General Order 33.1

Last Revised: 03-01-2017


This order consists of the following numbered sections:

33.1.1    Purpose and scope

33.1.2    Philosophy

33.1.3    Objectives

33.1.4    New-hire orientation training

33.1.5    New-hire training for police and corrections personnel

33.1.6    In-service training plan

33.1.7    Commissioned officer core training

33.1.8    In-service training plan: minimum requirements

33.1.9    Training administration

33.1.10    Training instructors

33.1.11    Training records

33.1.12    Training records retention

33.1.1 Purpose and scope

It is the policy of this department to administer a training program that will provide for the professional growth and continued development of its personnel. By doing so, the Department will ensure personnel possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a professional level of service that meets the needs of the community.

33.1.2 Philosophy

The department provides ongoing training and encourages all personnel to participate in advanced training and formal education on a continual basis. Training is provided within the confines of funding, requirements of a given assignment, staffing levels, and legal mandates. These mandates include required training to meet minimum certification requirements as established by:

I.    Federal and Washington State law

II.    Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission

III.    City policy

IV.    Department policy

33.1.3 Objectives

The objectives of the training program are to:

I.    Enhance the level of law enforcement service to the public;

II.    Increase the technical expertise and overall effectiveness of our personnel;

III.    Provide for continued professional development of department personnel;

IV.    Enhance the safety of officers and the community.

33.1.4 New-hire orientation training

Newly hired staff members shall receive orientation training by the City’s Human Resources Department. The Police Department will provide position-specific training and occupational safety training to all newly hired staff.

33.1.5 New-hire training for police and corrections personnel

I.    Criminal Justice Training Academy

A.    Police officer and corrections officer recruits shall successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) Basic Law Enforcement or Corrections Officer Academy prior to being assigned to regular duty as a police officer or corrections officer for the City of Olympia.

B.    New Olympia police officers or corrections officers who have completed basic academy training in another state shall successfully complete the WSCJTC Equivalency Academy curriculum within one (1) calendar year from the date he/she is commissioned as a police officer or corrections officer for the City of Olympia.

II.    Field training programs

Upon completion of the Criminal Justice Training Academy, police officers and corrections officers will be assigned a training officer. They will be given training instruction in the Police Training Officer (PTO) and Field Training Officer (FTO) training programs, respectively. Upon successful completion of their field training program, police officers and corrections officers will be given duty assignments.

33.1.6 In-service training plan

I.    Division managers will be responsible for identifying training needs for their respective divisions and ensuring that the yearly assessment includes topics specific towards department training goals and objectives. Each division manager will ensure staff is trained to meet job requirements and professional development goals.

II.    An in-service training plan for commissioned and non-commissioned personnel will be developed and maintained by the Professional Standards Office. The training plan will be reviewed and updated with division managers and adopted by the Management Team on an annual basis. The plan will address the following areas:

A.    State-mandated training, including instructor certification training

B.    Core training

C.    Agency-specific training towards goals and objectives

III.    The Training supervisor will ensure that the annual training plan is implemented and that lesson plans have been completed.

IV.    Outside training courses and conferences will be pre-approved by division managers.

33.1.7 Commissioned officer core training

I.    Core training is designated by the Department as essential to maintaining a professional level of service and competency in the following subject areas:

A.    Current legal subjects, new laws, court decisions, and Department policies

B.    Job-related high-risk, high-liability subjects

C.    Defensive tactics

D.    Firearms and less lethal weapons

E.    Emergency vehicle operation

II.    All employees assigned to attend core training shall attend unless previously excused by their immediate supervisor. Excused absences from training are limited to:

A.    Court appearances

B.    First choice vacation

C.    Sick leave

D.    Approved light-duty assignments preventing the employee’s participation

E.    Emergency situations

F.    Approved compensation time

III.    Remedial training will be provided to commissioned personnel needing to demonstrate successful completion of core training skills

IV.    Firearms qualifications are not considered to be core training or in-service training unless the qualification is integrated into an approved training course.

33.1.8 In-service training plan: minimum requirements

The training plan will minimally include instruction on core training topics consisting of firearms, defensive tactics, and emergency vehicle operations. The Department will provide a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours training annually to all commissioned officers. Non-commissioned staff will be required to attend a minimum of eight (8) hours of training.

Department lesson plans are required to be pre-approved by the training supervisor before instruction occurs.

Training instructors are required to evaluate each training session and forward a training summary to include any recommendations for remedial training or additional training to the training supervisor.

33.1.9 Training administration

I.    The Department training program will be administered by the Professional Standards Lieutenant. The training program includes the development of the annual in-service training plan, instructor development and certification, budget development, and range management and operations.

II.    The Professional Standards Lieutenant may assign a training supervisor to:

A.    Implement the training program

B.    Set the training schedule

C.    Supervise instructor teams

D.    Supervise instructor development and certification process

E.    Assist with range operations

F.    Maintain training records

33.1.10 Training instructors

The Department will organize training instructors according to their instruction certifications. Instructor teams will be supervised by a training supervisor. The instructor teams (firearms, defensive tactics, and EVOC) will meet as needed for the purpose of:

I.    Preparing curriculum and/or testing standards for training sessions;

II.    Reviewing equipment and supply needs;

III.    Providing input for the annual training plan;

IV.    Maintaining professional development as instructors.

33.1.11 Training records

The agency maintains the following training records:

I.    The Administrative Secretary will maintain training records for Department employees, including:

A.    The type of training

B.    The dates of training

C.    Any certifications received

D.    Any available test scores

II.    The Administrative Secretary will maintain records related to courses offered by the Olympia Police Department:

A.    Course content/lesson plans

B.    Names of all attendees

C.    Performance of the attendees

D.    Credentials of the presenter or instructor

E.    Copies of any test results

F.    Copies of any instructor evaluation forms

33.1.12 Training records retention

The City of Olympia complies with all federal, state, and local requirements governing the privacy, security, and access to information regarding candidates’ selection process and training records.