House Bill No. 5725

Public Act No. 00-51

An Act Concerning The Connecticut Police Corps Program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 7-294d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Police Officer Standards and Training Council shall have the following powers:

(1) To develop and periodically update and revise a comprehensive municipal police training plan;

(2) To approve, or revoke the approval of, any police training school and to issue certification to such schools and to revoke such certification;

(3) To set the minimum courses of study and attendance required and the equipment and facilities to be required of approved police training schools;

(4) To set the minimum qualifications for law enforcement instructors and to issue appropriate certification to such instructors;

(5) To require that all probationary candidates receive the hours of basic training deemed necessary before being eligible for certification, such basic training to be completed within one year following the appointment as a probationary candidate, unless the candidate is granted additional time to complete [his] such basic training by the council;

(6) To require the registration of probationary candidates with the academy within ten days of hiring for the purpose of scheduling training;

(7) To issue appropriate certification to police officers who have satisfactorily completed minimum basic training programs;

(8) To require that each police officer satisfactorily complete at least forty hours of certified review training every three years in order to maintain [his] certification, unless the officer is granted additional time not to exceed one year to complete [his] such training by the council;

(9) To renew the certification of those police officers who have satisfactorily completed review training programs;

(10) To establish uniform minimum educational and training standards for employment as a police officer in full-time positions, temporary or probationary positions and part-time or voluntary positions;

(11) To visit and inspect police basic training schools and to inspect each school at least once each year;

(12) To consult with and cooperate with universities, colleges and institutes for the development of specialized courses of study for police officers in police science and police administration;

(13) To consult with and cooperate with departments and agencies of this state and other states and the federal government concerned with police training;

(14) To employ an executive director and any other personnel that may be necessary in the performance of its functions;

(15) To perform any other acts that may be necessary and appropriate to carry out the functions of the council as set forth in sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive;

(16) To accept contributions, grants, gifts, donations, services or other financial assistance from any governmental unit, public agency or the private sector;

(17) To conduct any inspection and evaluation that may be necessary to determine if a law enforcement unit is complying with the provisions of this section;

(18) At the request and expense of any law enforcement unit, to conduct general or specific management surveys;

(19) To develop objective and uniform criteria for granting any waiver of regulations or procedures established by the council;

(20) To recruit, select and appoint candidates to the position of probationary candidate, as defined in section 7-294a, and provide recruit training for candidates of the Connecticut Police Corps Program in accordance with the Police Corps Act, 42 USC 14091 et seq., as amended from time to time.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 16, 2000