OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 122

AN ACT CONCERNING SECURITY AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), in consultation with the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, to develop a model training policy for armed security guards who are employed by independent institutions of higher education and not POST-certified. The policy must provide training standards for such guards and identify qualified instructors. Starting July 1, 2017, the institutions must (1) require those guards not certified by POST to complete training that meets or exceeds the model policy's requirements and (2) submit a report to POST every two years on their compliance with and enforcement of the policy.

Starting by January 1, 2018, the bill also requires all higher education institutions and private occupational schools to conduct a safety and security audit of their campuses and campus buildings and structures every five years. They must submit copies of the audits to the emergency services and public protection commissioner.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage for the training policy and October 1, 2016 for the security audits.

BACKGROUND

Independent Institution of Higher Education

An “independent institution of higher education” is a nonprofit institution that (1) awards degrees, (2) has its main campus in Connecticut, (3) is not included in the Connecticut system of public higher education, and (4) does not primarily prepare students for religious vocation (CGS 10a-173).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

25

Nay

0

(03/15/2016)