Law Enforcement Acts
Act 57 was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on July 14, 2020 and went into effect July 14, 2021. The Act, which amends Title 44, adding Chapter 73, provides for background check requirements by law enforcement agencies hiring law enforcement officers. It also requires law enforcement agencies to report separation information to MPOETC when a law enforcement officer separates from employment.
Act 59 was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on July 14, 2020. The Act amended Title 44, adding Chapter 72 and Title 53, Chapter 21. It requires mental health evaluations for post-traumatic stress disorder for law enforcement officers following use of deadly force and requires additional training of police officers with respect to the use of force, community and cultural awareness, implicit bias, procedural justice, child abuse, trauma-informed care, and interacting and intervening with individuals and police officers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Act 60 was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on July 11, 2022. The Act amends Title 53, Chapter 21, to include canine training standards for police officers.