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SB22-145

Resources To Increase Community Safety

Concerning measures to provide resources to increase community safety, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subject:
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The bill establishes 3 new grant programs within the division of criminal justice (division) in the department of public safety:

  • A multidisciplinary crime prevention and crisis intervention grant program to award grants to law enforcement, other local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribes, community-based organizations , and third-party membership organizations or administrators to identify high-crime areas and to implement crime prevention and intervention strategies in those areas;
  • A law enforcement workforce recruitment, retention, and tuition grant program to award grants to law enforcement agencies to address workforce shortages, increase the number of people being trained for law enforcement positions, and improve training, through enhanced curriculum, including mental health training, and improve relationships between law enforcement and impacted communities ; and
  • A state's mission for assistance in recruitment and training (SMART) policing grant program to increase the number of P.O.S.T.-certified and non-certified law enforcement officers who are representative of the communities they police and provide training for those additional law enforcement officers.

The bill directs the executive director of the department of public safety to establish policies and procedures and create advisory committees consisting of diverse members to review applications and make recommendations on who should receive grants and the amount of the grants.

The bill requires the division to host a statewide forum facilitated by a national criminal justice organization to solicit suggestions on crime prevention measures related to the grant programs.

The bill requires the division to create a project management team to coordinate grant programs.

The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate money for the grant programs in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 fiscal years, for the statewide forum in the 2022-23 fiscal year, and for the project management team in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 fiscal years. The bill appropriates from the general fund:

  • $300,000 to the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety to implement the bill;
  • $7.5 million to the multidisciplinary crime prevention and intervention grant fund;
  • $3.75 million to the law enforcement workforce recruitment, retention, and tuition grant fund; and
  • $3.75 million to the SMART policing grant fund.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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