Law-enforcement officers; grounds for decertification, DCJS authorized to waive requirements. (HB2121)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond), and Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement officers; grounds for decertification. Provides that no person who becomes a law-enforcement officer on or after July 1, 2013, may have been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to a Class 1 misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, any sex offense, or any domestic assault. Additionally, any certified law-enforcement officer who has been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to any such crime shall be decertified by the Criminal Justice Services Board.

The bill additionally requires a sheriff, chief of police, or agency administrator to notify the Criminal Justice Services Board in writing when any certified law-enforcement officer or jail officer who is currently employed is convicted of or pleads guilty or no contest to certain crimes. Notice is also required when a law-enforcement officer or jail officer resigns or is terminated in advance of a pending drug screening or conviction of an offense that requires decertification. Upon receiving notice, the Criminal Justice Services Board shall decertify such officer. The bill provides that lack of notification shall not prohibit the Criminal Justice Services Board from decertifying an officer who has been found to have committed a certain crime or who has not maintained compliance with mandated training standards.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102159D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2013Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/24/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/25/2013Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Committee substitute printed 13104539D-H1
01/28/2013Read first time
01/29/2013Passed by for the day
01/30/2013Read second time
01/30/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104539D-H1
01/30/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2121H1
01/31/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2013Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/12/2013Reported from Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2121ER)
02/21/2013Signed by Speaker
02/21/2013Signed by President
03/13/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 307 (effective 7/1/13)
03/13/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0307)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.