perform as an officer.
(e) Telecommunicators and emergency medical dispatchers who have previously completed the Basic Course, but have not been employed as a telecommunicator or EMD, as described in ORS 181.610 and OAR 259-008-0005 for two and one-half (2-1/2) years or more, must satisfactorily complete the full required Basic Course to qualify for certification. This requirement may be waived by the Department upon finding that a Telecommunicator has current knowledge and skills to perform as a Telecommunicator. There is no waiver available for an emergency medical dispatcher.
(f) Previously employed telecommunicators may challenge the Basic Telecommunications Course based on the following criteria:
(A) The department head of the applicant’s employing agency shall submit the “challenge request” within the time limits set forth in the Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules.
(B) The applicant must provide proof of successful completion of prior equivalent training.
(C) The applicant must provide documentation of the course content with hour and subject breakdown.
(D) The applicant must obtain a minimum passing score on all written examinations for the course.
(E) The applicant must demonstrate performance at the minimum acceptable level for the course.
(F) Failure of written examination or demonstrated performance shall require attendance of the course challenged.
(G) The applicant will only be given one opportunity to challenge a course.
(g) Previously employed police officers, corrections officers and parole and probation officers who are required to attend the Basic Course may not challenge the Basic Course.
(h) All law enforcement officers who have previously completed the Basic Course, but have not been employed as a law enforcement officer as described in ORS 181.610 and OAR 259-008-0005 over two and one-half (2-1/2) years but less than five (5) years must complete a Career Officer Development Course if returning to the same discipline. This requirement may be waived after a staff determination that the applicant has demonstrated the knowledge and skills required for satisfactory completion of a Career Officer Development Course.
(i) Corrections and police officers who have not completed the Basic Course must begin training within 90 days of their initial date of employment.
(A) A police officer must begin training at an academy operated by the Department.
(B) A corrections officer who is employed by Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) during the period July 1, 2009 through January 1, 2014 must begin DOC Basic Corrections Course (DOC BCC) training provided by DOC as described in section (6) of this rule.
(C) A corrections officer who is not employed by DOC must begin training at an academy operated by the Department.
(D) A 30-day extension of this time period shall be granted by the Board or its designee upon receipt of a written statement of the reasons for the delay from the officer’s employer. Any delays caused by the inability of the Department to provide basic training for any reason, shall not be counted as part of the periods set forth above (refer to ORS 181.665 and 181.652).
(j) Law enforcement officers who have previously completed a basic training course out of state while employed by a law enforcement unit, or public or private safety agency, may, upon proper documentation of such training and with approval of the Department, satisfy the requirements of this section by successfully completing a prescribed Career Officer Development Course or other appropriate course of instruction.
(k) The basic course for police officers must include:
(A) Training on the law, theory, policies and practices related to vehicle pursuit driving;
(B) Vehicle pursuit training exercises, subject to the availability of funding; and
(C) A minimum of 24 hours of training in the recognition of mental illnesses utilizing a crisis intervention training model. A minimum of one hour of this training must be on the appropriate use of the medical health database maintained by the Department of State Police within the Law Enforcement Data System.
(2) Career Officer Development Course:
(a) All law enforcement officers who have not been employed as such for between two and one half (2-1/2) years and five (5) years, must satisfactorily complete a Career Officer Development Course approved by the Department.
(b) A law enforcement officer assigned to a Career Officer Development Course must also complete the Board’s field training program under the supervision of the employing department and submit to the Department a properly completed Field Training Manual. The Department may waive the Field Training Manual requirement upon demonstration by the employing agency that it is not necessary [refer to OAR 259-008-0025(1)(b)].
(A) A law enforcement officer who fails to achieve a minimum passing test score after completing a Career Officer Development Course will be given one opportunity to remediate through self-study and re-test within 60 days of the initial date of failure.
(B) A law enforcement officer who fails to achieve a minimum passing test score after re-testing will have been determined to have failed academically and will be required to attend the next available Basic Course.
(C) A law enforcement officer who is scheduled to complete a distance learning COD Course must achieve a minimum passing test score within the timeframe set by the Department. Failure to successfully complete a distance COD Course within the timeframe set by the Department will require an officer to attend the next available COD Course.
(c) The Department may also require successful completion of additional specified courses or remedial training.
