Introduced by Representative O’Donnell of Vernon
Subject: Public safety; state police; critical situation investigations; post‑traumatic stress disorder
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require the department of public safety to include consideration of post‑traumatic stress disorder when addressing actions of a state police officer in regard to a critical situation report and potential disciplinary action.
AN ACT RELATING TO POST‑TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND STATE POLICE OFFICERS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY; STATE POLICE
OFFICERS; CRITICAL SITUATION INVESTIGATIONS;
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
(a) The department of public safety shall implement changes in the department’s protocols and procedures to include:
(1) Determination and treatment for possible post‑traumatic stress disorder immediately following a critical situation.
(2) Consideration of post‑traumatic stress disorder as a mitigating factor in determining the extent of disciplinary action to be taken against a police officer for the officer’s actions in a critical situation.
(b) The department shall report to the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2006 regarding the changes that have been made to protocols and procedures as required in subsection (a) of this section and the impact of the implementation of these changes on the morale of the police officers and the department.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect on passage, and Sec. 1(a) of this act shall be implemented no later than September 1, 2005.
The Vermont General Assembly
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