Special Conservators of the Peace

DCJS only accepts the most recent versions of the applications provided on our website. DCJS is not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.

The Division of Regulatory Services regulates individuals who have been appointed by a Circuit Court to perform only those powers, functions, duties and responsibilities authorized within such geographic limitations as the court may deem appropriate, for the security of property or the peace and presentation of evidence.

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Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age;
     
  2. Successfully complete all initial registration requirements, pursuant to §6VAC20-230 of the Regulations Relating to Special Conservator of the Peace; and
     
  3. Must be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Initial Training Requirements

24 - 42 hours, consisting of:

 

Special Conservator of the Peace - REGISTRATION CHECKLIST

  • Background investigation completed by a police department, sheriff's office or the Virginia State Police. Note: This is separate and distinct from a state or local criminal record check.
  • Proof of Professional Law Enforcement Liability Insurance, which lists DCJS as the Certificate Holder in the minimum amount of $500,000.00. The insurance certificate should include in the Description of Operations that it provides coverage for duties performed under the Special Conservator of the Peace Program.
     
  • Completion of Entry Level Training. 
     
  • Drug and Alcohol Test (FOR INITIAL APPLICANTS ONLY)
    • Contact First Source Solutions at 1-800-732-3784. When contacting First Source Solutions, notify the receptionist that you are with the DCJS Special Conservator of the Peace program.
       
  • Apply online at www.dcjs.virginia.gov/online, and pay applicable non-refundable fees.
    NOTE:  Mobile phones are not supported and will cause errors/processing delays. Please have all required documentation saved to your computer, so that it is available for upload during the online process.
  • Schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints scanned per the instructions provided on your online receipt page. You may schedule an appointment at www.fieldprintvirginia.com or call 877-614-4634.

A temporary registration letter will be issued, following completion of all registration requirements. The employing company should provide this letter to the circuit court.

PLEASE NOTE: The temporary registration letter does not guarantee appointment and does not authorize you to engage in providing SCOP services without a court order.

FINAL STEPS (to be completed after all of the above eligibility criteria have been met):

Mandatory Forms: As of July 1, 2015, if you are seeking a new appointment or a reappointment with a circuit court, the law requires you to submit the standardized application, created by the Supreme Court of Virginia, Office of the Executive Secretary.

  • Effective July 1, 2015, the new form can be accessed on Virginia’s Judicial System website: www.courts.state.va.us/forms/circuit/civil.html
     
  • Once the circuit court signs the order, you must return copies of both the (#1) Application (CC-1430) and (#2) Order for Appointment (CC-1431) to DCJS in order to receive your registration documents.

 

Renewal Training Requirements

8 - 12 hours, consisting of:

Special Conservator of the Peace - REGISTRATION RENEWAL CHECKLIST

  • Proof of Professional Law Enforcement Liability Insurance, which lists DCJS as the Certificate Holder in the minimum amount of $500,000.00. The insurance certificate should include in the Description of Operations that it provides coverage for duties performed under the Special Conservator of the Peace Program.
     
  • Completion of In-Service Training. 
     
  • Renew online at www.dcjs.virginia.gov/online, and pay applicable non-refundable fees.
    NOTE:  Mobile phones are not supported and will cause errors/processing delays. Please have all required documentation saved to your computer, so that it is available for upload during the online process.
  • Schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints scanned per the instructions provided on your online receipt page. You may schedule an appointment at www.fieldprintvirginia.com or call 877-614-4634.

FINAL STEPS (to be completed after all of the above eligibility criteria have been met):

Mandatory Forms: As of July 1, 2015, if you are seeking a new appointment or a reappointment with a circuit court, the law requires you to submit the standardized application, created by the Supreme Court of Virginia, Office of the Executive Secretary.

  • Background investigation completed by a police department, sheriff's office or the Virginia State Police. Note: This is separate and distinct from a state or local criminal record check.
     
  • Effective July 1, 2015, the new form can be accessed on Virginia’s Judicial System website: www.courts.state.va.us/forms/circuit/civil.html
     
  • Once the circuit court signs the order, you must return copies of both the (#1) Application (CC-1430) and (#2) Order for Appointment (CC-1431) to DCJS in order to receive your registration documents.

Any individuals who have been appointed by a Circuit Court to perform only those powers, functions, duties and responsibilities authorized within such geographic limitations as the court may deem appropriate.

As of July 1, 2015, if you are seeking a new appointment or a reappointment with a circuit court, the law requires you to submit the standardized application, created by the Supreme Court of Virginia, Office of the Executive Secretary.

The forms may be accessed at the Supreme Court of Virginia website: www.courts.state.va.us/forms/circuit/civil.html

As of July 1, 2015, all individuals appointed or seeking appointment as a SCOP, must be registered with the department. No exemptions from registration exist under Virginia law.

