Bill Text: VA SB669 | 2022 | Regular Session | Comm Sub

Bill Title: Law-enforcement employees; alleged wrongdoing.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2022-03-08 - Left in Courts of Justice [SB669 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2022-SB669-Comm_Sub.html
(Proposed by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
on February 14, 2022)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Surovell)
A BILL to amend and reenact §9.1-600 of the Code of Virginia, relating to alleged wrongdoing of law-enforcement employees.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §9.1-600 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§9.1-600. Civilian protection in cases of police misconduct; minimum standards.

A. State, local, and other public law-enforcement agencies, which that have ten 10 or more law-enforcement officers, shall have procedures as established in subsection B, allowing citizen submission of complaints regarding the conduct of the law-enforcement agency, law-enforcement officers in the agency, or employees of the agency.

B. Law-enforcement agencies shall ensure, at a minimum, that in the case of all written complaints or complaints submitted in an electronic format:

1. The general public has access to the required forms and information concerning the submission of complaints, including the posting of such forms and information on the agency's website, if such website exists;

2. The law-enforcement agency assists individuals in filing complaints and allows individuals to submit such complaints through the agency's website, if such website exists, or other electronic format;

3. The law-enforcement agency provides a receipt or written acknowledgment confirming the submission of the complaint to the individual filing such complaint along with a summary of his rights under this section;

4. The law-enforcement agency provides a written response to any individual who has filed a complaint upon the resolution of such complaint indicating that the complaint was finalized;

5. The law-enforcement agency provides notice to any individual who has filed a complaint if an investigation into a previously filed complaint has been reopened upon the submission of new materials after a final resolution for the previously filed complaint has been reached; and

6. Adequate records are maintained of the nature and disposition of such cases.

The provisions of subdivisions 3, 4, and 5 shall not apply to any anonymous complaints filed in accordance with this section.