(3) Supervision Course. All law enforcement officers, telecommunicators, and emergency medical dispatchers promoted, appointed, or transferred to a first-level supervisory position must satisfactorily complete Supervision training that complies with the requirements outlined in DPSST Form F-21. The required training must be completed within 12 months after initial promotion, appointment, or transfer to such position. This section applies whether the individual is promoted or transferred to a supervisory position within a department, or is appointed from an outside department, without having completed the required Supervision training within the preceding five (5) years.
(4) Middle Management Course. All law enforcement officers, telecommunicators, and emergency medical dispatchers promoted, appointed, or transferred to a middle management position must satisfactorily complete Middle Management training that complies with the requirements outlined in DPSST Form F-22. The required training must be completed within 12 months after initial promotion, appointment, or transfer to such position. This section applies whether the individual is promoted or transferred to a middle management position within a department, or is appointed to the position from an outside department without having completed the required Middle Management training within the preceding five (5) years.
(5) Specialized Courses.
(a) Specialized courses are optional and may be presented at the Academy or regionally. The curriculum is generally selected because of relevancy to current trends and needs in police, corrections, parole and probation, telecommunications, and emergency medical dispatch fields, at the local or statewide level.
(b) Specialized courses may be developed and presented by individual departments of the criminal justice system, local training districts, a college, the Department, or other interested persons. Department staff may be available to provide assistance when resources are not available in the local region.
(c) Police officers, including certified reserve officers, must be trained on how to investigate and report cases of missing children and adults.
(A) The above mandated training is subject to the availability of funds.
(B) Federal training programs must be offered to police officers, including certified reserve officers, when they are made available at no cost to the state.
(6) The DOC Basic Corrections Course.
(a) Except as provided in OAR 259-008-0035, all corrections officers hired by the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) on or after July 1, 2009, but prior to January 1, 2014, must satisfactorily complete the DOC Basic Corrections Course (DOC BCC), including the field training portion. All corrections officers must complete the DOC BCC and field training portion must be completed within twelve months from the date of employment.
(b) Prior to attending a DOC BCC, a corrections officer hired by DOC on or after July 1, 2009, but prior to January 1, 2014, must:
(A) Meet the minimum standards for employment as a law enforcement officer contained in OAR 259-008-0010;
(B) Meet the background investigation requirements for a law enforcement officer contained in OAR 259-008-0015; and
(C) Meet the minimum standards for training contained in this section.
(c) The DOC BCC must conform to the content and standard approved by the Board. The DOC BCC must include, but is not limited to:
(A) Minimum training standards for the basic certification of corrections officer employed by DOC. The minimum training developed by DOC must be adopted by the Board and must meet or exceed the minimum training standards for the basic certification of corrections officers employed by a law enforcement unit other than DOC.
(B) Minimum Course Hours. The minimum course hours are 240. DOC BCC Course hours refer to hours of training related to DPSST Instructional Goals and may include classroom, scenarios, skills sheets or other related training methodology
(i) The DOC BCC must include hours addressing all Instructional Goals within each of the following sections:
(I) Section A — 20 hours in Legal Considerations;
(II) Section B — 37 hours in Security Procedures;
(III) Section C — 43 hours in Inmate Supervision;
(IV) Section D — 16 hours in Inmate Health Care;
(V) Section E — 16 hours in Professional Skills;
(VI) Section F — 27 hours in Personal Fitness;
(VII) Section G — 41 hours in Defensive Tactics; and
(VIII) Section H — 26 hours in Skills — Firearms.
(ii) Administrative time is not included within the hours identified in subsection (i). Administrative time may be up to 6% of the overall course hours, or a maximum of 14 hours.
(iii) A minimum of 80% of the classes in the DOC BCC must include:
(I) Participatory learning activities which include, but are not limited to, scenario training, hands-on training and problem-based learning; and
(II) Sufficient hours to address the Instructional Goals in subsection (i).
(C) Attendance Standards. Attendance rosters must be kept and copies of these rosters must be submitted to the Department at the conclusion of a student’s training, or when requested by the Department. To successfully complete the DOC BCC, a student may not miss more than 10% of the DOC BCC.
