OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 299 (File 382, as amended by Senate “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNICATION AMONG THE STATE POLICE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE SHOOTING INCIDENTS AND CERTAIN OTHER INCIDENTS.

SUMMARY:

Beginning October 1, 2013, this bill establishes a framework for disseminating information on incidents involving numerous victims or casualties to police statewide. The bill allows the chief or superintendent of the police department in the municipality where any such incident occurs or, where there is no local police department, the State Police troop commander having jurisdiction over the municipality, to notify the emergency services and public protection (DESPP) commissioner of the incident. It requires the commissioner, in turn, using any means he deems appropriate, to notify all of the state's local police departments and state police troops of the incident, where and when it occurred, and any other information he deems appropriate to disseminate.

By October 1, 2013, the bill requires DESPP, in conjunction with the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, to adopt a written policy about the type of information that must be disseminated and method of disseminating it.

*Senate Amendment “A” replaces the underlying bill, which required DESPP to use the state-wide police emergency radio network to notify police departments of shooting incidents involving multiple victims and allowed the commissioner to adopt implementing regulations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

22

Nay

1

(03/19/2013)