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R728. Public Safety, Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Rule R728-401. Training Academy Requirements.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R728-401-1. Authority.

This rule is authorized by Subsection 53-6-105(1)(k), which provides that the director shall, with the advice of the council, make rules necessary to administer Title 53 Chapter 6.

R728-401-2. Purpose.

The purpose of this rule is to provide procedures regarding the operation of training programs.

R728-401-3. Definitions.

(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Section 53-6-102.

(2) In addition:

(a) "Agency-sponsored applicant" means a person seeking admission into a training program who is a full time, paid employee of a governmental entity, and who the division has responsibility to train as defined in Section 53-6-212, "agency-sponsored applicant" does not include a part-time, reserve, or contract employee;

(b) "Satellite academy" means a certified academy or training program administered by a governmental entity or institution of higher education that is established primarily for the training of its employees or self-sponsored applicants;

(c) "Self-sponsored applicant" means a person seeking admission into a training program who is responsible for paying the cost of the training program;

(d) "Training program" means the basic training courses offered by the division or one of the satellite academies, which are required to become a:

(i) special function officer;

(ii) correctional officer;

(iii) law enforcement officer; or

(iv) dispatcher.

R728-401-4. Admission into a Training Program.

(1) All applicants seeking to attend a training program must submit an application packet to the division in accordance with R728-403.

(2) The division shall pay the costs of an agency-sponsored applicant to attend the training program offered at POST.

(a) The agency-sponsored applicant's employer must verify the applicant is a full-time employee of a governmental entity who will be functioning as a peace officer.

(3) Self-sponsored applicants shall be responsible for paying all costs associated with the training program.

(a) Self-sponsored applicants may only attend a training program offered at POST if special circumstances exist and approval has been granted by the director.

R728-401-5. Approval of Satellite Academies.

(1) A law enforcement agency, correctional agency, or institution of higher learning that meets the conditions and requirements set forth below may conduct a basic peace officer training program that is primarily established for the training of self-sponsored applicants, with the approval of the council.

(2) An entity seeking to operate a satellite academy shall submit to the director, a request in writing and include documentation of:

(a) the background and qualifications of the individual who will be the director of the satellite academy; and

(b) the need to operate the satellite academy through evidence that:

(i) there are no satellite academies within a 30 mile radius of the location where the new academy will operate;

(ii) a law enforcement agency in the county or region has requested, in writing, that the entity operate a satellite academy;

(iii) a satellite academy operating within the county, region or within 30 miles of the location of the applying entity has indicated that it is unable to meet the demand for training; or

(iv) the entity will provide a unique or specialized training program that is not currently offered in the county, region, or within 30 miles of the location of the applying entity.

(3) The division, with the approval of the council, may authorize an entity to operate a satellite academy if the entity demonstrates there is a need for additional training programs:

(a) in the county or region where the proposed satellite academy is to operate; or

(b) that cannot reasonably be met by the division.

R728-401-6. Procedures for Course Validation.

(1) Courses taught at training programs shall contain the content and meet the requirements established by the division and approved by the council.

(2) A satellite academy shall provide the division with a class schedule and a list of instructors before training may begin.

(3) A satellite academy shall ensure that all equipment required to perform the training be furnished by the sponsoring agency, self-sponsored applicant, or training facility; and that such equipment meets POST standards.

(4) All instructors must be POST certified instructors, and approved to instruct in their assigned topic.

(a) Instructors teaching academic portions of the curriculum must have completed an instructor development course recognized by the division and received POST certification as outlined in R728-502-5.

(b) Instructors teaching skill portions of the curriculum must have completed the specialty instructor requirements for the specific skill area being taught and received POST certification as outlined in R728-502-9.

(c) Subject matter experts may be used as guest instructors.

(5) Lesson plans for each topic must be prepared in accordance with the currently approved student performance objectives.

(6) The POST approved on-line assessment system shall be utilized to administer all tests and examinations.

(a) Tests and examinations shall be administered as outlined in the approved curriculum.

(b) Program coordinators must proctor all tests and examinations.

(c) The final certification exam shall not be administered until the student has completed all academic requirements of the course.

(d) The final certification examination shall be a comprehensive examination and shall require a minimum score of 80% to pass.

(7) Physical fitness assessment standards are set by the division and approved by the council.

(a) Program coordinators must administer the physical fitness assessment in accordance with POST approved procedures.

(8) Attendance rosters shall be kept to satisfy statutory requirements and copies of these rosters shall be submitted to the division.

(a) A student who has missed more than 16 hours of a basic peace officer course, or four hours of a basic dispatcher course, may not become certifiable until appropriate makeup work has been completed.

(b) If, as determined by the academy staff, a student has missed a significant part of any subject or block of instruction, that student may not be certifiable until appropriate make-up work is completed.

(9) Successful completion of the course and completion of all POST required documentation is necessary before the student may be certifiable.

(a) All documentation must be completed and submitted to the division within 14 calendar days of completion of the course.

(10) The division shall conduct audits and site visits of each satellite academy to ensure compliance with all rules established herein.


dispatchers, peace officers, satellite academies, training programs

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

August 23, 2016

Notice of Continuation

December 13, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

53-6-105; 53-6-202; 53-6-212; 53-6-310

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R728, please contact the promulgating agency (Public Safety, Peace Officer Standards and Training). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.