House Speaker Andy Tobin appointed Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-District 23, as the chairman of the newly created House Ad Hoc Committee on Law Enforcement Certification. This committee will address matters the Legislature attempted to resolve with the consideration of Senate Bill 1433 (cities; towns; police functions; revocation).

SB 1433 created a mechanism to remedy issues created by the recurring professional deficiencies of municipal police officers. It would have given operational control of a municipal police department to the county sheriff for five years if they met the following criteria: the revocation of 50 percent or more of police officer certifications within a specified time period by the Arizona Peace Officers Standard and Training Board (AZPOST) and a majority of the County Board of Supervisors voting to assume control of the agency.

In the spirit of the legislation, the committee will compare law enforcement agency and peace officer certification standards and procedures in other states; examine whether police agencies should be certified by the AZPOST; review the current process for peace officer certification; valuate the current criteria for peace officer de-certification by AZPOST; consider other methods for law enforcement agency regulation and assess the powers and duties of the AZPOST.

The committee will be comprised of three members of the House of Representatives with no more than two from each party. The committee members will submit a report containing its findings and recommendations for legislation to the Speaker of the House on or before Dec. 1.

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