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 Mandatory Police Training: CGS 7-294m. (formerly Sec. 7-294j.)

John M. Bailey Seminar on Instruction Re New Legal 

Developments Which Concern Police Policies and Practices






The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Field Services Training Division in conjunction with the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association has scheduled three identical mandatory training sessions on the above topic from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Police Academy, 285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, CT.  


The classes are as follows:


Session 1. Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Session 2. Thursday, September 11, 2014

Session 3. Tuesday, September 30, 2014


In June 1993 the general Assembly passed, and the Governor signed into law, a public act amending Section 7-294j of the General Statutes, which previously required instruction be given to all Police Managers relative to New Legal Developments Concerning Police Policies and Practices.




In summary the General Statute requires:

That instruction shall be provided on the subject of new legal developments which affect police policies and practices concerning the investigation, detection, and prosecution of criminal matters, each year to the Chief law enforcement officer of each municipality and any person designated by such officer to serve in such capacity in such officer’s absence. Each such officer may be given credit for such course of instruction toward the certified review training required by subsection (a) of section 7-294d. Such training program shall be named “The John M. Bailey Seminar on New Legal Developments Impacting Police Policies and Practices”.

The following are the changes to note:

  1. The requirement that there be TWO sessions each year has ended.  The number of sessions will be determined yearly by the Chief State's Attorney.  A single session may suffice.
  2. The minimum number of hours being specified as FOUR has been removed.  Each session shall last as long as is deemed necessary to impart the new information.  
  3. The persons REQUIRED to attend this training are now LIMITED to a very few identifiable people.  In most cases that is the Chief of Police and the second-in- command.  In any law enforcement unit which has more than one second-in-command (e.g. two deputy chiefs or a unit in which the Chief of Police and his second-in-command go on vacation simultaneously) any individual who would be designated to serve in the absence of the Chief.  Any questions on who must attend may be directed to the Director of Field Services Training Division POSTC. 
  4. Finally, the training given shall be creditable toward the standard sixty (60) hour review training requirement for all police officers.  Training shall be credited toward the "Police and the Law" requirement of at least seven (7) hours every three years. 

The session will focus on: new public acts and the latest decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Courts which have direct impact on police work.  The training will be instructed by the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and others as identified.


Enrollment for this seminar is unlimited and no confirmations will be sent.  Please complete the registration form and forward to the attention of Barbara Fullenwiley by email at or fax (203) 238-6119.  The deadline date is August 13, 2013.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan E. Rainville, Director at 203-427-2621.


Police Personnel who successfully complete this seminar will receive Review Training Credit as follows: Curriculum Area II: Police and the Law, 2.5 hours.


The Police Officer Standards and Training Council Uniform Dress Code, (POSTC General Notice #90-03), will be in effect.


There is no tuition for this training.  Coffee break refreshments will be available for a small fee for participants.


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