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ARC 2256B

LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY [501]

Amend 501 Chapter 3 by adopting the following new rule:

501-3.12 (80B) Training of an individual who intends to become certified as a law enforcement officer.

3.12(1) An individual who has not yet been hired or started employment as an Iowa sworn peace officer may apply for attendance at the Iowa law enforcement academy (ILEA) or, if qualified as provided for in 501- subrule 3.4(1), at the short course of study at an approved law enforcement training program if such individual is sponsored by an Iowa law enforcement agency.

a.      The individual must submit an application packet approved and provided by the Iowa law enforcement academy at least 30 days in advance of the course of study that the person wants to attend if the hiring standards are conducted by a sponsoring agency and at least 60 days in advance of the course of study that the person wants to attend if the hiring standards are conducted by ILEA. An administrative fee, to be established by the academy, shall accompany the application packet.

b.      The sponsoring Iowa law enforcement agency must certify that the agency intends to hire within the next 18 months or has hired the individual as a law enforcement officer.

c.      The fees to attend the Iowa law enforcement academy will be collected as follows:

(1)  25 percent at the time position in class is reserved. (This fee is nonrefundable).

(2)  25 percent on first day of the academy class.

(3)  The remaining amount to reach full payment of all fLEA training fees must be received by the end of the fourth week or the individual will be dismissed from the academy.

d. The fees to attend a short course of study at an approved law enforcement training program will be collected as determined by that entity.

3.12(2) Hiring standards. An individual who files an application under subrule 3.12(1) must meet all hiring standards as established by the academy in 501-2.1 (80B) and 501-2.2(80B)

a. The sponsoring law enforcement agency may conduct required testing including medicallpsychological/cognitive examination, thorough background investigations and other matters as required by 50 1-2. l(80B) and 501-2.2(80B). The sponsoring law enforcement agency that conducts the required testing must certify that all hiring standards have been met and submit proof of the same as required by Iowa law enforcement academy administrative rules and on forms provided by the academy. 

b. The academy shall conduct the required testing including medical/psychological examinations, thorough background investigation and other matters as required by 501-2.1(80B) and 501-2.2(80B) if the sponsoring agency has not done so. The academy will establish fees for conducting the hiring standards requirements, including the background check to be paid by the individual filing the application. The fees must be paid before the testing occurs.

3.12(3) Application for a short course of study at an approved law enforcement training program. An individual applying for attendance at a short course of study at an approved law enforcement training program shall submit proof of successful completion of a two-year or four-year police science or criminal justice program at an accredited education institution in this state as approved by the Academy. The proof must include a letter from the registrar certifying the persons graduation and a certified transcript of courses taken and grades received. The proof must be submitted 30 days in advance of the course of study that the person wants to attend.

3.12(4) Permission to attend. An individual shall not be granted permission to attend an approved law enforcement training program if such acceptance would result in the non-acceptance of another qualifying applicant who is a law enforcement officer.

3.12(5)  Certification. The academy will not grant certification until a person is employed by an Iowa law enforcement agency and has met required hiring standards and successfully completed certification testing.

a.  The following hiring standards must be reverified if the individual is not hired by an Iowa law enforcement agency during the first twelve months following completion of the course of study.

1.  The Iowa law enforcement academy evaluations of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) may only be used for 12 months to comply with these testing rules. Any applicant who has not been hired or placed upon a civil service certified list within the first 12 months following completion of the course of study must retake the MMPI and, before the applicant is certified, the results of the MMPI must be approved by the hiring authority.

2.  POST test scores shall be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of completion of the course of study. An applicant who has not been hired or placed upon a civil service certified list within 12 months must retake and successfully pass the examination before being certified.

3.  The individual must be examined by a licensed physician or surgeon and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.

4.  The individual must successfully passed a physical test adopted by the Iowa law enforcement academy.

b.  An individual can be certified in the following areas only after being employed by an Iowa law enforcement agency.

(1)  Iowa Law Enforcement Emergency Care Provider

(2) Implied Consent 

(3) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

(4) Firearms qualification with the hiring agencys weapon and ammunition 

Certification will be awarded in the above areas if the individual is employed by an Iowa law enforcement agency within the first twelve months following completion of the basic training course of study and when the following requirements are met. All individuals, once employed by an Iowa law enforcement agency, must undergo testing in the firearms qualifications with the hiring agencys weapon and ammunition at the direction of an Iowa law enforcement academy certified firearms instructor. Documentation of this testing and scores must be submitted to the Iowa law enforcement academy. The individual will be certified upon successful completion of the firearms qualification and review of the testing results completed during training at the Iowa law enforcement academy or at a short course of study at an approved law enforcement training program.

If the individual is not employed within a twelve month period after completing basic training at the Iowa law enforcement academy or at a short course of study at an approved law enforcement training program, the individual will be required to retake the required training for Iowa Law Enforcement Emergency Care Provider, implied consent, and standardized field sobriety testing. Successful completion and documentation of this training must be submitted to the Iowa law enforcement academy before certification can be granted.

3.12(6) Employment within 18 months. The individual must be employed by an Iowa law enforcement agency within 18 months of completing the course of study in order to receive certification. An individual shall not be certified under rule 501-3.12(80B) if the individual is not employed by an Iowa law enforcement agency within 18 months of completing the course of study.

This rule is intended to implement 2003 Iowa Acts, Senate Files 352 and 453.

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