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NO. 142. AN ACT RELATING TO STATE POLICE PROMOTIONS.

(S.320)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 20 V.S.A. § 1878 is amended to read:

§ 1878. APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION OF MEMBERS

Within the limits of the appropriation for the department, and *[with the advice of the state police advisory commission]* in accordance with section 1921 of this title, the commissioner may appoint or promote members to the ranks, grades and position deemed necessary for efficient administration. *[He]* The commissioner may devise and administer examinations designed to test the qualifications of members and only those applicants shall be appointed or promoted who meet the prescribed standards and qualifications.

Sec. 2. 20 V.S.A. § 1911 is amended to read:

§ 1911. EXAMINATIONS; APPOINTMENT; PROMOTION; PROBATION

The commissioner shall devise and administer examinations designed to test the qualifications of applicants for positions as state police and only those applicants shall be appointed or promoted who meet the prescribed standards and qualifications. All state police shall be on probation for one year from the date of first appointment. Such examinations shall be with the advice of the*[ state police advisory commission and the personnel]* department of personnel.

Sec. 3. 20 V.S.A. § 1921(a) is amended to read:

(a) Promotions to the ranks of *[corporal,]* sergeant and lieutenant shall be based upon *[standardized written and oral examinations]* the results of a written examination and an oral interview. Promotions to the rank of captain *[or]*, major, lieutenant colonel or colonel shall be made by the commissioner and it shall not be required that such promotions be based on written and oral examinations.

Sec. 4. 20 V.S.A. § 1922(b) is amended to read:

(b) The commission shall consist of seven members, at least one of whom shall be an attorney and one of whom shall be a retired state police officer, to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.

Sec. 5. STATE POLICE ADVISORY COMMISSION; APPOINTMENT OF RETIRED STATE POLICE OFFICER

The governor shall appoint a retired state police officer to the State Police Advisory Commission for the first such appointment made after the effective date of this act.

Sec. 6. PURPOSE AND INTENT

The general assembly intends:

(1) to ensure that any further consolidation of State Police 24-hour dispatch centers be done in a planned and orderly manner, so that any preventable problems, created or exacerbated by consolidation which have an impact on the safety of the public and members of the Department of Public Safety not occur; and

(2) that the Department of Public Safety’s review of previous dispatch center consolidations identifies any problems created or exacerbated by consolidation, and that a detailed plan be identified and implemented to remedy these problems.

Sec. 7. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY; REPORT

(a) The Department of Public Safety shall file a detailed report and plan with the general assembly on or before January 15, 2001 which identifies, for each consolidated State Police 24-hour dispatching center, the following:

(1) all problems caused by the consolidation of State Police 24-hour dispatch centers;

(2) all issues relating to staffing, training, equipment, policies and procedures which did not improve or which worsened, based on the consolidation of each State Police dispatch center;

(3) a plan for resolving all measures which have not had a satisfactory impact on the consolidation of any dispatch center;

(4) the extent of dispatcher overtime hours worked, turnover, training procedures and staffing at all consolidated dispatching centers, and a preconsolidation comparison of each of these features, where available, as well as a postconsolidation comparison;

(5) steps which will be taken to identify potential problems in the future consolidation of dispatching centers; and

(6) measurable benchmarks and goals that will identify the success of a consolidated dispatching center.

(b) Each year in which any State Police 24-hour dispatching centers are consolidated, the Department of Public Safety shall file a report, as described in subsection (a) of this section, with the General Assembly by January 15 of the following year.

Sec. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE

Sec. 3 of this act shall be effective on July 1, 2001; however, the commissioner may administer written examinations before this date.

Approved: May 23, 2000