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First Substitute H.B. 187
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Public Safety Code relating to peace officer certification and the
11 procedures and grounds for the denial, relinquishment, suspension, or revocation of
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . provides that a peace officer who voluntarily relinquishes the peace officer's
16 certification to the division may not thereafter reapply to the division to be certified
17 as a peace officer in Utah;
18 . provides authority to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council to
19 suspend or revoke certification of a peace officer for any of the following:
20 . willful falsification of any information to obtain certified status;
21 . physical or mental disability affecting the peace officer's ability to perform
23 . addiction to alcohol or controlled substances unless the peace officer reports the
24 addiction to the employer and the director; and
25 . violation of a state or federal law, regardless of whether the conduct results in
26 the filing of criminal charges;
27 . amends provisions referring to the POST director's rulemaking authority with the
28 advice of the POST council;
29 . amends directives regarding specific rulemaking for dispatcher training and
31 . provides procedures and requires the division to initiate all adjudicative proceedings
32 as civil actions;
33 . specifies that the burden of proof in the adjudicative proceedings is by a
34 preponderance of the evidence;
35 . permits a peace officer to request an appeal hearing conducted by an administrative
36 law judge;
37 . provides that termination, whether voluntary or involuntary, or employment by an
38 agency after termination does not preclude suspension or revocation of peace officer
39 certification status by the council if the peace officer was terminated for cause; and
40 . requires a chief, sheriff, or administrative officer of a law enforcement agency who
41 is made aware of alleged conduct of a peace officer that would be grounds for
42 suspension or revocation to investigate and report the conduct to the division, if the
43 agency finds the allegation to be true.
44 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
46 Other Special Clauses:
48 Utah Code Sections Affected:
50 53-6-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1995, Chapter 134
51 53-6-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
52 53-6-202, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 234
53 53-6-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 282
55 53-6-211.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
56 REPEALS AND REENACTS:
57 53-6-211, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapters 13 and 282
59 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
60 Section 1. Section 53-6-102 is amended to read:
61 53-6-102. Definitions.
62 As used in this chapter:
63 (1) "Addiction" means the unlawful or habitual use of alcohol or a controlled substance
64 which endangers the public health, safety, or welfare.
66 accordance with the standards developed under Section 53-6-105 .
68 Section 53-6-106 .
69 (4) "Conviction" means an adjudication of guilt regarding criminal conduct, including:
70 (a) a finding of guilt by a court or a jury;
71 (b) a guilty plea;
72 (c) a plea of nolo contendere;
73 (d) a plea which is held in abeyance pending the successful completion of:
74 (i) a probationary period; or
75 (ii) a diversion agreement; or
76 (e) a conviction which has been expunged or dismissed.
78 Division appointed under Section 53-6-104 .
80 of its political subdivisions and whose primary duties are to:
81 (a) (i) receive calls for one or a combination of, emergency police, fire, and medical
82 services, and to dispatch the appropriate personnel and equipment in response to the calls; and
83 (ii) in response to emergency calls, make urgent decisions affecting the life, health, and
84 welfare of the public and public safety employees; or
85 (b) supervise dispatchers or direct a dispatch communication center.
87 in Section 53-6-103 .
89 Section 2. Section 53-6-105 is amended to read:
90 53-6-105. Duties of director -- Powers -- Rulemaking.
91 (1) The director, with the advice of the council, shall:
92 (a) prescribe standards for the certification of a peace officer training academy, certify
93 an academy that meets the prescribed standards, and prescribe standards for revocation of
94 certification for cause;
95 (b) prescribe minimum qualifications for certification of peace officers appointed or
96 elected to enforce the laws of this state and its subdivisions and prescribe standards for
97 revocation of certification for cause;
98 (c) establish minimum requirements for the certification of training instructors and
99 establish standards for revocation of certification;
100 (d) provide for the issuance of appropriate certificates to those peace officers
101 completing the basic training programs offered by a certified academy or those persons who
102 pass a certification examination as provided for in this chapter;
103 (e) consult and cooperate with certified academy administrators and instructors for the
104 continued development and improvement of the basic training programs provided by the
105 certified academy and for the further development and implementation of advanced in-service
106 training programs;
107 (f) consult and cooperate with state institutions of higher education to develop
108 specialized courses of study for peace officers in the areas of criminal justice, police
109 administration, criminology, social sciences, and other related disciplines;
110 (g) consult and cooperate with other departments, agencies, and local governments
111 concerned with peace officer training;
112 (h) perform any other acts necessary to develop peace officer training programs within
113 the state;
114 (i) report to the council at regular meetings of the council and when the council
116 (j) recommend peace officer standards and training requirements to the commissioner,
117 governor, and the Legislature; and
118 (k) [
119 Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the director shall, with the advice of the council, make
120 rules necessary to administer this chapter.
