Conservators of the peace, special; various changes to laws providing for appointment. (SB495)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Special conservators of the peace. Makes various changes to the laws providing for the appointment of special conservators of the peace, including (i) requiring the Criminal Justice Services Board to establish graduated training standards for special conservators, and in adopting such standards, requiring that the Board seek the advice of the Private Security Services Advisory Board; (ii) removing the limits on the number of hours the Board is able to require for training; (iii) specifying that applications for appointments of special conservators shall be submitted on forms developed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in consultation with the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia; (iv) disallowing persons who have registered on the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry from registering as special conservators; (v) requiring all applicants to register with DCJS, regardless of a person's standing as a law-enforcement officer; (vi) requiring the employer of a special conservator to notify DCJS and the circuit court within 30 days after a person employed as a special conservator has left his position; (vii) requiring the order of appointment to specify the geographic location in which the special conservator will serve; (viii) as of October 1, 2014, disallowing special conservators from using the seal of the Commonwealth or the word "police" on any uniform, badge, credential, or vehicle, except that special conservators employed by a state agency may use the seal of the Commonwealth; and (ix) providing that the circuit court shall retain jurisdiction for four years over any appointment order and may revoke such appointment for good cause. The bill also defines private police department and allows such departments employing officers meeting the compulsory minimum training standards established by the Board as of July 1, 2014 to continue to operate and use the word "police" until July 1, 2015. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101374D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104722D-S1
02/04/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Read second time
02/05/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104722D-S1
02/05/2014Reading of amendment waived
02/05/2014Amendment by Senator Obenshain agreed to
02/05/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB495ES1
02/05/2014Printed as engrossed 14104722D-ES1
02/06/2014Passed by for the day
02/07/2014Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Placed on Calendar
02/12/2014Read first time
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/18/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB495ES1)
02/18/2014Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #1
02/21/2014Continued to 2015 in Militia, Police and Public Safety
12/04/2014Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety