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CODE OF MARYLAND REGULATIONS
(COMAR)

Updated December 5, 2012
Title 12 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
Subtitle 04 POLICE TRAINING COMMISSION
Chapter 01 General Regulations

12.04.01.12 .12
Police Officer Annual In-Service Training and Qualification.

A. Police Officer Annual In-Service Training Requirements.
(1) An agency head shall ensure that a certified police officer at or below the rank of first-line supervisor completes a minimum of 18 hours of Commission-approved in-service training each calendar year.
(2) The Commission shall only accept successful completion of Commission-approved training toward a police officer's annual in-service training requirements.
(3) Commission-approved police officer in-service training may be conducted according to Commission requirements by the police officer's law enforcement agency, another law enforcement agency, school, academy, or organization.
(4) The Commission does not require a Commission-certified police officer to meet the in-service training requirement under this regulation during the same calendar year the police officer successfully completes Commission-approved police officer entrance-level training.
(5) The Commission may apply training received by a police officer successfully completing Commission-approved supervisor, administrator, or instructor training toward the police officer's annual in-service requirement in the same calendar year that the police officer successfully completed the Commission-approved supervisor, administrator, or instructor training.
(6) Beginning in the year 2004 and every third year thereafter, police officer annual in-service training curriculum and minimum courses of study shall include special training in, attention to, and study of the application and enforcement of:
(a) The criminal laws concerning rape, sexual offenses, the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, and related evidentiary procedures;
(b) The contact with and treatment of victims of crimes and delinquent acts;
(c) The notices, services, support, and rights available to victims and victimís representatives under Maryland law; and
(d) The notification of victims of identity fraud and related crimes of their rights under federal law.
(7) No later than December 31, 2013, a police officer required to complete annual inservice training under this regulation shall successfully complete Commission-approved autism awareness training if the police officer has not previously successfully completed autism awareness training as part of a Commission-approved entrance-level training program.

B. Annual Police Officer Firearms Training and Qualification Requirements.

(1) Each Commission-certified police officer shall qualify annually with each firearm the law enforcement agency authorizes the police officer to use or carry on-duty or off-duty on each of a Commission-approved:
(a) Day-fire course of fire; and
(b) Reduced light course of fire.
(2) Annual firearms training and qualification shall be conducted according to provisions under COMAR 12.04.02.08
(3) Annual firearms training and qualification is not required in the same year that a Commission-certified police officer successfully completes Commission-approved police officer:
(a) Entrance-level firearms training and qualification;
(b) Conversion training under COMAR 12.04.02.09;
(c) Refresher firearms training under Regulation .07B(4)(c) of this chapter; or
(d) Firearms instructor training under COMAR 12.04.06.12.
(4) Before being authorized to carry or use a firearm, a police officer who has not qualified with an authorized firearm for 3 or more consecutive calendar years shall complete a Commission-approved:
(a)Entrance-level firearms training program and firearms qualification under COMAR 12.04.02.04 (b)Firearms refresher training course and firearms qualification under Regulation 12.04.01.07B(4)(c); or
(b) Firearms refresher training course and firearms qualification under Regulation .07B(4) of this chapter.

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