121 (2) With the permission of the commissioner, the director may execute contracts on
122 behalf of the division with criminal justice agencies to provide training for employees of those
123 agencies if:
124 (a) the employees or the employing agency pay a registration fee equivalent to the cost
125 of the training; and
126 (b) the contract does not reduce the effectiveness of the division in its primary
127 responsibility of providing training for peace officers of the state.
128 (3) The director may:
129 (a) revoke certification of a certified academy for cause; and
130 (b) make training aids and materials available to local law enforcement agencies.
131 (4) [
133 The director shall, with the advice of the council, make rules:
134 (a) establishing minimum requirements for the certification of dispatcher training
135 instructors in a certified academy or interagency program and standards for revocation of this
137 (b) establishing approved curriculum and a basic schedule for the basic dispatcher
138 training course and the content of the dispatcher certification examination;
139 (c) providing for the issuance of appropriate certificates to a person who completes the
140 basic dispatcher course or who passes a dispatcher certification examination as provided for in
141 this chapter;
142 (d) establishing approved courses for certified dispatchers' annual training; and
143 (e) establishing a reinstatement procedure for a certified dispatcher who has not
144 obtained the required annual training hours.
145 Section 3. Section 53-6-202 is amended to read:
146 53-6-202. Basic training course -- Completion required -- Annual training --
147 Prohibition from exercising powers -- Reinstatement.
148 (1) (a) The director shall:
149 (i) (A) suggest and prepare subject material; and
150 (B) schedule instructors for basic training courses; or
151 (ii) review the material and instructor choices submitted by a certified academy.
152 (b) The subject material, instructors, and schedules shall be approved or disapproved
153 by a majority vote of the council.
154 (2) The materials shall be reviewed and approved by the council on or before July 1st
155 of each year and may from time to time be changed or amended by majority vote of the council.
156 (3) The basic training in a certified academy shall be appropriate for the basic training
157 of peace officers in the techniques of law enforcement in the discretion of the director.
158 (4) (a) All peace officers must satisfactorily complete the basic training course or the
159 waiver process provided for in this chapter as well as annual certified training of not less than
160 40 hours as the director, with the advice and consent of the council, directs.
161 (b) A peace officer who fails to satisfactorily complete the annual training shall
162 automatically be prohibited from exercising peace officer powers until any deficiency is made
167 Section 4. Section 53-6-203 is amended to read:
168 53-6-203. Applicants for admission to training programs or for certification
169 examination -- Requirements.
170 (1) Before being accepted for admission to the training programs conducted by a
171 certified academy, and before being allowed to take a certification examination, each applicant
172 for admission or certification examination shall meet the following requirements:
173 (a) be a United States citizen;
174 (b) be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment as a peace officer;
175 (c) be a high school graduate or furnish evidence of successful completion of an
176 examination indicating an equivalent achievement;
177 (d) have not been convicted of a crime for which the applicant could have been
178 punished by imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or by imprisonment in the penitentiary of
179 this or another state;
180 (e) have demonstrated good moral character, as determined by a background
181 investigation; and
182 (f) be free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect
183 the performance [
184 (2) (a) An application for admission to a training program shall be accompanied by a
185 criminal history background check of local, state, and national criminal history files and a
186 background investigation.
187 (b) The costs of the background check and investigation shall be borne by the applicant
188 or the applicant's employing agency.
196 (3) (a) Notwithstanding any expungement statute or rule of any other jurisdiction, any
197 conviction obtained in this state or other jurisdiction, including a conviction that has been
198 expunged, dismissed, or treated in a similar manner to either of these procedures, may be
199 considered for purposes of this section.
200 (b) This provision applies to convictions entered both before and after the effective
201 date of this section.
