Law Enforcement Field Training -100 hours

Department Policies, Procedures, and Operations (General Law Enforcement)

Law Enforcement Officers 

In conjunction with responding to calls for law enforcement service, the officer must identify requirements related to the employing law enforcement agency, local court systems, local government structures, and community resources and agencies which may assist a person in need. Expected performance outcomes include this basic knowledge and cover the following:

10.1 - 10.46 Department Policies, Procedures, and Operations  (General Law Enforcement)

10.1. Identify department policy and procedure related to handling traffic accidents with injuries and/or fatalities.

10.2. Identify department policy and procedure related to handling traffic accidents without injuries and/or fatalities.

10.3. Identify department policy and procedure relating to giving warning notices for and/or impounding abandoned vehicles.

10.4. Identify department policy regarding assistance to motorists by starting vehicles using jumper cables.

10.5. Identify department policy regarding transportation of persons needing assistance.

10.6. Identify department policy regarding vehicle operations.

10.7. Identify department policy regarding high risk motor vehicle stops.

10.8. Identify department policy regarding emergency response driving.

10.9. Identify department policy regarding use of a patrol vehicle as a barrier to assist in apprehending a suspect.

10.10. Identify department policy regarding traffic checking details.

10.11. Identify department policy regarding any special requirements associated with investigation of accidents involving law enforcement vehicles.

10.12. Identify department policy for notifying proper authority to direct removal of vehicles obstructing traffic.

10.13. Identify department policy and procedure to check patrol vehicle speedometer calibration.

10.14. Identify department procedure to repair or replace non-functioning equipment.

10.15. Identify department procedure to prioritize and document telephone interviews about complaints or requests for service.

10.16. Identify department procedure for handling complaints about law enforcement personnel.

10.17. Identify department policy relating to explanation of the nature of complaints to offenders.

10.18. Identify department policy and procedure relating to the use of restraints, safety equipment, and transporting arrestees.

10.19. Identify department policy regarding discretionary arrest.

10.20. Identify department policy regarding use of force issues, physical restraints, and weapons.

10.21. Identify department policy regarding issues of false arrest.

10.22. Identify department policy regarding treatment of arrestee(s).

10.23. Identify department policy regarding privacy and security of person(s) and information.

10.24. Identify department policy and procedure regarding strip searches of arrestees.

10.25. Identify department policy regarding taking intoxicated persons to detox, jail or a lockup.

10.26. Identify department policy regarding false alarms.

10.27. Identify department policy regarding shoplifting complaints.

10.28. Identify department policy relating to visual checks of homes or businesses to ensure security.

10.29. Identify department policy relating to escorting money, valuables, or people to provide security.

10.30. Identify department policy and procedure relating to a found person.

10.31. Identify department policy and procedures relating to lost property.

10.32. Identify department policy and procedures relating to found property.

10.33. Identify department policy regarding family abuse/domestic violence issues.

10.34. Identify department policy relating to hostage negotiations.

10.35. Identify department policy relating to barricaded subjects.

10.36. Identify department policy and procedure to follow when participating in aids involving multiple agencies.

10.37. Identify department policy and components of emergency disaster response plans.

10.38. Identify department policy regarding when to check with supervisors regarding follow-up investigations.

10.39. Identify department policy relating to carrying a firearm when off duty.

10.40. Identify department policy regarding self-identification as a law enforcement officer.

10.41. Identify department policy on providing information to persons participating in ride-along programs.

10.42. Identify department policy related to the use of a K-9.

10.43. Identify department policy related to use of speed enforcement devices to clock rated speed when assigned.

10.44. Identify department policy related to use of a patrol vehicle.

10.45. Read and comprehend department policies and apply same to law enforcement practices.


10.46. Identify department recruitment policies and be able to explain these.  

Local Government Structure and Local Ordinances

Law enforcement 

10.47 - 10.52 Local Government Structure and Local Ordinances

10.47. Upon request, explain to a violator the county or municipal ordinance that is the basis for a summons.

10.48. Identify violations which are reportable to proper authority of an educational institution (e.g., truancy, drinking, etc.).

10.49. Identify local ordinances related to loitering, panhandling, nuisances, and other behaviors not specifically covered in the Code of Virginia.

