TO: All Law Enforcement Agencies
From: Chief R. Alan Benefield
Date: May 15, 2020
Subject: EMERGENCY RULE – Basic (12 Hour) Continuing Education Requirements & Previously Certified Officers
650-X-12-.02.01ER Continuing Education during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Due to the ongoing state of emergency
resulting from COVID-19, this Emergency Rule shall be effective for a minimum of 120 days unless extended by supplemental
emergency proclamation by the Governor.
(1) The Commission authorizes its Executive Secretary to adjust the regulatory requirements relating to Continuing
Education for Law Enforcement Officers. Specifically, relating to the maximum of six (6) hours currently allowed for
video, computer, multimedia, or satellite-based training, this emergency rule allows for that maximum to be increased to
twelve (12) hours. Agency heads will be allowed to approve this exception, and they will also be allowed to waive the
requirement that a training coordinator be present during the training. The agency head may approve training which does not
include a post-viewing examination, as long as the training is of the type that includes participation/accountability
protocols and provides for documentation (i.e., email, electronic certificate, etc.) upon completion of training.
Documentation shall be retained by the agency.
(2) The Commission further authorizes its Executive Secretary to waive the provisional appointment restrictions
for previously certified officers who have been out of Alabama law enforcement for more than two (2) years and less than four
(4) years until such point the said officer can attend a refresher class. The Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the
employing agency must submit a letter to the Executive Secretary requesting the waiver of provisional restrictions
and confirm that the officer has been qualified to Commission standards with his/her service weapon, that the formerly
certified officer has filed a refresher application with the Commission, and acknowledge that following their appointment,
the officer will be required to attend the first available academy refresher class. Any individual officer who receives
this waiver and fails to attend the refresher class when enrolled will be required to forfeit his/her waiver for
(3) The Commission may extend the six-month (180 days) provisional appointment time for these officers to complete
the refresher training class when it is necessary and convenient to the Commission in providing such class. Any
officer who fails to attend the first available academy refresher class for which he/she is enrolled and who has
exceeded his/her six-moth (180 days) provisional appointment time shall be required to attend the complete 520-hour basic
Author: R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§36-21-40 et seq.
History: Effective May 15, 2020.
From: Chief R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
DATE: March 18, 2020
SUBJECT: EMERGENCY RULE – PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENTS – during the COVID-19 STATE of EMERGENCY
RULE 650-X-2-.01.01ER Training during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Due to the ongoing state of emergency resulting from COVID-19, this Emergency Rule shall be effective for a minimum of 120 days unless extended by a supplemental emergency proclamation by the Governor.
(1) The Commission authorizes its Executive Secretary to suspend the enforcement of the statutory and regulatory requirements relating to provisionally appointed law enforcement officers completing certification training within six months of his or her provisional appointment. Specifically, relating to the six (6) month provisional appointment time for applicants, this emergency rule authorizes the Executive Secretary to waive the six month (180 days) requirement for provisionally appointed law enforcement officers to complete certification training and allow them to remain in their provisional appointment. A provisionally appointed officer, and their employing agency, is required to continue to submit their application for training and certification with the Commission. All other rules and regulations relating to the provisional appointment of law enforcement officers shall remain in effect. Nothing in this emergency rule shall be construed to allow any person to perform the duties and functions of a certified law enforcement officer in the State of Alabama prior to valid certification by the Commission.
(2) During the State of Emergency, the Commission authorizes the Executive Secretary to make emergency modifications to the academy curriculum as is deemed necessary in order to facilitate the training and certification of law enforcement applicants and appointees.
Author: R. Alan Benefield, Executive Secretary
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§36-21-40 et seq. History: Effective March 18, 2020.
Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission
P.O. Box 300075
RSA Union Building, 100 North Union Street, Suite 600
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
PHONE: (334) 242-4045
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