PA 13-221—sSB 299

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNICATION AMONG THE STATE POLICE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE SHOOTING INCIDENTS AND CERTAIN OTHER INCIDENTS

SUMMARY: Beginning October 1, 2013, this act establishes a framework for disseminating information on incidents involving numerous victims or casualties to police statewide. The act allows the police chief or superintendent of the department in the municipality where any such incident occurs or, where there is no local police department, the State Police troop commander having jurisdiction over the municipality, to notify the emergency services and public protection (DESPP) commissioner of the incident. The commissioner must then, using any means he deems appropriate, notify the state's local police departments and State Police troops of the incident, where and when it occurred, and any other information he deems appropriate to disseminate.

By October 1, 2013, the act requires DESPP, in conjunction with the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, to adopt a written policy about the type of information that must be disseminated and method of disseminating it. (The council (1) trains, certifies, and establishes minimum qualifications for municipal police officers and others and (2) enforces professional standards for certifying and decertifying them. )

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

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