10.50. Identify local ordinances related to animal complaints.

10.51. Identify local ordinances related to noise violations.

10.52. Issue citations for violations of various ordinances.  

Court Systems, Personnel, Functions and Locations

Law Enforcement

10.53 - 10.56 Court Systems, Personnel, Functions and Locations

10.53. Identify procedures which help to maintain effective relations with court personnel officials.

10.54. Explain court procedures to suspects, victims, and witnesses.

10.55. Identify local resources that may assist an arrestee in obtaining bail.

10.56. Identify how to contact the office of the commonwealth attorney with questions regarding prosecution.  

Resources and Referrals

Law enforcement 

10.57 - 10.59 Resources and Referrals

10.57. Identify and provide referral to appropriate social services or help agencies according to need.

10.58. Identify local agencies available to assist victims of rape and/or other sex crimes.

10.59. Provide street directions in patrol and jurisdiction areas.  

Records and Documentation

Law enforcement 

10.60 - 10.68 Records and Documentation

10.60. Identify court and legal papers for filing and record keeping.

10.61. Identify department policy and procedure relating to access to department records and NCIC or VCIN.

10.62. Identify department procedure to contact Commonwealth’s Attorney regarding paperwork for seizure of items related to asset forfeiture.

10.63. Identify department format for entering data on cards for filing.

10.64. Identify department procedures to initial, mark, and label evidence and seized, detained or recovered property to establish chain of custody and maintain inventory storage requirements.

10.65. Identify department policy and procedure for disposition of property and evidence (release or destruction).

10.66. Identify department procedures to file and retrieve documents in records system.

10.67. Identify department policy and procedure relating to VCIN and NCIC entry for lost, missing, or abducted person.

            10.68. Provide mutual assistance in reviewing reports for completeness and accuracy when requested.  

Administrative Handling of Mental Cases

Law enforcement 

10.69 - 10.72 Administrative Handling of Mental Cases

10.69. Identify department policy related to handling cases of mental illness/abnormal behavior and taking into custody when necessary.

10.70. Identify department procedure to serve mental health commitment papers (emergency custody orders or temporary detention orders only).

10.71. Identify department procedure regarding pick-up, transport, delivery locations and processing of mental patients.

10.72. Identify department procedures for contacting mental health resources.  

Local Juvenile Procedures

Law enforcement 

10.73 - 10.77 Local Juvenile Procedures

10.73. Identify department policy related to local juvenile procedures.

10.74. Identify department policy relating to the apprehension of juvenile offenders and placement in custody.

10.75. Identify department policy regarding advising juveniles of their constitutional rights without a parent present.

10.76. Identify department policy relating to the transportation of juveniles to a home or a detention center.

10.77. Identify department policy for handling a juvenile complaint.  

Detention Facilities and Booking Procedures

Law enforcement 

10.78 - 10.81 Detention Facilities and Booking Procedures

10.78. Identify department procedures for booking an arrested person.

10.79. Identify department procedures for photographing the arrested person from front and side views.

10.80. Observe and evaluate physical condition of arrestee to assess need for medical attention.

10.81. Recognize signs of mental illness/disability to assess need for psychiatric attention.  

Facilities and Territory Familiarization

Law enforcement 

10.82 - 10.89 Facilities and Territory Familiarization

10.82. Identify streets in patrol and jurisdiction areas.

10.83. Demonstrate patrol procedures during department training.

10.84. Identify components of department emergency response plan for disasters.

10.85. Investigate damage to roadways to assess safety, repair needs, etc.

10.86. Issue parking tickets.

10.87. Analyze weather and road conditions to assess need for emergency equipment such as snow plow, sand trucks, etc.

10.88. Investigate unusual odors.

10.89. Investigate unusual sounds or noises.  


Law enforcement 

10.90 - 10.95 Miscellaneous

10.90. Sit, stand, or walk for 4 hours or more out of an 8 hour time frame on a non-continuous basis without pain or fatigue.

10.91. Identify radio codes or communications language used by the department.

10.92. Operate the department’s preliminary breath test equipment to test blood alcohol content.

10.93. Demonstrate or explain use of department camera to photograph accident scene or crime scene.

10.94. Demonstrate a photographic line-up.

10.95. Test operate communications equipment to be sure it is in working order.