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SB 1195 Conservators of the peace, special; training standards, orders of appointment, etc.

Introduced by: Thomas K. Norment, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS ENACTED WITH GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATION: (all summaries)

Special conservators of the peace; training, orders of appointment, registration, etc. Makes various changes to the laws providing for the appointment of special conservators of the peace, including (i) requiring the Criminal Justice Services Board to adopt regulations establishing compulsory training standards of 98 hours for unarmed special conservators of the peace and 130 hours for armed special conservators of the peace; (ii) specifying that the court retains jurisdiction over the special conservator of the peace's appointment order throughout the length of the appointment; (iii) providing that a copy of the application for appointment of a special conservator of the peace shall be transmitted to the local attorney for the Commonwealth and the local sheriff or chief of police, who may submit to the court a sworn, written statement regarding the appointment; (iv) providing a process for the revocation of a special conservator of the peace's appointment; (v) restricting the geographical limitations of a special conservator of the peace appointed to provide services for a corporate applicant to the real property where the applicant is located, or any real property contiguous to such property; (vi) providing that the appointment order may permit the special conservator of the peace to use the seal of the Commonwealth and the title "police" upon request for good cause shown; (vii) prohibiting the special conservator of the peace from using blue flashing lights, but providing that the appointment order may permit the use of flashing lights and sirens upon request and for good cause shown; (viii) requiring that the appointment order specify the geographical limitations of the special conservator of the peace's authority; (ix) requiring all applicants for temporary registration to submit the results of a background investigation to the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department); (x) prohibiting persons required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry from being appointed as special conservators of the peace; (xi) requiring a special conservator of the peace to report if he is arrested for, charged, with, or convicted of certain misdemeanor or felony offenses within 3 days; (xii) removing the option for a special conservator of the peace to be covered by a bond in lieu of insurance; (xiii) requiring all persons currently appointed or seeking appointment or reappointment as a special conservator of the peace to register with the Department; and (xiv) permitting localities to enter into mutual aid agreements with any entity employing special conservators of the peace that is located in such locality for the use of their joint forces and their equipment to maintain peace and good order. The bill provides that any existing special conservator of the peace has 36 months to comply with any new compulsory, minimum, entry-level training standards and requirements established following his appointment. This bill is identical to HB 2206.


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