Law-enforcement officer; definition includes municipal park rangers. (HB376)

Introduced By

Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Definition of law-enforcement officer; municipal park rangers. Requires sworn municipal park rangers to be certified through completion of training at an approved criminal justice training academy. The bill authorizes sworn municipal park rangers to access criminal history record information for the purposes of the administration of criminal justice and the screening of an employment application. The bill provides that any sworn municipal park ranger who is a conservator of the peace pursuant to 19.2-12 shall be considered a law-enforcement officer or member of a law-enforcement agency for the purposes of (i) execution and issuance of warrants; (ii) exemption from regulations in certain situations; (iii) obtaining criminal record information; (iv) use of flashing blue warning lights; (v) possession of controlled substances, including marijuana, in the performance of their duties; (vi) penalties for eluding a law-enforcement officer; (vii) penalties for obstruction of justice; (viii) penalties for false reporting; and (ix) penalties for resisting arrest. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102863D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2016Impact statement from VCSC (HB376)
02/09/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB376)
02/16/2016Left in Courts of Justice