Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Criminal Justice Services
Department of Criminal Justice Services
Regulations Relating to Special Conservator of the Peace [6 VAC 20 ‑ 230]
Action Comprehensive Review and Update of the Training Standards Relating to Special Conservators of the Peace
Comment Period Ended on 3/2/2022
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2/28/22  11:26 pm
Commenter: Maurice Neblett

Special conservator of the peace proposed regulation change for firearms training requirements

   I am a special conservator of the peace (SCOP) with VMFA. I’ve been registered as an SCOP for nearly one year now. I am a Security technician, I have studied the criminal justice system, I’ve held arrest authority for many years prior to Joining VMFA, I have been a security officer  for over 6 years.I have successfully completed the entry-level firearms course that, I am now due to re-qualify for with a handgun as a  security professional. I believe that the fire arms training provided by DCJS certified instructors at the vmfa provides us with high abilities that fit our role as SCOPs’.  

    I am confident in my abilities if necessary to engage with all safety precautions and proficiency while using a firearm. I enjoy providing security at the VMFA knowing that the public can enjoy themselves in a safe secure environment. As security professionals we observe, report and support local law-enforcement if necessary at their request. I am not in favor of changing the fire arms training requirements. The private security firearms course requirements should remain as the standard requirement for the SCOP program. Whether if it’s title changes or qualification changes the character of the security professional is a prerequisite and with that discretion results right or wrong in the color of law.

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