|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 DCJS certified instructor for SCOP and for Firearms. Have been for over 23 years. If DCJS is trying to get rid of the SCOP program, then I think these proposed changes will accomplish that. I feel the program has been abused in the past (the word Police and Blue lights, etc,.) but they are some of the most trained personnel you have on the streets in Virginia (not counting the Police). Is Law Enforcement trying to force-fill their depleted ranks with former SCOP's? Why would any SCOP stay a SCOP after qualifying for the Police? Why the changes? I haven't heard of a SCOP shooting anybody. But, if you must make a change, I suggest the Armed SCOP qualify twice in a year before they get a card. Let them have a Letter until the second qualification then issue a card. This will still be cheaper for the SCOP but will hopefully keep proficiency levels up. Or maybe add 09E as the "second" firearm requirement.