|Action||Comprehensive Review and Update of the Training Standards Relating to Special Conservators of the Peace|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/2/2022|
I am a retired City of Richmond Police Detective of 28+ years service, followed by 8+ yrs. service to Sheriff of Richmond City. Following that I entered into service as a SCOP/Police Officer with the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority part time, as well as a SCOP/Police Officer part time with the Security Section of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In all these jobs starting in 1978 Graduation from Richmond Basic Police Academy I performed my jobs with profession .I was required to qualify yearly with my service weapons issued by these jobs as well as attend 40 hr mandated service every two years which I attended with due diligence. Since the SCOP program has unnecessarily been stripped of its Police authority, Training has continued successfully under the private security format and firearms training level which in my experience of over forty years of service and training it seems that the people on this have no real idea how hard the instructors efficiently train the VMFA Officers. It would be a waste of time and training funds to require what is already more than sufficient for standard private security officers, which is what SCOP has been reduced to, thanks to the Sheriffs, Police Chiefs and the DCJS. So, I disagree with any decision to change what training already provides better than adequate representative SCOP Officers fulfilling their private security requirements for the VMFA and the State of Virginia. Don't waste the money on bullets and our time with family and keep our training on a steady track and professionalism.