Law-Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act; includes deputy sheriffs under coverage. (HB100)

Introduced By

Del. David Poisson (D-Sterling) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Danny Bowling (D-Oakwood), Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act; definitions. Includes deputy sheriffs under the coverage of the Law-Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/17/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 082330688
12/17/2007Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/12/2008Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Timothy Watson writes:

Doesn't this violate the whole principle of constitutionally elected officers (sheriff)?

Buddy writes:

I strongly support the passage of HB100. It prevents sheriffs from terminating or otherwise disciplining their deputies without conducting a reasonably fair investigation.

If this bill does impact a sheriff's ability to hire and fire at will, so be it. Law enforcement has entered an age where competition to qualified officers is cutthroat -- and it takes significant education, specialized training, and experience to make a great cop. Don't let some overzealous sheriff fire such an asset to his community based on a hotheaded decision.

The bottom line is that the modern deputy is called upon to be a professional, and to perform the same task as a police officer. Let's afford them the same protections that police officers have enjoyed for years.