HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS BOARD.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature, by Act 220, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, enacted chapter 139, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to create a law enforcement standards board for the certification of law enforcement officers, including county police officers, state public safety officers, and employees with police powers at the departments of transportation, of land and natural resources, of the attorney general, and of taxation.
The board is responsible for establishing minimum standards for employment as a law enforcement officer and certifying persons qualified as law enforcement officers. It is also responsible for establishing minimum criminal justice curriculum requirements for basic, specialized, and in-service courses and programs for the training of law enforcement officers. It must consult and cooperate with the counties, state agencies, other governmental agencies, universities and colleges, and other institutions, concerning the development of law enforcement officer training schools and programs. The board is also responsible for regulating and enforcing the certification requirements of law enforcement officers.
These are important and substantial duties that require evaluation to ensure that existing legal obligations are not compromised. Before imposing new standards impacting the employment of law enforcement officers, the board must consider collective bargaining and other employment requirements. At a minimum, the board must evaluate how probationary periods, training requirements (i.e., the types of training, the number of hours of training, and the availability of training facilities), and the issuance, suspension, and revocation of certification will impact obligations already established by law.
Such evaluation should include consideration of the study conducted by the legislative reference bureau pursuant to Act 124, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, and any additional study necessary to determine the impact of uniform standards, certification, and training for all law enforcement. The board has determined that it will need significantly more time and funds to accomplish its mission.
(1) Clarify board membership requirements to facilitate participation and representation;
(2) Enable the board to research the impact of uniform standards, certification, and training on existing legal requirements;
(3) Establish new and more realistic deadlines for the completion of the board's significant responsibilities; and
(4) Provide appropriate funds and resources to enable the board to accomplish its mission.
There is established the law enforcement standards board within the
department of the attorney general for administrative purposes only. The purpose of the board shall be to provide
programs and standards for training and certification of law enforcement
officers. The law enforcement standards
board shall consist of the following voting members: nine ex officio
, two] or their designees, five law enforcement
officers, and four members of the public.
(1) The nine ex officio members of the board shall consist of the:
;] or the attorney general's designee;
of public safety[
;] or the director's designee;
(C) Director of transportation or the director's designee;
(D) Chairperson of the board of land and natural resources or the chairperson's designee;
(E) Director of taxation or the director's designee; and
of police of the four counties[
;] or the designee of each of the
chiefs of police;
two] five law enforcement officers shall be from each of the
four counties and one from the State, shall each have at least ten years of
experience as a law enforcement officer [ and], shall be appointed
by the governor[ ;] and notwithstanding section 26-34, shall not be
subject to senatorial confirmation; and
(3) The four members of the public shall consist of one member of the public from each of the four counties and shall be appointed by the governor. At least two of the four members of the public holding a position on the board at any given time shall:
(A) Possess a master's or doctorate degree related to criminal justice;
(B) Possess a law degree and have experience:
(i) Practicing in Hawaii as a deputy attorney general, a deputy prosecutor, a deputy public defender, or a private criminal defense attorney; or
(ii) Litigating constitutional law issues in Hawaii;
(C) Be a recognized expert in the field of criminal justice, policing, or security; or
work experience in a law enforcement capacity[
; provided that experience in
a county police department shall not itself be sufficient to qualify under this
The law enforcement officers and the members of the public on the board
shall serve for a term of [
three] four years[ ,];
provided that the initial terms shall be staggered, as determined by the
SECTION 3. Section 139-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
§139-3[ ]] Powers and duties of the board. The board shall:
(1) Adopt rules in accordance with chapter 91 to implement this chapter;
(2) Establish minimum standards for employment as a law enforcement officer and to certify persons to be qualified as law enforcement officers;
(3) Establish criteria and standards in which a person who has been denied certification, whose certification has been revoked by the board, or whose certification has lapsed may reapply for certification;
(4) Establish minimum criminal justice curriculum requirements for basic, specialized, and in-service courses and programs for schools operated by or for the State or a county for the specific purpose of training law enforcement officers;
(5) Consult and cooperate with the counties, agencies of the State, other governmental agencies, universities, colleges, and other institutions concerning the development of law enforcement officer training schools and programs of criminal justice instruction;
subject to chapter 76,] an administrator and other persons necessary to
carry out its duties under this chapter;
(7) Investigate when there is reason to believe that a law enforcement officer does not meet the minimum standards for employment, and in so doing, may:
(A) Subpoena persons, books, records, or documents;
(B) Require answers in writing under oath to questions asked by the board; and
(C) Take or cause to be taken depositions as needed in investigations, hearings, and other proceedings,
related to the investigation;
(8) Establish and require participation in continuing education programs for law enforcement officers;
the authority to charge and collect fees for applications for certification as
a law enforcement officer; [
procedures and criteria for the revocation of certification issued by the
(11) Consider studies relevant to the board's objectives, including but not limited to the study that examines consolidating the law enforcement activities and responsibilities of various state divisions and agencies under a single, centralized state enforcement division or agency, conducted pursuant to Act 124, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018; and
(12) Conduct its own study to evaluate how to efficiently and effectively satisfy its duties in accordance with the law."
SECTION 4. Act 220, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, is amended by amending section 6 to read as follows:
"SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2018;
provided that [
the law enforcement standards board established under this
Act shall finalize its standards and certification process by July 1, 2019.]
sections -5 through -8 of this Act shall
take effect on July 1, 2023."
SECTION 5. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $275,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 for deposit into the law enforcement standards board special fund.
SECTION 6. There is appropriated out of the law enforcement standards board special fund the sum of $275,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year
(1) One permanent administrator position (1.0 FTE) exempt from chapter 76, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and one permanent clerical position (1.0 FTE) subject to chapter 76, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and
(2) Administration and operating costs of the law enforcement standards board.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the law enforcement standards board.
SECTION 7. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun, before the effective date of this Act.
SECTION 8. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 9. This Act shall take effect on January 28, 2081.
Law Enforcement Standards Board
Clarifies membership and certain powers and duties of the Law Enforcement Standards Board (Board). Extends the deadline for the completion of certain Board responsibilities. Appropriates funds for an administrator position, a clerical position, and the administration and operating costs of the Board. (HB952 HD1)
The summary description of legislation appearing on this page is for informational purposes only and is not legislation or evidence of legislative intent.