Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Criminal Justice Services
Department of Criminal Justice Services
Rules Relating to Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Law-Enforcement Officers [6 VAC 20 ‑ 20]
Comprehensive Review and Update of the Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Law Enforcement Officers
Action 5665
General Information
Action Summary The department, under the direction of the board, establishes the compulsory minimum training standards for full-time and part-time law enforcement officers in Virginia. As such, an individual hired as a law enforcement officer (as defined in ยง 9.1-101 of the Code of Virginia) shall comply with and meet or exceed, the law enforcement certification requirements enumerated in 6 VAC 20-20-21. Through this action, these minimum training standards will be amended to improve performance outcomes, training objectives, testing criteria, and lesson plan guides. Outdated language will also be updated for effectiveness and efficiency in the training of new academy recruits. Additionally, 6VAC20-20-40 will be amended to extend the time requirement to complete this training. This regulatory action will enhance both officer and public safety in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ensure effective and efficient training for new law enforcement officers.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6607]
Associated Mandates Criminal Justice Training and Standards
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9165 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/14/2021.
9534 Proposed Governor's office review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kristi Shalton  / Law Enforcement Regulatory Coordinator
Address: Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank St
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)786-7801    FAX: (804)786-0410    TDD: ()-