(D) Notwithstanding (C) above, successful completion of the DOC BCC requires 100% attendance during classes in which the following Instructional Goals are covered:
(i) B1.2 Instruction and practice applying safe and efficient tactics for inmate monitoring, inmate counts and facility perimeter checks;
(ii) B2.2 Instruction and practice conducting appropriate, safe and systematic searches of inmates and correctional facilities;
(iii) B5.2 Instruction and practice restraining individuals in an appropriate, safe and systematic manner;
(iv) B8 Reality based scenarios that enhance a new corrections professional’s understanding and application of security procedures in a correctional facility;
(v) C3.2 Instruction and practice using interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with inmates and other persons in a correctional setting;
(vi) C10 Reality-based scenarios that enhance a new corrections professional’s understanding and application of inmate supervision strategies within a correctional facility;
(vii) D3.2 Instruction and practice applying appropriate intervention strategies for dealing with inmates with major mental illnesses;
(viii) G1 Decision-making skills related to the use of reasonable force to effectively overcome and control resistive and/or hostile behavior;
(ix) G2 Instruction and practice using reasonable force tactics to effectively overcome and control resistive and/or hostile behavior;
(x) G3 Reality-based scenarios that enhance a new corrections professional’s understanding and application of reasonable force decision-making and tactics within a correctional facility.;
(xi) H1 Basic gun-handling skills; and
(xii) H2 Basic understanding of the use, limitations and techniques of a service handgun, and proficiency in safety, proper gun-handling, marksmanship and firearms tactics.
(E) Conduct. An individual attending a DOC BCC is expected to uphold the minimum moral fitness standards for Oregon public safety officers during their training. DOC will document the date, type, and disposition of any student misconduct relating to the minimum standards for correctional officers. These include, but are not limited to, the following Zero Tolerance Offenses:
(i) Any unlawful act;
(ii) Dishonesty, lying or attempting to conceal violations;
(iv) Harassment; or
(v) Alcohol possession or use at the training venue.
(F) Course Curriculum.
(i) The DOC BCC will be based on the critical and essential job tasks identified in the most current Job Task Analysis for corrections officers provided to DOC by the Department.
(ii) The DOC BCC will incorporate the most current Instructional Goals provided to DOC by the Department.
(iii) The DOC BCC will incorporate curriculum updates provided to DOC by the Department, when those updates address the critical and essential job tasks or Instructional Goals referenced above.
(G) Academic Testing. Academic testing will consist of written test questions that are valid, create reasonable academic rigor, and require students to demonstrate knowledge and application of the essential tasks identified within the DOC BCC curriculum. DOC must administer examinations and maintain a file of examinations conducted.
(i) Academic Testing Passing Score. Except as provided below, to successfully complete the DOC BCC, students must achieve a minimum score of 75% on each academic test. If a student does not attain a 75% score, and DOC retains the student as an employee in a certifiable position, DOC must remediate the student. After remediation, a student will be allowed one opportunity to re-test and achieve a minimum score of 75%.
(ii) Students must attain a score of 100% on all academic test questions on Use of Force topics. If a student fails to attain a 100% score on Use of Force topics, and DOC retains the student as an employee in a certifiable position, DOC must remediate the student. Remediation must include the student completing the DPSST Use of Force Remediation form to demonstrate understanding of each topic missed.
(H) Skills Testing. Skills testing will consist of evaluations documented by use of Skills Sheets during which students must demonstrate competence and achieve a “pass” score in each skill tested.
(I) Test Security and Integrity.
(i) DOC must develop and strictly enforce measures to ensure the security of test questions and integrity of all testing processes.
(ii) DOC must randomize the order of test questions and must develop a sufficient bank of test questions to ensure that students who fail to achieve a passing score and are remediated are given a randomized test that includes some questions that are different than those in the test the student originally failed.
(J) Instructor Qualifications.
(i) All instructors for the DOC BCC must meet or exceed the Instructor Certification standards for instructors at DPSST Basic courses and must be currently certified by the Department in the categories instructed.
(ii) DOC must verify that an instructor providing instruction within a category has the requisite subject matter knowledge, skills and abilities.
(K) The equivalency of the DOC BCC is subject to approval by the Board and verified by ongoing audits.
(L) DOC BCC documentation must include, but is not limited to:
(i) Training schedules, to include all training related to DOC BCC hours, such as classroom, skills sheets, online training and scenarios;
(ii) Classes with associated Instructional Goals and related hours;
(iii) Participatory learning activities within each class;
(iv) Testing Measures for each class; and
(v) Attendance rosters.