Yes. The PSSAB shall have one member who is a Special Conservator of the Peace.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age; a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States; and successfully complete all application requirements for registration as a special conservator of the peace, to include a background investigation, which must be completed by a law enforcement agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The background investigation is separate and distinct from the criminal history check, which only shows your arrest and conviction history.

A temporary registration letter will be given to the individual when they have completed all the registration requirements. The letter will state that they are now eligible to seek appointment with the Circuit Court as a Special Conservator of the Peace. If the individual’s order of appointment is granted, the individual is required to file a copy of their appointment order with the department and the law enforcement agency in which they have been granted authority. The Circuit Court maintains all discretion of granting appointments. The temporary registration letter only allows an individual to become eligible to seek appointment. Once the individual files their appointment order, DCJS will issue a registration card.

DCJS may grant training exemptions based upon prior law enforcement experience or prior experience as a Special Conservator of the Peace. Individuals must submit the partial training exemption application (PSS_WA), fee and documentation of training/experience in order to be considered for a waiver. 

No person with a criminal conviction for a misdemeanor involving (a) moral turpitude, (b) assault and battery, (c) damage to real or personal property, (d) controlled substances or imitation controlled substances as defined in Article 1 (§ 18.2-247 et seq.) of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2, (e) prohibited sexual behavior as described in Article 7 (§ 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2, (f) firearms, or (g) any felony, shall be registered as a special conservator of the peace.  In addition to existing barrier crimes, anyone who is required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registrations is not eligible for registration with DCJS. 

No. Being registered only makes you eligible to seek appointment as a Special Conservator of the Peace. The courts have the final authority in granting appointments. 

If your training is within 12 months of application for a Special Conservator of the Peace registration, you will not be required to retake firearms training.

Each person applying for registration shall file with the department:

  • A properly completed registration application provided by the department;
  • A properly completed fingerprint form provided by the department and one completed fingerprint card (Card No. FD-258);
  • Drug and Alcohol Test conducted by First Lab;
  • Documentation verifying completion of training with a certified Virginia law enforcement agency (PIC form), certified Virginia private security services training school or waiver application for prior training;
  • A background investigation, which must be completed by a law enforcement agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The background investigation is separate from the criminal history check ;
  • A certificate of insurance, showing a policy of comprehensive general liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $10,000 issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in Virginia. Cash and surety bonds are not accepted.

You must contact FirstSource Solutions at 1-800-732-3784.

Each week First Lab provides the results of the drug test to DCJS.

Yes, you may appeal with a request for an Informal Fact Finding Conference through the Administrative Process Act.

You can obtain insurance from an insurance company authorized to do business in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Yes. Appointments are limited up to 4 years.

They are valid for 12 months. Registrations must be renewed every year to include completion of in-service training.

Yes. All individuals must take some training to become registered. However, you may qualify for a partial exemption. The partial exemption application (PSS_WA), fee and documentation must be submitted before a partial exemption will be granted. The amount of training waived depends on your training and/or experience. 

The compulsory minimum entry-level training hour requirement by category, excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification, shall be:

  • Unarmed special conservator of the peace - 24 hours
  • Armed special conservator of the peace - 40 hours


The compulsory minimum in-service training hour requirement by category, excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification, for a Special Conservator of the Peace shall be 8 hours.

  • Unarmed special conservator of the peace - 8 hours
  • Armed special conservator of the peace - 10-12 hours

Jurisdictions are decided by the Circuit Court where you are petitioning.

No. You can begin the registration process and take training without previously being a SCOP, however you must be employed by an authorized applicant pursuant to 19.2-13 (A). 

You seek appointment in the jurisdiction where you will be providing Special Conservator of the Peace Services.

First, you will need to register with DCJS. Once DCJS sends you a temporary registration letter making you eligible to seek appointment, you must then petition the Circuit Court for appointment.   The temporary registration letter only allows an individual to become eligible to seek appointment.  Once the individual files their appointment order with the department, the department will send a final registration letter and a photo identification card will be issued.

No. The courts decide the jurisdiction and scope of powers they grant to each individual.

Yes, but you must petition each Circuit Court in each jurisdiction requesting Special Conservator of the Peace authority separately.

Special Conservator of the Peace Task Force

In 2014, the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security convened a Special Conservator of the Peace (SCOP) Task Force. The task force's objectives were to study the SCOP program and provide policy recommendations to Secretary Brian Moran regarding any changes necessary to enhance public safety. Detailed information was shared with members from local, state and private agencies and organizations. Information focused on training requirements, the scope of power and jurisdiction, the court order process, registration procedures and policy implications of the SCOP program. The following materials were presented and reviewed by the task force.

June 2014 Agenda and Materials
 
July 2014 Agenda and Materials
 
August 2014 Agenda and Materials
 
September 2014 Agenda and Materials
 

SCOP Report Appendix C

December 2014 Final Report