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SB21-174: Policies For Peace Officer Credibility Disclosures

Bill Number: SB21-174
Year: 2021
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: T. Carver/S. Bird/J. Ginal/J. Cooke


The bill requires a law enforcement agency to provide a credibility disclosure notification to a district attorney’s office if a peace officer’s credibility is called into question by an internal investigation, an allegation, or a sustained finding. The bill outlines conduct that a law enforcement agency shall report to a district attorney’s office. The law enforcement agency shall also provide the credibility disclosure notification to the involved peace officer at least 7 calendar days prior to sending the credibility disclosure notification to the district attorney’s office, except under specific circumstances.

The bill requires a district attorney’s office to adopt written policies and procedures for receiving and maintaining credibility disclosure notification records (records) concerning peace officers. A district attorney’s office shall determine whether a record must be created based on a law enforcement agency’s credibility disclosure notification. The policies and procedures must include a process to notify defense attorneys or defendants of a record pursuant to rule 16 of the Colorado rules of criminal procedure, as well as a process to remove a record found to be inaccurate or false by the court or the relevant law enforcement agency.

Current Status:

No Amendments (05/05/2021)
Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2021
Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (06/03/2021)

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