LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT/CITIZENS ACADEMIES.

View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 960 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 17, 2018
AN ACT TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO OPERATE PROGRAMS THAT EDUCATE CITIZENS REGARDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS, TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGER SIGNS OF POTENTIALLY VIOLENT ACTIVITIES, AND TO PROVIDE TRAINING TO CITIZENS WHO WANT TO PROVIDE VOLUNTEER SERVICES TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Intro. by Faircloth.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate Action) (Jun 14 2018)

SOG comments (1):

Identical bill

Identical to S 722, filed 5/17/18.

H 960

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 13 2018 - More information

    House amendment makes the following changes to 2nd edition. Amends GS 160A-289.3 and GS 162-27 to require the citizens academy programs run by police and sheriffs to include training on de-escalation, mental health crises, understanding persons with disabilities or mental illness, and diversity and equity. 


  • Summary date: Jun 6 2018 - More information

    House committee substitute amends the 1st edition by modifying proposed GS 160A-289.3(b), which requires local police departments to conduct background checks on potential citizens academy participants. Previously, the proposed language required the local departments to exclude individuals from the citizens academy based on prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges or investigations. Changes this provision to instead permit local departments to exclude individuals based on prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges or investigations. 


  • Summary date: May 17 2018 - More information

    Enacts new GS 160A-289.3 (relating to chief of police) and GS 162-27 (relating to sheriff) to allow the chief of police of a local police department or of a county police department, or the sheriff, respectively, to establish a citizens academy that educates community members of the department’s operations and prepares participants to provide volunteer services. Requires the program to follow a pre-established curriculum that includes instruction on the recognition and reporting of suspicious activity indicative of criminal behavior and emphasizes recognition of activities and threats that might lead to acts of terrorism or other violence against civilians. Requires background checks on potential participants and requires excluding individuals based on prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges or investigations. Allows using program graduates to provide volunteer services that support the department’s operations and increase community safety and security, including community patrols. Includes General Assembly findings.


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