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H.10

Introduced by   Representative Condon of Colchester

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public safety; correctional officers; authorization to carry weapons while on duty  

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize a correctional officer to carry a weapon while on duty if the officer has been certified by the criminal justice training council as a part-time law enforcement officer.

AN ACT RELATING TO AUTHORIZING CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS TO CARRY WEAPONS WHILE ON DUTY

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

Sec. 1.  28 V.S.A. § 551a is amended to read:

§ 551a.  LAW ENFORCEMENT POWERS OF CORRECTIONAL

              OFFICERS; TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

(a)  The commissioner of corrections shall establish training requirements necessary for a correctional officer to be authorized to exercise the power to arrest a person on probation under section 301 of this title, to arrest a person serving supervised community sentence under section 363 of this title, or to arrest a person on parole under section 551 of this title.  The required training shall include but not be limited to training in search and seizure, criminal law, authority to arrest, use of force, reporting and record keeping, and liability for actions and conduct.

(b)  The commissioner may also authorize and designate any correctional officer as defined in section subdivision 3(10) of this title to become certified by the criminal justice training council as a part-time law enforcement officer, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 151 of Title 20.  The commissioner and the director of the training academy shall develop curriculum subject to the approval of the training council.  The commissioner by department policy may prescribe the use of those law enforcement powers consistent with the official duties and job descriptions of the correctional officer, and may direct that the correctional officer not carry any weapon while on duty shall allow the correctional officer so certified to carry a weapon while on duty.  Any person hereby certified shall be sworn by the commissioner.



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