(A) The basic course training program is required for any person employed by the state public defender and designated a criminal investigator who carries a firearm while on duty, unless such person has successfully completed a firearms training program approved by the executive director prior to employment as a criminal investigator, or unless prior to June 6, 1986, was authorized to carry a firearm by the state public defender and has received training in the use of firearms that the executive director determines is equivalent to the firearms training that is otherwise required by rule 109:2-6-03 of the Administrative Code.
(B) Statement of purpose.
(1) It shall be clearly understood that the basic course described is designed as an absolute minimum program. The commander is encouraged to exceed this minimum program wherever possible.
(2) Nothing in this chapter shall limit or be construed as limiting the commander or state public defender to enact rules and regulations which establish a higher standard of training above the minimum required by rule 109:2-6-03 of the Administrative Code or which provide for the termination of the services of unsatisfactory employees during or upon completion of the prescribed probationary period.
(C) Local matters.
Instruction in such matters as operating rules and regulations of the state public defender's office, local ordinances, personnel policies and procedures may be given entirely upon local initiative. No portion of the instructional time devoted to this training shall be credited against the hours of instruction required under rule 109:2-6-03 of the Administrative Code.