Lt. Governor Zuckerman’s Statement on the Expansion of the Criminal Justice Training Council

24 June 2020

Today the Senate voted unanimously to approve another important criminal justice bill.

“The Criminal Justice Training Council has been extremely lacking in diversity of views and disconnected from community needs and perspective,” said Lt. Governor Zuckerman. “By shifting the make-up to include the Director of Racial Equity, the Commissioner of Mental Health, a representative familiar with domestic and sexual violence, as well as one from the Human Rights Commission, and three appointees who have no connection to the police or elected office, the Council will have a wider lens to evaluate their work. The diversification and expansion of member perspectives is a meaningful first step and important as this Council manages the training protocol for law enforcement. We need to keep improving how we write these bills to include the voices of those most impacted from the beginning.”

S.124 increases accountability and citizen oversight of law enforcement.

It also prohibits law enforcement agencies from sending officers to the Police Academy if the agency is not in compliance with roadside stop data collections or the policies required under the Council chapter (such as those relating to fair and impartial policing and tasers).

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