OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6260 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE REGARDING JUVENILES WITH AN INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY.

SUMMARY

This bill requires each police review and basic or field training program conducted or administered on and after January 1, 2018, by the State Police, Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), or a municipal police department, to include techniques for handling incidents, such as wandering, that involve juveniles with autism spectrum disorder or nonverbal learning disorder.

The requirement applies only if the curriculum for such techniques is available at no cost to the Division of State Police from (1) higher education institutions, health care professionals, or advocacy organizations concerned with juveniles who have these disorders or (2) a collaboration of such institutions, professionals, or organizations.

Under existing law, these entities must already provide training to police officers on a range of juvenile matters (see BACKGROUND).

*House Amendment “A” applies the bill to autism spectrum disorder or nonverbal learning disorder, instead of intellectual or developmental disabilities; adds the free curriculum provision; and changes the effective date from January 1, 2018 to October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Police Training Programs on Juvenile Matters

The law requires each State Police basic or field training program to provide at least 27 hours of training on certain juvenile matters and each review program to provide at least one hour of such training. It requires each basic or field training program conducted or administered by POST or a municipal police department to provide at least 14 hours of training and each review program to provide at least one hour of such training. The subjects to be covered in the training are as follows:

1. techniques for handling incidents involving juveniles,

2. information on the processing and disposition of juvenile matters,

3. applicable procedures in the prosecution of cases involving juveniles,

4. information on resources of the state's juvenile justice system,

5. the use of graduated sanctions,

6. techniques for handling trauma,

7. restorative justice practices,

8. adolescent development,

9. risk assessment and screening tools, and

10. emergency psychiatric services.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

25

Nay

0

(03/15/2017)