THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO LESS THAN LETHAL FORCE.
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 since 2015, the number of fatal shootings in Hawaii by law enforcement officers has more than doubled and that it has risen from being less than one per cent of the national total to being two per cent in 2019. The State ranked forty-fourth among states in 2015 in the number of fatal law enforcement officer shootings, but has climbed to ranking thirty-second in 2019. The legislature notes that the majority of these cases involved people who were not armed with a gun.
The purpose of this Act is to support the role of public safety officers by:
(1) Requiring the department of public safety to review its policies and procedures governing the use of force, weapons, and equipment; and
(2) Requiring the law enforcement standards board to review the department's use of force training.
SECTION 2. Chapter 353C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
of force policies, procedures, and training. (a) The department shall review and update, at
least annually, its policies and procedures governing the use of force,
weapons, and equipment.
The department's use of force training shall be reviewed by the law
enforcement standards board established under section 139-2."
SECTION 3. The department of public safety shall report its progress regarding compliance with the requirements of section 353C- (a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to the legislature by December 1, 2020.
SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
Department of Public Safety; Use of Force; Policies and Procedures
Requires the department of public safety to review and update, at least annually, its policies and procedures governing the use of force, weapons, and equipment. Requires the law enforcement standards board to review the department's use of force training. Effective 7/1/2050. (HD1)
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