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Substitute Bill No. 122

    February Session, 2016

 

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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. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than October 1, 2016, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council established under section 7-294b of the general statutes, in consultation with the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, shall develop a model policy that (1) provides training standards for armed security personnel who are not certified under the provisions of sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive, of the general statutes, and are employed by an independent institution of higher education, as defined in section 10a-173 of the general statutes, and (2) identifies instructors who are qualified to provide training to such armed security personnel.

(b) On and after July 1, 2017, any independent institution of higher education that employs armed security personnel who are not certified under the provisions of sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive, of the general statutes shall require such armed security personnel to complete training that meets or exceeds the requirements of the model policy developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(c) On and after July 1, 2017, and every two years thereafter, such independent institution of higher education shall submit a report to the Police Officer Standards and Training Council concerning compliance with and enforcement of such model policy.

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 Subsection (c) of section 10a-55a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):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

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

October 1, 2016

10a-55a(c)

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Joint Favorable Subst.