Unanimous Approval for 2 ‘Rebuilding Trust’ Bills

(April 27) – The House gave unanimous approval today to two more bills in the “rebuilding trust” package of legislation to bolster public confidence in Colorado law enforcement agencies

SB15-218, sponsored in the House by Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, prevents law enforcement officers from hiding damaging information in their personnel files when they apply for employment to another Colorado law enforcement agency.

SB15-219, sponsored in the House by Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, requires law enforcement agencies to have publicly established procedures for responding when a police officer is involved in a shooting which results in death or injury. In such cases, the incident response team should be drawn from other law enforcement agencies.

After 64-0 House votes, the two bills become the first in the package to advance to Gov. John Hickenlooper for signature. Of the other eight bills introduced in March in the “rebuilding trust” package, one awaits final action in the House, five are awaiting final Senate action and two have been killed, one in each chamber.

“The rebuilding trust package is intended to advance the process of restoring public confidence in our police agencies, and of building confidence among our law enforcement officers that they have the support of the public,” said Rep. Williams, who coordinated the package in the House. “I am pleased with the progress this legislative package has made, and I hope the Senate will act promptly to let the healing begin.”

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