Private police department; definition. (SB1217)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


 Private police departments. Defines "private police department" as any police department that employs private police officers operated by an entity authorized by statute or an act of assembly to establish a private police department. The bill provides that the authority of a private police department is limited to real property owned, leased, or controlled by the entity and, if approved by the local chief of police or sheriff, any contiguous property. The bill also provides that private police departments and private police officers shall be subject to and comply with the relevant laws and regulations governing municipal police departments and shall meet the minimum compulsory training requirements for law-enforcement officers. The bill provides further that any private police department in existence on January 1, 2013, that was not otherwise established by statute or an act of assembly and whose status as a private police department was recognized by the Department of Criminal Justice Services at that time may continue to operate as a private police department provided it complies with the necessary requirements. The private police departments so recognized by the Department are the Aquia Harbor Police Department, the Babcock and Wilcox Police Department, the Bridgewater Airpark Police Department, the Carilion Police and Security Services Department, the Kings Dominion Park Police Department, the Kingsmill Police Department, the Lake Monticello Police Department, the Massanutten Police Department, and the Wintergreen Police Department. The bill contains an emergency clause. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/14/15 15102661D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1217)
01/19/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1217)
01/21/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2015Committee substitute printed 15104082D-S1
01/22/2015Incorporates SB939
01/23/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2015Passed by for the day
01/23/2015Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Read second time
01/26/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/26/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104082D-S1
01/26/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1217S1
01/27/2015Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Placed on Calendar
01/30/2015Read first time
01/30/2015Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1217S1)
02/06/2015Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/12/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/13/2015Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Read second time
02/17/2015Read third time
02/17/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2015Engrossed by House as amended
02/17/2015Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Passed by temporarily
02/19/2015House amendments agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1217ER)
02/24/2015Signed by Speaker
02/25/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1217ER)
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1217ER)
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/16/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 224 (effective 3/16/15)
03/16/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0224)