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Agencies are required to report changes in their employment to DPSST via the F4 Personnel Action or F4s Personnel Action Separation form. DPSST only tracks officers who are employed in a certified role. Agencies are required to report promotions, demotions and separations in a certified role.
If an individual cannot or is not expected to perform the duties of their certified discipline, a personnel action indicating they are on leave must be reported to DPSST within 10 days.
When a public safety officer goes on leave of absence different rules apply based on the length of leave and the officer's certification status.
The definition of Leave of Absence for DPSST purposes means any period of time when a public safety officer is temporarily removed from a certified role.
Police, Police Reserves, Corrections, Parole & Probation, Regulatory Specialist
An officer can maintain certifications in multiple disciplines only if it is a need of the agency. The agency must identify the primary discipline the officer is going to perform and the officer can only requests upper level certifications in that discipline. If an individuals has certifications in telecommunications or emergency medical dispatch AND law enforcement, the individual must complete both the Telecommunication and Law Enforcement maintenance requirements. (Note: Telecommunicators who are also Emergency Medical Dispatchers are automatically multidiscipline).
Agencies are required to submit an F4 personnel action form within 10 days of a certified officer, dispatcher or specialist receiving a promotion or demotion.
When promoting into a leadership role, officers, dispatchers, and specialists are required to attend Supervisory or Management training based on the
agency rank structure reported to DPSST. Public safety professionals promoting to a leadership roll must:
The only exception is the Chief of Police, who must obtain management certification within 2 years of their appointment.
DPSST has developed an Agency Background and Psychological Screening Reference Guide to assist agencies in determining background and psychological requirements based on various employment scenarios.
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