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Nebraska Crime Commission

Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

CLE Process and Procedures

New Developments:

  • County Attorneys and Deputies can determine if a training event counts for CLE - No need to contact the Commission.
  • County Attorneys and Deputies can determine the number of CLE hours earned in the training event.

 

Process:

1: Find a training event         

2: Self-Test Suitability          

3: If it passes the test, it counts.       

4: 60 mins = 1 CLE hour       

5: Record on CLE Form        

6: Form due by January 31

 

Find additional resources on the above steps on the CLE Forms and Materials page.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:    If an attorney watches a recorded version of a ‘live’ training session, is this subject to the 5-hour cap?

A:     Yes, this eventuality falls under the cap. As referenced in the policy memorandum, the ability to participate is the deciding factor on whether the course is subject to the limit or not:

"Subject to the 5-hour cap: Video and/or audio presentations that are presented on or via any media but do not allow for learner participation, otherwise called ‘asynchronous learning’. This is similar to sitting and reading a textbook or similar instructional material without benefit of instructor direction and/or class interaction."

Q:    If an attorney watches a ‘live’ training session via the internet or some other virtual classroom/presentation method, are these hours subject to the 5-hour cap?

A:    No, they are not subject to the cap. As referenced in the policy memorandum:

“Not subject to the 5-hour cap: Virtual classroom/presentation where the presenter and audience members can see and/or hear each other and interact in ‘real time’. Except for the remote delivery method, these sessions are functionally similar to sitting in a classroom and having the benefit of instructor direction and/or class interaction.”

Q:    What does “interact” mean in regards to the 5-hour cap?

A:    For the purposes of this memorandum, “interact” is considered to encompass any method of communicating, including but not limited to: audio via a video connect; audio via a muted video connection; audio via phone; text via email; and text via a chat feature. Questions or comments submitted and relayed to the present via a moderator or other intermediary are also acceptable.

 

 

 

Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center - For Law Enforcement

Continuing Education

Nev. Rev. Stat. §81-1414.07 mandates all Nebraska law enforcement officers receive a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education annually.  To implement continuing education compliance, the Police Standards Advisory Council adopted Chapter 17.

In essence, the law requires all Nebraska certified and reserve officers to obtain a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education in the areas of criminal justice or law enforcement annually.  This includes Nebraska agencies that use special deputy state sheriffs.  If an officer is employed at any time during the calendar year, they must obtain 20 hours of continuing education for that year or face suspension of their license/certificate.  The reporting period will run from January 1 to December 31 each calendar year.  By law, only 10 hours of continuing education credit can be counted from classes taken on the internet towards the 20 hour minimum.

Law enforcement agency police chiefs and sheriffs decide what law enforcement related training counts towards the continuing education requirement for their own agency.  Existing agency in-service training programs, any training at a police academy, regional law enforcement training opportunities, professional conferences and seminars, internet or web-based training programs, and university or college courses count toward the annual requirement.

The agency head determines if training:

  • is delivered by local resources or away,
  • is classroom or practical application based,
  • consists of watching a video, using web resources, or a combination of any training delivery systems,
  • involves partnering with other agencies, such as local fire, EMS, Emergency Management, or other law enforcement agencies,
  • any combination of the above excluding shooting the annual state firearms qualification.

The agency head determines agency training needs and implements the training plan for his or her agency.

Reporting
Reporting continuing education hours is done using your NCJIS account. The annual report will contain a check-off and an attestation from the agency head that every officer who has been employed by the department during the calendar year has received the minimum 20 hours of training. Sheriffs report their training in the same manner as all other officers.

Waiver
Chapter 17 provides for a waiver of the continuing education. The waiver must be requested prior to January 7 of the following calendar year. If no waiver request is received by January 7, the individual officer will have their license suspended effective January 8.

The rule provides for waivers to the continuing education law for the same reasons as is used to waive the annual state firearms qualification shoot.  One waiver can be used to excuse an officer from one or both the continuing education and firearms requirements.  The Council would review these each February following a reporting period, the same as is currently done for firearms.  A copy of the waiver is available on the Forms page.

To ensure the training is being delivered and properly documented in training files, the rule provides that the training center director shall audit a random number of agencies annually.

Opportunities for training and web-based training can be found on the Meetings page.