CSAO: Judiciary Committee - March 24, 2014 - S.B. No. 461

TESTIMONY OF THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

IN SUPPORT OF:

S.B. NO. 461: AN ACT CONCERNING DUTIES OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION OFFICIALS AS PEACE OFFICERS AND PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO SERVE AS ARMED SECURITY GUARDS IN SCHOOLS

JOINT COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
March 24, 2014

The Division of Criminal Justice supports S.B. No. 461, An Act Concerning Duties of Department of Correction Officials as Peace Officers and Persons Authorized to Serve as Armed Security Guards in Schools.

Specifically, the Division supports Section 1 of the bill, which would amend Section 53a-3 of the General Statutes to include in the definition of “peace officer” employees of the Department of Correction (DOC) “while in performance of the official’s duties on a community assignment or joint law enforcement operation.”

This legislation would further facilitate the participation of Department of Correction employees in the Shooting Task Forces now operating in the Hartford, New Haven and Greater New Britain areas. These task forces are collaborative operations that utilize personnel and resources contributed by a host of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies on the state, municipal and federal levels of government.

Since the early days of the task force, DOC personnel have been an integral and important part of these task forces, which have a demonstrated record of success in helping to reduce shooting-related violence in urban areas. The language of S.B. No. 461 clarifies and facilitates the continued involvement of these dedicated officers.

In conclusion, the Division wishes to publicly thank the Department of Correction and all of our state, federal and municipal partners in the Shooting Task Forces. We also wish to thank the Judiciary Committee for providing this opportunity to offer input on this matter and would be happy to provide any further information or answer any questions the Committee might have.



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