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Governor Signs Landmark Public Safety Bill

8/13/2015 12:00:00 AM

SPRINGFIELD (August 12, 2015) Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 1304 today to create the Police and Community Improvement Act."Today we are taking steps to strengthen the relationship between our law enforcement officers and the public they protect with the Police and Community Improvement Act," Governor Rauner said. "As a society, we must ensure the safety of both the public and law enforcement. SB 1304 establishes new and important guidelines and training for police departments and their officers, while protecting the public by prohibiting officers from using excessive force. I thank the legislators who sponsored this bill. It will have a lasting and positive impact on the people of Illinois."Additional Background:Illinois is the first state in the country to pass comprehensive legislation that include procedures for police departments that utilize body cameras; establish reporting requirements for officers who make stops or arrests; crisis intervention and racial sensitivity training; and prohibits excessive force like choke holds.

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August 13, 2015 Official Legislative Statement from Illinois Association of Chief's of Police

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The following text is theOVERVIEW of SB1304 bill as obtained from Illinois Senate website page

Creates the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act.

Provides that each law enforcement agency shall have a written policy regarding the investigation of officer-involved deaths that involve a law enforcement officer employed by that law enforcement agency.Provides that each officer-involved death investigation shall be conducted by at least 2 investigators, or an entity or agency comprised of at least 2 investigators, one of whom is the lead investigator.Provides that the lead investigator shall be certified or trained as a Lead Homicide Investigator.Provides that no investigator involved in the investigation may be employed by the law enforcement agency that employs the officer involved in the officer-involved death, unless the investigator is employed by the Department of State Police and is not assigned to the same division or unit as the officer-involved in the death.Provides that if the officer-involved death being investigated involves a motor vehicle accident, at least one investigator shall be certified or trained as a Crash Reconstruction Specialist.Provides that notwithstanding these requirements, the policy for a law enforcement agency, when the officer-involved death being investigated involves a motor vehicle collision, may allow the use of an investigator who is employed by that law enforcement agency and who is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board as a Crash Reconstruction Specialist.Provides for a complete report to the State's Attorney of the county in which the officer-involved death occurred. Provides that if the State's Attorney, or a designated special prosecutor, determines there is no basis to prosecute the law enforcement officer involved in the officer-involved death, or if the law enforcement officer is not otherwise charged or indicted, the investigators shall publicly release a report.Provides that compensation for investigation of an officer-involved death may be determined in an intergovernmental or interagency agreement.Provides that the Act does not prohibit any law enforcement agency from conducting an internal investigation into the officer-involved death if it does not interfere with the investigation conducted under the Act.Creates the Uniform Crime Reporting Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall be a central repository and custodian of crime statistics for the State and shall have all the power incident thereto to carry out the purposes of the Act, including the power to demand and receive cooperation in the submission of crime statistics from all law enforcement agencies.Provides that all data and information provided to the Department under the Act must be provided in a manner and form prescribed by the Department.Provides that on annual basis, the Department shall make available compilations of crime statistics required to be reported by each law enforcement agency.Provides that each month, each law enforcement agency shall submit specified information to the Department of State Police on arrest-related deaths, police discharge of firearms, crime incidents, and offenses in schools.Provides that beginning January 1, 2016, each law enforcement agency shall submit to the Department incident-based information on any criminal homicide. The data shall be provided monthly by law enforcement agencies containing information describing the victim of the homicide, the offender, the relationship between the victim and offender, any weapons used, and the circumstances of the incident.Requires the Department of State Police to annually report to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board law enforcement agencies that are not in compliance with the reporting requirements. The Board may consider the noncompliance in making grants under the Law Enforcement Camera Grant Act. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act.Requires all law enforcement agencies to notify the Board of any final determination of willful violation by an officer of department or agency policy, official misconduct, or law, and maintenance by the Board of a database containing this information.Provides that minimum in-service training requirements, which a permanent police officer must satisfactorily complete every 3 years, shall include constitutional and proper use of law enforcement authority, procedural justice, civil rights, human rights, and cultural competency, and complete annually updates and use of force training which shall include scenario based training.Amends the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, beginning on July 1, 2015, from the proceeds received under the Acts, each month the Department of Revenue shall deposit $500,000 into the State Crime Laboratory Fund.Amends the Unified Code of Corrections.Provides that the Department of State Police shall report certain backlog information to the Governor and both houses of the General Assembly on a monthly basis (currently, the report is annual).Amends the Counties Code. Provides procedures for appointment of a special prosecutor for a State's Attorney who is sick, absent, unable to fulfill his or her duties, or with a conflict of interest.Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Requires law enforcement officers who detain a pedestrian to complete a uniform stop card with information concerning the stop.Amends the Criminal Code of 2012.Provides that a peace officer shall not use a chokehold in the performance of his or her duties, unless deadly force is justified under the Justifiable Use of Force; Exoneration Article of the Code. Provides that a peace officer shall not use a chokehold, or any lesser contact with the throat or neck area of another in order to prevent the destruction of evidence by ingestion. Defines "chokehold". Creates the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera and Management Act.Provides for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board to create model guidelines, to be adopted as rules by law enforcement agencies using officer-worn body cameras.Provides specific requirements for recording retention, data collection and reporting.Provides legislative findings.Defines terms.Amends the Law Enforcement Camera Grant Act. Provides that grants may be made from the Law Enforcement Camera Grant Fund for both officer-worn body cameras and in-car video cameras (currently, only in-car video cameras).Provides anti-sweep protection to the Law Enforcement Camera Grant Fund.Provides specific requirements for recording retention, data collection and reporting. as conditions of receiving grants under the Act.Removes a provision requiring applications for grant money to be made prior to January 1, 2011.Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides an exemption from the crime of eavesdropping for the use of officer-worn body cameras and in-car video cameras where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963.Provides that upon completion of any stop involving a frisk or search, and unless impractical, impossible, or under exigent circumstances, the officer shall provide the person with a stop receipt which provides the reason for the stop and contains the officer's name and badge number. This provision does not apply to searches or inspections for compliance with the Fish and Aquatic Life Code, the Wildlife Code, the Herptiles-Herps Act, or searches or inspections for routine security screenings at facilities or events. Amends the Unified Code of Corrections.Provides that beginning January 1, 2016, the Department of State Police shall quarterly report on the status of the processing of forensic biology and DNA evidence submitted to the Department of State Police Laboratory for analysis. The report shall be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly, and shall be posted on the Department of State Police website.Provides that the Department of State Police shall obtain, implement, and maintain an Electronic Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), to efficiently and effectively track all evidence submitted for forensic testing.Increases the additional fine assessed on convicted defendants in criminal and traffic cases to $15 (from $10), increases the portion of that additional fine going to the Law Enforcement Camera Grant Fund to $3 (from $1).Amends the Freedom of Information Act to make conforming changes.Amends various other Acts to make conforming changes.Makes the Section creating the Commission on Police Professionalism effective upon becoming law.House Floor Amendment No. 2For purposes of the disclosure of an officer-worn body camera recording under the Freedom of Information Act of a subject of the police encounter, provides that the subject of the encounter does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy if the subject was arrested as a result of the encounter. Also provides that in this disclosure provision, that the term "witness" does not include a person who is a victim or who was arrested as a result of the encounter. Provides an immediate effective date for provisions amending the Use Tax Act, the Service Use Tax Act, the Service Occupation Tax Act, and the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Makes technical changes and corrections.
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