AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN POLICIES AND STANDARDS SURROUNDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.
Appropriates $250,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to the North Carolina Justice Academy for 2022-23 to expand its ability to serve law enforcement agencies of the state by providing more opportunities to attend courses and trainings. Appropriates $250,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to the North Carolina Justice Academy for 2022-23 to expand its ability to offer online courses for law enforcement agencies to allow for greater statewide participation in Academy courses and training. Effective July 1, 2022.
Requires the North Carolina Justice Academy and the North Carolina Community College System to develop a memorandum of understanding to allow community colleges to provide training and education to those trained and educated by the Academy to alleviate travel time and related costs. Requires the MOU to be submitted to the specified NCGA committee by October 1, 2022.
Appropriates $250,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for 2022-23 to further develop, maintain, and staff the North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. Effective July 1, 2022.
Amends GS 17C-20 to open up eligibility for the Criminal Justice Fellows Program (Program) to all counties (was, counties with a population of less than 200,000).
Amends GS 17C-22 to expand upon the Program's purpose to also include forgivable loans for obtaining a Bachelor's Degree or an NC Basic Law Enforcement Training Program certificate of completion. Sets out requirements for recipients of loans for these degrees and certificates, including employment requirements post graduation. Makes conforming changes. Amends GS 17C-23 by making conforming changes to loan terms and disbursement of funds. Gives recipients up to 120 months to repay all funds distributed, including interest, received in pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree and 60 months for those in pursuit of a Basic Law Enforcement Training Program certificate of completion.
Amends GS 15A-401 to require the State's law enforcement agencies to designate specially trained law enforcement officers to be a part of an agency Crisis Intervention Team trained in determining whether a person is experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis and what methods are available to de-escalate or otherwise safely engage in interactions with the person. Requires the establishment of the team by December 1, 2024, in order to remain eligible for Governor's Crime Commission grants.
Appropriates $250 million from the General Fund to DOJ for grants for the Crisis Intervention Team training. Effective July 1, 2022.
Includes a severability clause.