PA 17-166—sHB 6260

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR STATE AND LOCAL POLICE REGARDING JUVENILES WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER OR NONVERBAL LEARNING DISORDER

SUMMARY: This act requires training for state and local police to include techniques for handling incidents, such as wandering, that involve juveniles with autism spectrum disorder or nonverbal learning disorder, provided the curriculum for such techniques is available at no cost to the 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.

The techniques must be included in each 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 municipal police departments.

Under existing law, police training must already cover a range of juvenile matters (see BACKGROUND).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Police Training Programs on Juvenile Matters

Existing 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 such training and each review program to provide at least one hour of such training. Among other things, the training must include (1) techniques for handling incidents involving juveniles, (2) applicable procedures in the prosecution of cases involving juveniles, and (3) information on the processing and disposition of juvenile matters.