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Substitute House Bill No. 5443

Public Act No. 04-147

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 7-294m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(1) The Police Officer Standards and Training Council established under section 7-294b, in conjunction with the office of the Chief State's Attorney and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, and (2) the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the office of the Chief State's Attorney, shall provide instruction on the subject of new legal developments which affect police policies and practices concerning the investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal matters, each year to the chief law enforcement officer of each municipality and any person designated by [him] such officer to serve in such capacity in [his] such officer's absence. Each such officer may be given credit for such course of instruction toward the certified review training required by subsection (a) of section 7-294d, as amended. Such training program shall be named "The John M. Bailey Seminar on New Legal Developments Impacting Police Policies and Practices".

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 54-33a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(c) A warrant may issue only on affidavit sworn to by the complainant or complainants before the judge or judge trial referee and establishing the grounds for issuing the warrant, which affidavit shall be part of the arrest file. If the judge or judge trial referee is satisfied that grounds for the application exist or that there is probable cause to believe that they exist, the judge or judge trial referee shall issue a warrant identifying the property and naming or describing the person, place or thing to be searched. The warrant shall be directed to any police officer of a regularly organized police department or any state [policeman] police officer, to an inspector in the Division of Criminal Justice or to a conservation officer, special conservation officer or patrolman acting pursuant to section 26-6, as amended. The warrant shall state the date and time of its issuance and the grounds or probable cause for its issuance and shall command the officer to search within a reasonable time the person, place or thing named, for the property specified. The inadvertent failure of the issuing judge or judge trial referee to state on the warrant the time of its issuance shall not in and of itself invalidate the warrant.

Approved May 21, 2004