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HB 2121 Law-enforcement officers; grounds for decertification, DCJS authorized to waive requirements.
SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries)
Law-enforcement officers; grounds for decertification. Provides that no person who becomes a law-enforcement officer on or after July 1, 2013, may have been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, including petit larceny, any misdemeanor sex offense, or any domestic assault. Additionally, any certified law-enforcement officer who has been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to any such crime shall be decertified by the Criminal Justice Services Board.
The bill additionally requires a sheriff, chief of police, or agency administrator to notify the Criminal Justice Services Board in writing when any certified law-enforcement officer or jail officer who is currently employed is convicted of or pleads guilty or no contest to certain crimes. Notice is also required when a law-enforcement officer or jail officer resigns or is terminated in advance of a pending drug screening or conviction of an offense that requires decertification. Upon receiving notice, the Criminal Justice Services Board shall decertify such officer.
Finally, the bill allows for the Department of Criminal Justice Services to waive decertification requirements for good cause. This bill is identical to SB 1026.