A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE COMPANY P0LICE OFFICERS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES TO USE APPROPRIATE AND REASONABLE FORCE TO KEEP A RESPONDENT AT THE FACILITY WHERE THE RESPONDENT IS TO OBTAIN AN EXAMINATION BY A PHYSICIAN OR PSYCHOLOGIST PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER. Enacted June 18, 2013. Effective June 18, 2013.
Summary date: Jun 18 2013 - View summary
Summary date: May 15 2013 - View summary
House amendment to the 2nd edition, as amended, adds Cumberland County to those counties to which the act applies.
Summary date: May 14 2013 - View summary
House Amendment #1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition:
Changes the bill title to limit reference to company police officers only.
Rewrites the bill in its entirety to amend GS 122C-251 (instead of GS 122C-263) by adding a new subsection (i) authorizing company police officers employed by a hospital certified under GS 74E-2(b) to use appropriate and reasonable force to keep a respondent at a facility where the respondent is detained under an involuntary commitment order and to return the respondent to the facility pursuant to a continuous and immediate pursuit; authorities vested to company police officers under this subsection are available when law enforcement, after collaboration with the hospital, determines that the respondent is safe to be temporarily detained at the facility.
House Amendment #2 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition as amended:
Changes the bill title to clarify that the bill applies in certain counties.
Adds Wilkes County to the application of the act (was only Ashe County).
Summary date: May 9 2013 - View summary
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Deletes the provisions of the 1st edition and instead provides as follows. Amends GS 122C-263 to allow a law enforcement officer or company police officer employed by a hospital that is certified as a company police agency by the Attorney General and has been granted authority to commission company police officers to use appropriate and reasonable force and means to keep the respondent, who is to be examined by a physician or psychologist, at the facility or other detainment location, and to return the respondent to the location if there is pursuit. Applies only to Ashe County.
Summary date: Apr 3 2013 - View summary
Amends GS 74E-6 to give Ashe County hospital police officers the powers under (c) of the statute (giving company police officers the same powers as municipal and county police officers to make arrests for felonies and misdemeanors and to charge for infractions on specified property) and powers in that subsection upon a portion of any public road or highway passing through or immediately adjoining the property described in the subsection. Allows the chief executive officer of any local hospital or hospital authority that employs or contracts with hospital police officers to (1) enter into joint agreements with the governing board of any municipality to extend the law enforcement authority of hospital police officers into any of the municipality's jurisdiction and to determine the circumstances under which the authority may be granted and (2) enter into joint agreements with the governing board of any county, with the sheriff's consent, to extend the law enforcement authority of hospital police officers into any of the county's jurisdiction and to determine the circumstances under which the authority may be granted. Makes conforming changes.
Applies to Ashe County only. Effective July 1, 2013.