SB 335

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Law enforcement, to require law enforcement officers to undergo sensitivity training, require law enforcement to recruit social workers
Description

This bill would require law enforcement officers in this state to complete sensitivity training. The bill would also require law enforcement agencies to recruit social workers licensed at the clinical level of practice to be law enforcement officers

Relating to law enforcement; to require law enforcement officers in this state to complete sensitivity training and to require law enforcement agencies to recruit social workers licensed at the clinical level of practice to be law enforcement officers.

Subjects
Law Enforcement
View Original PDF: SB 335 - Introduced - PDF

This bill would require law enforcement officers in this state to complete sensitivity training. The bill would also require law enforcement agencies to recruit social workers licensed at the clinical level of practice to be law enforcement officers

Relating to law enforcement; to require law enforcement officers in this state to complete sensitivity training and to require law enforcement agencies to recruit social workers licensed at the clinical level of practice to be law enforcement officers.

Section 1

(a) The Alabama Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission shall require sensitivity training as part of any law enforcement officer academy course of study. The training shall be developed in collaboration with the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers or a similar organization. (b) This bill requires certified law enforcement officers in this state to complete and report hours of continuing education courses in sensitivity training to the commission. (c) Commencing January 1, 2019, all law enforcement officers certified by the commission shall be required to complete instruction in sensitivity training described in subsection (a). The training shall do all of the following: (1) Include focus on social, ethnic, and racial bias, cultural competency and diversity, and law enforcement interaction with minorities, the disabled, the mentally ill, unlawfully present aliens, and other populations. (2) Provide instruction on situational assessment, decision making, and alternative de-escalation tactics that will better equip law enforcement officers to handle difficult socially volatile situations. (d) The commission shall establish rules and policies to ensure compliance with this section. (e) The commission shall submit a report regarding compliance to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate on or before the first day of each regular session of the Legislature.

Section 2

Commencing on January 1, 2019, state and local law enforcement agencies shall recruit social workers licensed at the clinical level of practice into the law enforcement officer workforce. The social workers shall complete all necessary standards and training to become sworn officers of the law. Licensed social workers that become law enforcement officers shall assist law enforcement agencies and first responding agencies in all of the following areas to aid in the mitigation of high intensity situations: (1) Human behavior in social environments. (2) Crisis intervention. (3) Diversity. (4) Ethics. (5) Diagnostic impression, assessment, and opinion expertise.

Section 3

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 13, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security
March 13, 2018SEngrossed
March 13, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 788
March 13, 2018SPittman motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 787
March 13, 2018SPittman Amendment Offered
March 13, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 6, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 22, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Governmental Affairs
2018-03-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed