Law Enforcement Decertification


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The Department of Criminal Justice Services has been developing processes to assist Virginia Law-Enforcement Agencies submit the necessary notification information and documentation to ensure that any suitable decertification concerns are addressed effectively, appropriately, and fairly in accordance with the recently enacted updates to Virginia Code 15.2-1707.

Code of Virginia: 15.2-1707. Decertification of law-enforcement officers.

Please direct any decertification questions to:     Jonathan (Jon) D. Banberger, LE Decertification Coordinator or


Please direct any FOIA requests to:


DCJS has developed a Newly Revised “Request for Decertification” (Form DC-1, Version 1.5- 11-2022) questionnaire to assist agencies in providing the necessary notification and information to determine the suitability of a submission for decertification.  Please discard the previous version of the form, if in use.


Please scan and email the completed, signed, questionnaire to:


2023 DATES:

Pursuant to Virginia Code 15.2-1708 (, Appeal Hearing Dates have been tentatively prescheduled to allow the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Service’s Board to be available to conduct Decertification Appeal hearings.  Upcoming dates for the 2023 Calendar Year are as follows:

  • January 19/20, 2023 CONCLUDED
  • March 16, 2023CONCLUDED
  • May 18/19, 2023CONCLUDED
  • July 20/21, 2023CONCLUDED
  • September 21/22, 2023 CONCLUDED
  • November 16/17, 2023/ ADJUSTED TO:  November 2/3, 2023 CONCLUDED

The 2024 Decertification Appeal Hearing Dates have been tentatively approved as follows:  (Posted 11/13/2023)

2024 DATES:

  • January 18-19, 2024
  • March 28-29, 2024
  • May 23-24, 2024             
  • July 25-26, 2024
  • September 26-27, 2024
  • November 21-22, 2024  

Please note that the specified dates may be subject to change based upon the Quorum availability of the Executive

Committee of the Criminal Justice Services Board to conduct these hearings.  Changes will be updated on this webpage, Virginia Regulatory TownHall and via direct notifications to the appellants and hearing participants, as soon as determined.

Please find a sample “Flow Chart’ describing the Law Enforcement Decertification process as employed by DCJS Staff, in accordance with the notated Virginia Code Sections.  (“DCJS Process for Officer Decertification” Flow CHART)

Statewide Standards of Conduct

February 2023…

The DRAFT version of the Statewide Standards of Conduct for Law Enforcement and Jail Officers (6 VAC 20-20) has been presented to and approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at it’s June 16, 2022 meeting.  The draft document was submitted into the regulatory process where it remains under review before implementation.   

Please check the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Website, under the Regulatory Activity Section under Board:  Criminal Justice Services Board for additional information on the Standards of Conduct and other items in the regulatory process.

Updates and additional information will be posted as available.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Law Enforcement Division

Virginia Department of Criminal justice Services