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Published on Friday, January 24, 2014

Police officer integrity bill heard in the Senate

The Senate Law and Justice Committee heard SB 6218, which allows the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) to decertify a police officer for a sustained finding of untruthfulness and for certain criminal convictions. Under the proposed substitute version of the bill, an officer could be decertified if convicted of any felony or convicted of a gross misdemeanor that occurred while on duty or for the following crimes that occurred off duty: Assault in the fourth degree, theft in the third degree, or malicious mischief in the third degree.

This proposal is in response to situations where an officer was terminated for such actions, but an arbiter overturned the termination while upholding the finding of untruthfulness or criminal conviction. AWC supports this effort to insure integrity among our local law enforcement officers.

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