Conservators of the peace, special; orders of appointment. (HB2369)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Berg (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Police forces of the Commonwealth; private security services businesses; private police departments; special conservators of the peace; campus police departments. Makes numerous changes to the Code involving private police, including (i) providing that any Secretary of the Governor may, upon approval of the Governor, establish a police force of the Commonwealth to secure property or the peace upon the grounds and buildings of public property under the cognizance of such Secretary; (ii) requiring the Criminal Justice Services Board to establish compulsory minimum entry-level, in-service, and advanced training standards for special conservators of the peace; (iii) removing the cap on training hours required for special conservators of the peace; (iv) defining "private police department"; (v) providing that any locality may, by ordinance, establish one or more private police departments; (vi) requiring the Department of Criminal Justice Services to provide eligibility authorization to prospective special conservator of the peace appointees prior to their appointment by a circuit court; (vii) requiring a circuit court to grant an application for a special conservator of the peace upon finding that a preponderance of the evidence exists to show a necessity for the security of property or the peace and indicate that the qualifications of the prospective appointee are consistent with the authority and powers sought for the prospective appointee; (viii) requiring the order of appointment for a special conservator of the peace to specify whether the appointee is appointed as a conservator of the peace, in which case he will have the power to make arrests in any case within the geographical limits of his appointment, or for the purpose of code enforcement, in which case he will have the power to effect misdemeanor arrests and issue summonses for violations of misdemeanors and local ordinances; (ix) providing that a law-enforcement officer may pursue any person who escapes or attempts to flee such officer who is attempting to detain him based on the reasonable suspicion that the person has committed or is about to commit a crime; (x) providing that a person who falsely identifies himself to a special conservator of the peace is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor; (xi) requiring that private campus police departments and their officers maintain surety bonds or liability insurance; (xii) providing that private campus police departments shall not conduct asset forfeiture activities or private policing services for  third-party entities; (xiii) establishing special conservators of the peace and campus police officers as mandatory reporters for child abuse; and (xiv) providing that the training requirements for special conservators of the peace established by the Criminal Justice Services Board subsequent to the passage of this bill shall substantially conform to specific recommendations of any duly authorized study commission authorized by the General Assembly on the subject of training for special conservators of the peace. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/23/2015Presented and ordered printed 15103493D
01/23/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/28/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/04/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2369)
02/05/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/06/2015Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Committee substitute printed 15104853D-H1
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Floor substitute printed 15104941D-H2 (Berg)
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute rejected 15104853D-H1
02/09/2015Substitute by Delegate Berg agreed to 15104941D-H2
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB2369H2
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (99-Y 1-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/18/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2369H2)
02/23/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Committee substitute printed 15105448D-S1
02/24/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Passed by for the day
02/24/2015Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Read third time
02/25/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105448D-S1
02/25/2015Passed by for the day
02/26/2015Read third time
02/26/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2369S1
02/26/2015Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Placed on Calendar
02/26/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105448D-S1 (6-Y 90-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: REJECTED (6-Y 90-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Senate insisted on substitute (36-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2015House acceded to request
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2015Delegates: Berg, Campbell, Sullivan
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2015Senators: Norment, Garrett, Howell
02/27/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2015Passed by temporarily
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by House (85-Y 9-N)
02/27/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (85-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2369ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2369ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/26/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 602 (effective 7/1/15)
03/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0602)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.



When did the word "public" convert to "private" property interests?