View Amendment Current Amendment: 1 to Bill 173 Reps. COBB-HUNTER, WEEKS and McEACHERN propose the following Amendment No. 1 to S. 173 (COUNCIL\CZ\173C001.NBD.CZ17):

Reference is to Printer's Date 4/26/17-H.

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by inserting an appropriately numbered SECTION to read:

/      SECTION       .      Section 23-23-80 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 225 of 2014, is further amended to read:

     "Section 23-23-80.      The South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council is authorized to:
     (1)      receive and disburse funds, including those hereinafter provided in this chapter;
     (2)      accept any donations, contributions, funds, grants, or gifts from private individuals, foundations, agencies, corporations, or the state or federal governments, for the purpose of carrying out the programs and objectives of this chapter;
     (3)      consult and cooperate with counties, municipalities, agencies, or official bodies of this State or of other states, other governmental agencies, and with universities, colleges, junior colleges, and other institutions, concerning the development of police training schools, programs, or courses of instruction, selection, and training standards, or other pertinent matters relating to law enforcement;
     (4)      publish or cause to be published manuals, information bulletins, newsletters, and other materials to achieve the objectives of this chapter;
     (5)      make such regulations as may be necessary for the administration of this chapter, including the issuance of orders directing public law enforcement agencies to comply with this chapter and all regulations so promulgated;
     (6)      certify and train qualified candidates and applicants for law enforcement officers and provide for suspension, revocation, or restriction of the certification, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the council;
     (7)      require all public entities or agencies that employ or appoint law enforcement officers to provide records in the format prescribed by regulation of employment information of law enforcement officers; and
     (8)      provide by regulation for mandatory continued training of certified law enforcement officers, this training to be completed within each of the various counties requesting this training on a regional basis; and
     (9)      provide by regulation for mandatory continued training of certified law enforcement officers to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma and stress related disorders in other officers. The council is also authorized to establish a mechanism to recommend participation in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program (SC LEAP) for officers involved in an incident resulting in death or serious bodily injury. The council must provide by regulation that participation in the SC LEAP program must not be considered in employment decisions."            /


/ SECTION       .      Section 23-3-65 of the 1976 code is amended to read:

Section 23-3-65.      The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division shall administer the South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program (SC LEAP). The purpose of this program includes, but is not limited to, responding to and providing counseling services to all requesting law enforcement agencies and departments in the State which have experienced deaths or other tragedies involving law enforcement officers or other employees as well as providing counseling services to law enforcement officers experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma and stress related disorders, and providing any other critical incident support services for all South Carolina law enforcement agencies and departments upon their request. The SC LEAP may also utilize local critical incident support service providers including, but not limited to chaplains, mental health professionals, and law enforcement peers. In consultation with the professional staff of the SC LEAP and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Chaplains' Association, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy shall develop a course of training for the critical incident stress debriefing and peer support team.            /

Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.