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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 26, 2018 10:16 AM
From: Senator Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Law Enforcement Oversight Board
I will soon be introducing legislation to create a professional oversight board for law enforcement officers. The board will be similar to other licensure and certification boards currently under the jurisdiction of the Department of State.

The board will be responsible for providing certification to law enforcement officers, administering exams for certification and offering continuing education. The board will also have the authority to investigate complaints and take disciplinary action if necessary, including suspending, revoking, and reinstating a certificate.

Exams will ensure that law enforcement officers have understanding and knowledge of the law and criminal procedures. They will also place emphasis on de-escalation techniques and community safety.
In addition to creating a system of oversight, the legislation will provide professional protection from anyone acting as a law enforcement officer without credentials.

The Board will consist of 14 members spanning the law enforcement profession including the Attorney General’s Office, the Chiefs of Police Association, the District Attorneys Association, and active police officers.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.