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762Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20010621Primary Sponsor: ReeseAll Sponsors: ReeseDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\skb\18646cm01.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: Public Safety Department Director may appoint as State Deputies retired or former certified S.C. law enforcement officerHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20010621 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND TITLE 23, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, BY ADDING CHAPTER 30 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF STATE DEPUTIES BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Title 23 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 23-30-10. The Director of the Department of Public Safety may appoint as State Deputies retired or former certified law enforcement officers from this State or any other state whose law enforcement officer certification requirements meet or exceed the requirements for this state's certification.
Section 23-30-20. A State Deputy must:
(1) successfully complete the legal portion of this state's requirement for law enforcement certification;
(2) qualify at least once every two years to operate an approved firearm that he carries with a qualifying score that at least meets the minimum required firearms qualifying score required for a law enforcement officer in this State;
(3) have normal vision and hearing, or correctable vision and hearing within normal standards;
(4) pass a SLED criminal background investigation; and
(5) successfully complete at least twenty hours of continuing education classes or in-service training in law enforcement courses each year while serving as a State Deputy.
Section 23-30-30. A State Deputy:
(1) shall possess all privileges and immunities as a certified law enforcement officer;
(2) is empowered to enforce municipal, county, and state laws, regulations, and ordinances; and
(3) is empowered to make arrests for crimes committed in his presence, and assist other law enforcement and emergency personnel with the performance of their duties when a State Deputy's assistance is needed or requested by a law enforcement officer or emergency service personnel.
Section 23-30-40. A State Deputy may carry or maintain in his immediate access a handgun or other weapons approved by the director.
Section 23-30-50. A State Deputy shall serve without compensation."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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