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 44E: Bail Enforcement Agent Entry Level Course

A. Persons required to be licensed pursuant to subdivision 47 of § 9.1-102 of the Code of Virginia as a bail enforcement agent shall meet all      licensure requirements in this section. Persons who carry or have access to a firearm while on duty must have a valid license with a firearms endorsement as described under 6VAC20-260-80. If carrying a handgun concealed, the person must also have a valid concealed handgun permit and the written permission of his employer pursuant to § 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Each person applying for a bail enforcement agent license shall meet the minimum requirements for eligibility as follows:
1. Be a minimum of 21 years of age;
2. Be a United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States;
3. Have received a high school diploma or GED; and
4. Have successfully completed all initial training requirements, including firearms endorsement if applicable, requested pursuant to the compulsory minimum training standards in Part IV (6VAC20-260-120 et seq.) of this regulation.

 44E: Bail Enforcement Agent Entry Level Course

6VAC20-260-120. Entry-level training.

  • A. Each bail enforcement agent as defined by § 9.1-186 of the Code of Virginia must meet the compulsory minimum training standards established in this part unless provided for otherwise in accordance with this regulation.
  • B. Training will be credited only if application for licensure is submitted to the department within 12 months of completion of training.
  • C. The compulsory minimum entry-level training hour requirement by category, excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification, shall be:

          1. Bail Enforcement Core Training -- 40 hours.
          2. Firearms Training -- 14 hours.

  • D. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content, excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises and range qualification, shall be as provided in this subsection.

Core subjects. The entry-level curriculum sets forth the following areas identified as:

 I. Orientation: ethics -- 2 hours

  • A. Ethics

              1. Professionalism
              2. Conflict of Interest
              3. Code of Ethics

 II. Law: Code of Virginia and Regulations; basic law; courts; and bail enforcement -- 12 hours + 1 practical exercise

  • A. Code of Virginia and Regulations

              1. Definitions
              2. Licensing Procedures and Requirements
              3. Compulsory Minimum Training Standards
              4. Standards of Practice and Prohibited Acts
              5. Administrative Requirements/Standards of Conduct
              6. Administrative Reviews, Complaints, Procedures

  • B. Basic Law

              1. Legal Terminology and Definitions
              2. Purpose and Function of Law
              3. U.S. Constitution
                  a. Bill of Rights
                  b. Amendments
              4. Code of Virginia
                  a. Bail Bonding Laws
                  b. Laws of Arrest
              5. Landmark Cases
                  a. Taylor v. Taintor
                  b. Old Fugitive Slave Laws
              6. Virginia Cases
              7. Limitations and Liabilities

  • C. Courts

              1. Federal Court System
                  a. Criminal
                  b. Civil
              2. State Court System
                  a. Criminal
                  b. Civil

  • D. Bail Enforcement

               1. Right to Arrest
               2. Search and Seizure
               3. Uniform Extradition Act
               4. Virginia Extradition Procedures
               5. Legal and Criminal Forms
III. Fugitive Recovery: investigative techniques; recovery procedures; agent survival; and apprehension of a fugitive -- 24 hours + 1 practical exercise

  • A. Investigative Techniques

              1. Surveillance
              2. Court Research
              3. Law Enforcement Coordination
              4. Interviewing
              5. Impersonation and Misrepresentation
              6. Reference Materials and Resource List
              7. Skip Tracing Techniques
              8. Fugitive Identification

  • B. Recovery Procedures

              1. Pursuit
                  a. Foot
                  b. Vehicular
                  c. Other
              2. Entry and Search
              3. Perimeter/Interior Room Control

  • C. Agent Survival

               1. Confrontation Management
               2. Use of Force
               3. Deadly Force
               4. Escalation of Force
               5. Emergency Procedures

  • D. Apprehension of a Fugitive

               1. Compliant versus Noncompliant Procedures
               2. Search of Person
                   a. Personal Items
                   b. Seizure of Contraband
               3. Handcuffing Techniques
               4. Rights of the Accused
               5. Detainment and Transportation
               6. Interstate Transport
               7. False Arrest
IV. Remanding to Custody: legal detainment facilities; entering the jail or sally port; signing the bail piece/return to court; and hospital procedures for injuries -- 2 hours + 1 practical exercise

  • A. Legal Detainment Facilities
  • B. Entering the Jail or Sally Port
  • C. Signing the Bail Piece/Return to Court
  • D. Hospital Procedures for Injuries

V. Written Comprehensive Examination.