Biased policing; training standards. (HB1034)

Introduced By

Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Biased policing; training standards. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to include, in its (i) training standards and model policies, (ii) compulsory training standards for basic training and recertification of law-enforcement officers, and (iii) operating procedures, guidelines, and standards for community policing intended to ensure sensitivity to and awareness of cultural diversity and the potential for biased policing, the recognition of implicit biases in interacting with persons who have a mental illness, substance abuse disorder, or developmental disability. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104688D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2018Referred from Courts of Justice
01/19/2018Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/23/2018Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1034)
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (6-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


ACLU-VA Police Practices, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this and other legislation seeking to add to or expand training offered to or required of certified law enforcement personnel in Virginia. Given the number of these proposals and concerns expressed by many about competencies of law enforcement with respect to recognizing and addressing implicit bias, and interacting with people of different cultures, races and abilities, it may well be time for JLARC or the Crime Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the training required of certified law enforcement officers in Virginia.