(April 17) – The House gave lopsided final approval this morning to two more components of a bipartisan package of legislation to rebuild trust between law enforcement agencies and the Colorado communities they serve.
HB15-1285, sponsored by Reps. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, and Angela Williams, D-Denver, passed on a 57-7 vote. The bill will create a grant fund to expand the number of Colorado law enforcement officers wearing body cameras, which create a video record of the situations encountered by law enforcement officers and can help settle conflicting accounts when allegations of police misconduct are made.
Passing on a 55-9 vote was HB15-1287, sponsored by Rep. Williams, adding four non-law enforcement members to the state Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, which manages the training and certification of all officers working for Colorado law enforcement agencies. The bill also mandates anti-bias, community policing and de-escalation courses in police officers’ regular in-service training, and will require community outreach programs and diversity recruitment programs.
Both bills head to the Senate, where they have bipartisan support. Of the seven “rebuilding trust” bills starting in the House this session, six have completed their journey through the originating chamber.
“I am very pleased by the bipartisan support for our ‘rebuilding trust’ package,” Rep Williams said. “I hope it will act as a reset button to build our communities’ confidence in our police officers, and to build police officers’ confidence that they are supported by the communities they are sworn to serve.