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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 122

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 1109

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

Introduced by:

 

(PS)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING SECURITY AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

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

Section 1. Section 10a-156c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):

Any armed security personnel of any public institution of higher education, independent institution of higher education, as defined in section 10a-173, or armed member of a special police force established under section 10a-156b shall be certified under the provision of sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive.

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 10a-55a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):

(c) (1) On or before October 1, 2007, each institution of higher education and private occupational school, as defined in section 10a-22a, shall have an emergency response plan. On or before October 1, 2007, and annually thereafter, each institution of higher education and private occupational school shall submit a copy of its emergency response plan to [(1)] (A) the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and [(2)] (B) local first responders. Such plan shall be developed in consultation with such first responders and shall include a strategy for notifying students and employees of the institution or school and visitors to such institution or school of emergency information.

(2) On or before January 1, 2018, and every five years thereafter, each institution of higher education and private occupational school shall (A) conduct a safety and security audit of every campus of such institution or school to determine the safety and security characteristics of each campus and any building or structure located thereon, and (B) submit a copy of such safety and security audit to the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2016

10a-156c

Sec. 2

October 1, 2016

10a-55a(c)

Statement of Purpose:

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 (2) each institution of higher education and private occupational school to conduct a safety and security audit every five years.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]