(M) DOC BCC Class Training Schedule documentation for each DOC BCC must include, but is not limited to:
(i) Notification of all anticipated DOC BCC training dates to include DOC BCC remediation training;
(ii) Times of DOC BCC training;
(iii) Locations of DOC BCC training; and
(iv) Instructors scheduled to provide training.
(N) Ongoing DOC BCC student documentation during each DOC BCC must include, but is not limited to:
(i) A list of students scheduled to attend training;
(ii) Student names, DPSST numbers, dates of employment and employing institutions;
(iii) Identification of any class or skill failure requiring remediation to including, but not limited to, the date and location of failure, date and location of remediation, the instructor who had oversight over remediation, and the result of remediation.
(O) Officer Certification. The applicant must meet the minimum standards for certification as a corrections officer contained in OAR 259-008-0060. DOC must submit the following documents at the time Basic certification is requested:
(i) F-7 (Application for Certification);
(ii) F-6 (Course Roster) for DOC BCC including the number of hours and the final cumulative score;
(iii) F-6 (Course Roster) for DOC Advanced Corrections Course with attached itemized list of classes attended;
(iv) Proof of current First Aid/CPR;
(v) F-11 (Criminal Justice Code of Ethics); and
(vi) FTO Manual Completion Report.
(P) Course Certification. Each DOC BCC class must be certified before officers who complete that BCC may be certified. The following Class Notebook requirements are needed prior to course certification:
(i) F-6 DPSST Class Roster, listing all students who began the course, passed or failed the course, and those who did not complete the course.
(ii) Curriculum for all components of the BCC, to include classroom, skills, online, and scenario training. The curriculum components must include lesson outlines, PowerPoint, handouts and other related documents to support each class.
(iii) Schedule of classes within the course, to include roster for each class, weekly schedule outlining the dates of training, the location of training, the phases of training, the number of hours for each class, the name of the class, the instructors who provided instruction.
(iv) Documentation of all training failures and remediation, to include class, date and location of training failure, the type of failure, the date, location and instructor who had oversight over the remediation of the failure and the result of the remediation.
(v) Testing measures, to include test questions and answers, individual student tests, student scores by student name, DPSST number and date of examination, and the overall class percentage.
(vi) Individual student records, to include evaluation forms, PQC qualification card, training records, and absence reports.
(vii) All skill sheets for every student completing some or all of the required skill sheets.
(7) Waiver. A person requesting a waiver of any course requirements is required to submit to the Department any supporting documents or pertinent expert testimony and evaluation requested. Any expense associated with providing such documentation, testimony or evaluation shall be borne by the person requesting the waiver or the requesting agency.
[ED. NOTE: Forms referenced are available from the agency.]
Stats. Implemented: ORS 181.640
Hist.: PS 12, f. & ef. 12-19-77; PS 1-1979, f. 10-1-79, ef. 10-3-79; PS 1-1982, f. & ef. 7-2-82; PS 1-1983, f. & ef. 12-15-83; PS 1-1985, f. & ef. 4-24-85; Renumbered from 259-010-0030, PS 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-90; PS 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-95; PS 5-1997, f. 3-20-97, cert. ef. 3-25-97; PS 10-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-5-97; BPSST 1-1998, f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98; BPSST 2-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98 thru 6-30-98; BPSST 3-1998, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-98; BPSST 11-2000, f. 11-13-00, cert. ef. 11-15-00; BPSST 13-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-26-01 thru 4-10-02; BPSST 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02; BPSST 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 4-3-02; BPSST 15-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-5-02; DPSST 14-2003, f. & cert. ef. 12-22-03; DPSST 5-2004, f. & cert. ef. 4-23-04; DPSST 3-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-12-06; DPSST 3-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-12-07; DPSST 9-2008, f. & cert. ef. 7-15-08; DPSST 14-2008, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-08; DPSST 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 4-8-09; DPSST 8-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-15-09 thru 3-1-10; DPSST 15-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-15-09; DPSST 3-2010, f. 4-12-10, cert. ef. 5-1-10; DPSST 2-2011, f. 3-23-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11; DPSST 13-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-8-12 thru 10-1-12; DPSST 17-2012, f. & cert. ef. 8-24-12; DPSST 6-2013, f. & cert. ef. 3-8-13
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