Text: H.R.7136 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 7136

   To require the creation and adoption of national minimum training 
              requirements for law enforcement personnel.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              June 8, 2020

 Mr. Pocan (for himself and Mrs. Hayes) introduced the following bill; 
          which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
   To require the creation and adoption of national minimum training 
              requirements for law enforcement personnel.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Police Training and Accountability 
Act''.

SEC. 2. LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENT AND STANDARDS.

    (a) Training Requirement.--The Civilian Commission on Modern Law 
Enforcement Training shall establish a single national training 
requirement every law enforcement officer in America should, at 
minimum, meet before being permitted to perform the duties of a law 
enforcement officer.
    (b) Training Standards.--The training requirement established 
pursuant to this section shall be uniform and include, at minimum, 
standards pertaining to--
            (1) a minimum level of education attainment (while not 
        prohibiting high school graduates from employment consideration 
        for entry-level positions);
            (2) a minimum number of training hours;
            (3) use of force;
            (4) use of lethal force;
            (5) implicit bias;
            (6) conflict resolution, mediation, and de-escalation 
        practices;
            (7) pursuit;
            (8) video technology;
            (9) stop and search procedures; and
            (10) intervention programs.

SEC. 3. ADOPTION OF TRAINING STANDARDS REQUIRED.

    Any employer of a law enforcement officer who has not completed 
training satisfying the requirements of section 2 of this Act shall be 
ineligible for any Federal funds made available by the Edward Byrne 
Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

SEC. 4. CIVILIAN-LAW ENFORCEMENT BILL OF RIGHTS.

    The Civilian Commission on Modern Law Enforcement Training 
established by this Act shall issue a Civilian-Law Enforcement Bill of 
Rights describing the rights every person has when interacting with law 
enforcement. This Bill of Rights shall be adhered to by every recipient 
of an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program award.

SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
     (a) The term ``law enforcement officer'' means any officer, agent, 
or employee of the Federal Government, a State, a unit of local 
government, or an Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government 
agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or 
investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to 
supervise sentenced criminal offenders.
    (b) The term ``Civilian Commission on Modern Law Enforcement 
Training'' means an independent commission established pursuant to this 
Act within the Department of Justice that consists of persons without a 
history of military or law enforcement employment. Members of the 
Commission shall be equally appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House 
of Representatives and the majority leader of the U.S. Senate.
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