HB 277: "An Act relating to the Alaska Police Standards Council; relating to the Department of Public Safety; and providing for an effective date."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 277 01 "An Act relating to the Alaska Police Standards Council; relating to the Department of 02 Public Safety; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 18.65.220 is amended to read: 05 Sec. 18.65.220. Powers. The council has the power to 06 (1) adopt regulations for the administration of AS 18.65.130 - 07 18.65.290; 08 (2) establish minimum standards for employment as a police officer, 09 probation officer, parole officer, municipal correctional officer, and correctional 10 officer in a permanent or probationary position and certify persons to be qualified as 11 police officers, probation officers, parole officers, municipal correctional officers, and 12 correctional officers under AS 18.65.130 - 18.65.290; 13 (3) establish minimum criminal justice curriculum requirements for 14 basic, specialized, and in-service courses and programs for schools operated by or for
01 the state or a political subdivision of the state for the specific purpose of training 02 police recruits, police officers, probation officers, parole officers, municipal 03 correctional officers, and correctional officers; the curriculum requirements 04 established under this paragraph must include training in 05 (A) recognizing persons with disabilities; 06 (B) appropriate interactions with persons with disabilities; 07 (C) resources available to persons with disabilities and to those 08 interacting with persons with disabilities; [AND] 09 (D) the requirements of 42 U.S.C. 12131 - 12165 (Title II of 10 the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990); and 11 (E) government-to-government relationships with federally 12 recognized tribes in the state; 13 (4) consult and cooperate with municipalities, agencies of the state, 14 other governmental agencies, universities, colleges, and other institutions concerning 15 the development of police officer, probation officer, parole officer, municipal 16 correctional officer, and correctional officer training schools and programs of criminal 17 justice instruction; 18 (5) employ an administrator and other persons necessary to carry out 19 its duties under AS 18.65.130 - 18.65.290; 20 (6) investigate when there is reason to believe that a police officer, 21 probation officer, parole officer, municipal correctional officer, or correctional officer 22 does not meet the minimum standards for employment; in connection with the 23 investigation the council may subpoena persons, books, records, or documents related 24 to the investigation and require answers in writing under oath to questions asked by 25 the council or the administrator; 26 (7) charge and collect a fee of $50 for processing applications for 27 certification of police, probation, parole, municipal correctional, and correctional 28 officers; 29 (8) require a state and national criminal history record check for an 30 applicant to a training program established in AS 18.65.230 and for a person to be 31 certified as a police officer under AS 18.65.240 if that person's prospective employer
01 does not have access to a criminal justice information system. 02 * Sec. 2. AS 44.41 is amended by adding a new section to read: 03 Sec. 44.41.015. Liaisons for missing and murdered indigenous women. (a) 04 The Department of Public Safety shall employ two persons in the department to act as 05 liaisons between law enforcement agencies and federally recognized tribes and to 06 investigate cases involving missing and murdered indigenous women. 07 (b) Each liaison shall facilitate communication between 08 (1) federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal 09 communities; and 10 (2) federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. 11 * Sec. 3. AS 44.41.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 12 (h) The department shall establish and require state and local law enforcement 13 agencies to use standardized methods for investigating a missing person report 14 involving an indigenous woman. 15 * Sec. 4. Section 1 of this Act takes effect January 1, 2021.