202 (4) Any background check or background investigation performed pursuant to the
203 requirements of this section shall be to determine eligibility for admission to training programs
204 or qualification for certification examinations and may not be used as a replacement for any
205 background investigations that may be required of an employing agency.
206 (5) An applicant shall be considered to be of good moral character under Subsection
207 (1)(e) if the applicant has not engaged in conduct that would be a violation of Subsection
208 53-6-211 (1).
209 Section 5. Section 53-6-211 is repealed and reenacted to read:
210 53-6-211. Suspension or revocation of certification -- Right to a hearing --
211 Grounds -- Notice to employer -- Reporting.
212 (1) The council has authority to suspend or revoke the certification of a peace officer, if
213 the peace officer:
214 (a) willfully falsifies any information to obtain certification;
215 (b) has any physical or mental disability affecting the peace officer's ability to perform
217 (c) is addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance, unless the peace officer reports
218 the addiction to the employer and to the director as part of a departmental early intervention
220 (d) engages in conduct which is a violation of any state or federal law, but not
221 including a traffic offense that is a class C misdemeanor or infraction, regardless of whether the
222 conduct results in the filing of criminal charges against the officer;
223 (e) refuses to respond, or fails to respond truthfully, to questions after having been
224 issued a warning issued based on Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967);
225 (f) engages in sexual conduct which impairs the ability of the peace officer to
226 objectively and diligently perform the duties and functions of a peace officer; or
227 (g) is dismissed from military service with a bad conduct discharge or a dishonorable
229 (2) The council may not suspend or revoke the certification of a peace officer for a
230 violation of a law enforcement agency's policies, general orders, or guidelines of operation that
231 do not amount to a cause of action under Subsection (1).
232 (3) (a) The division is responsible for investigating officers who are alleged to have
233 engaged in conduct in violation of Subsection (1).
234 (b) The division shall initiate all adjudicative proceedings under this section by
235 providing to the peace officer involved notice and an opportunity for a hearing before an
236 administrative law judge.
237 (c) All adjudicative proceedings under this section are civil actions, notwithstanding
238 whether the issue in the adjudicative proceeding is a violation of statute that may be prosecuted
240 (d) (i) The burden of proof on the division in an adjudicative proceeding under this
241 section is by a preponderance of the evidence.
242 (ii) If a peace officer asserts an affirmative defense, the peace officer has the burden of
243 proof to establish the affirmative defense by a preponderance of the evidence.
244 (e) If the administrative law judge finds there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that
245 the officer engaged in conduct that is in violation of Subsection (1), the division shall present
246 the case to the council.
247 (f) The division shall notify the chief, sheriff, or administrative officer of the police
248 agency which employs the involved peace officer of the investigation and shall provide any
249 information or comments concerning the peace officer received from that agency regarding the
250 peace officer to the council before a peace officer's certification may be suspended or revoked.
251 (g) If the administrative law judge finds that there is insufficient evidence to
252 demonstrate that the officer is in violation of Subsection (1), the administrative law judge shall
253 dismiss the adjudicative proceeding.
254 (4) (a) Termination of a peace officer, whether voluntary or involuntary, does not
255 preclude suspension or revocation of a peace officer's certification by the council if the peace
256 officer was terminated for any of the reasons under Subsection (1).
257 (b) Employment by another agency, or reinstatement of a peace officer by the original
258 employing agency after termination by that agency, whether the termination was voluntary or
259 involuntary, does not preclude suspension or revocation of a peace officer's certification by the
260 council if the peace officer was terminated for any of the reasons under Subsection (1).
261 (5) A chief, sheriff, or administrative officer of a law enforcement agency who is made
262 aware of an allegation against a peace officer employed by that agency that involves conduct in
263 violation of Subsection (1) shall investigate the allegation and report to the division if the
264 allegation is found to be true.
265 Section 6. Section 53-6-211.5 is enacted to read:
266 53-6-211.5. Voluntary relinquishment of peace officer certification.
267 (1) A peace officer may voluntarily relinquish the peace officer's certification to the
268 division at any time, regardless of whether an investigation has been instituted or an
269 adjudicative proceeding has been initiated under this chapter.
270 (2) (a) A peace officer who voluntarily relinquishes certification under this section may
271 not subsequently be certified as a peace officer in this state.
272 (b) This section does not apply to a peace officer whose certification has become
273 inactive as provided in Section 53-6-208 .
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