Criminal Justice Services, Department of; training standards, community engaged policing. (SB59)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Criminal Justice Services training standards; community engaged policing. Expands the responsibilities of the Department of Criminal Justice Services regarding community policing by requiring the compulsory training standards for basic training and recertification of law-enforcement officers to include fair and impartial policing, verbal de-escalation, and needs of special populations. The bill changes the term "community policing" to "community engaged policing." Read the Bill »


01/17/2018: Failed to Pass in Committee


11/30/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101237D
11/30/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2018Continued to 2019 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB105.


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.