AN ACT TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY IN USE OF FORCE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN NORTH CAROLINA.
Enacts GS 114-2.7B, directing the Department of Justice (Department) to develop and maintain a statewide database for use by law enforcement agencies that tracks all critical incident data of officers in the State. Defines critical incident as one involving any use of force by an officer that results in death or serious bodily injury to a person. Requires consultation with the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission. Requires cooperation of all law enforcement agencies in the State. Provides for information collected that is confidential under State or federal law to remain confidential.
Enacts the following statutes, requiring the specified law enforcement agency or type of agency to provide the Department requested information regarding the use of force of its officers to maintain the statewide database pursuant to GS 114-2.7B, and providing for continued confidentiality of the information as appropriate: GS 20-196.7 (State Highway Patrol and State Troopers); GS 74E-10.2 (company police agencies and their law enforcement officers); GS 74G-10.2 (campus police agencies and their law enforcement officers); GS 143B-927.2 (the State Bureau of Investigation and its law enforcement officers); GS 153A-213.1 (counties and their law enforcement officers); and GS 160A-290.1 (cities and their law enforcement officers).
Effective October 1, 2021.