HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

456

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

H.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

S.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that public safety officers, including state deputy sheriffs, provide invaluable societal contributions by risking their lives each day in service to Hawaii's residents. The legislature also finds that public safety officers are in a position of public trust as the guardians and protectors of the State's communities. This role requires extending respect and compassion to the people of the State while also holding individuals accountable for criminal conduct.

The legislature further finds that public safety officers are frequently in harm's way and must quickly make difficult decisions while under stress. The legislature finds that because of the gravity of these decisions, the people of the State and public safety officers themselves rely on and expect thorough training and accountability.

The purpose of this Act is to support the role of public safety officers by:

(1) Requiring the department of public safety to revise its policies and procedures governing the use of force, weapons, and equipment;

(2) Require the department's use of force training to be reviewed by the law enforcement standards board; and

(3) Appropriate funds for training, equipment, and related records management.

SECTION 2. Chapter 353C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"353C-   Use of force policies and procedures and training. (a) The department shall revise its policies and procedures governing the use of force, weapons, and equipment.

(b) The department's use of force training shall be reviewed by the law enforcement standards board established under chapter 139, and may include use of force decision making, crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques, and less than lethal alternatives.

(c) The deputy director of the law enforcement division shall be included and certified in all weapons training."

SECTION 3. The department of public safety shall report its progress regarding the revision of its policies and procedures governing the use of force, weapons, and equipment, pursuant to section 353C- (a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, in section 2 of this Act, to the Legislature by January 1, 2020.

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the development and implementation of less than lethal use of force training and related records management for the deputy sheriffs of the department of public safety.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of public safety for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the purchase and maintenance of less than lethal equipment, including weapons, for use by the department of public safety deputy sheriffs certified in the less than lethal use of force.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of public safety for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 6. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.



 

Report Title:

Department of Public Safety; Deputy Sheriffs; Less Than Lethal Equipment; Training; Report; Appropriation

 

Description:

Requires PSD to revise its policies governing use of force, weapons, and equipment and report its progress to the Legislature. Requires PSD's use of force training to be reviewed by the Law Enforcement Standards Board. Requires the Deputy Director of the Law Enforcement Division to be included and certified in all weapons training. Appropriates funds for less than lethal use of force training and equipment. Takes effect on 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

 

 

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