Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-122

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING SECURITY AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

Vote Date:

3/15/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/1/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill seeks to require:

(1) Any armed security personnel of any independent institution of higher education to be certified by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, and

Substitute language (LCO 3145):

The substitute language states that January1, 2018 and every five years thereafter, each institution of higher education, must do an internal audit and submit a copy of the School Safety plan to the Commissioner of DESPP.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Dora, Schriro, CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, submitted written testimony supporting this bills intent to require all armed school security officers at private institutions of higher education to be POST certified. She also supports the safety and security audits being done every five years.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Jennifer Widness, CT Conference of Independent Colleges, submitted written testimony opposing this bill. Some concerns are the costs associated, time to train, and the issue of maintaining a sworn police force. The bill requires all armed personnel at independent institution to be P.O.S.t certified and to maintain this certification you must main continuous employment as a sworn police officer. If the bill passes unsworn public safety officials could no longer be armed. We ask for more time and consider revising the bill for a study to occur over the next nine months.

Edgar Rodriquez, Quinnipiac University, submitted written testimony that he opposes this bill and would like to see a further study on this matter to be completed. The bill would eliminate the ability of our armed public safety personal to respond to any act of violence occurring on any of our three campuses.

Sean Bradbury, CSCU, submitted written testimony agreeing that the periodic safety and security audits are laudable but the CSCU system performed a risk assessment audit in 2014 and they are currently developing a strategy from that risk assessment. He believes another study would create a financial hardship on CSCU given the tough financial times in the State faces.

Reported by: Pamela Bianca

Date: 3\18\2016