Notice of Variances and Waivers
RULE NO.: RULE TITLE:11B-27.00212
: Maintenance of Officer Certification
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission hereby gives notice:
That on December 20, 2011, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, received a petition for a permanent waiver of subsection 11B-27.00212(14), F.A.C., from Panama City Police Department on behalf of one officer for the 2006-2008 (7/1/06 – 6/30/08) and 2008-2010 (7/1/2008 – 6/30/2010) mandatory firearms requalification reporting cycles. Subsection 11B-27.00212(14), F.A.C., requires officers to requalify with a firearm every two years under the supervision of a CJSTC-certified firearms instructor on a course of fire mandated by Commission rule.
The petition supported the requested waiver for the officer by stating that he did, in fact, complete the mandatory firearms requalification retraining, however, he was supervised by a non-CJSTC-certified firearms instructor. Notice of receipt of the petition was published in the Florida Administrative Weekly, Vol. 38, No. 1, on January 6, 2012.
On February 2, 2012, pursuant to notice, at its regularly scheduled Business Agenda meeting held in Destin, Florida, the Commission found that the Petitioner’s situation is unique. The Petitioner demonstrated that the strict application of the Commission’s rules in this case would violate the principles of fairness. The Petitioner’s officer had, in fact, completed the Commission’s course of fire and achieved a passing score. The only deficiency in the officer’s firearms requalification was to be supervised by a non-CJSTC-certified firearms instructor. The Commission found that the purposes of the underlying statute, to ensure that officers receive adequate and timely retraining, will be met by granting this waiver request. The Commission issued an order granting the Petitioner’s waiver.
A copy of the Order or additional information may be obtained by contacting:
Grace A. Jaye, Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, P. O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302 or by telephoning (850)410-7676.