"...By June 1, 2005, every agency shall adopt and implement a written  policy on domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by sworn  employees of the agency..."

 

CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6161

Passed Washington State Legislature

2004 Regular Session 

State of Washington     
58th Legislature      
2004 Regular Session

By Senate Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Senators Regala, McCaslin, Franklin, Brandland, B. Sheldon, Esser, Spanel, Winsley, Rasmussen, Kastama, Kohl-Welles, Shin, Haugen, Keiser, Hargrove, Kline, Doumit, Eide, Fraser, Jacobsen, Benton, Oke, Brown, Murray and McAuliffe)

READ FIRST TIME 01/23/04. 

AN ACT Relating to general authority Washington law enforcement  agencies adopting policies addressing domestic violence committed or allegedly  committed by general authority Washington peace officers; amending RCW 10.99.020;  adding a new section to chapter 10.99 RCW; and creating new sections.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

{+ NEW SECTION. +}  Sec. 1
.  The legislature reaffirms its  determination to reduce the incident rate of domestic violence.  The  legislature finds it is appropriate to help reduce the incident rate of  domestic violence by addressing the need for improved coordination and  accountability among general authority Washington law enforcement agencies  and general authority Washington peace officers when reports of domestic  violence are made and the alleged perpetrator is a general authority  Washington peace officer.  The legislature finds that coordination and  accountability will be improved if general authority Washington law  enforcement agencies adopt policies that meet statewide minimum  requirements for training, reporting, interagency cooperation,  investigation, and collaboration with groups serving victims of domestic  violence.  The legislature intends to provide maximum flexibility to  general authority Washington law enforcement agencies, consistent with the  purposes of this act, in their efforts to improve coordination and  accountability when incidents of domestic violence committed or allegedly  committed by general authority Washington peace officers are reported.

Sec. 2.  RCW 10.99.020 and 2000 c 119 s 5 are each amended to read as  follows:

     Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in  this section apply throughout this chapter.

     (1) {+ "Agency" means a general authority Washington law enforcement  agency as defined in RCW 10.93.020.

     (2) "Association" means the Washington association of sheriffs and  police chiefs.

     (3) +} "Family or household members" means spouses, former spouses,  persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been  married or have lived together at any time, adult persons related by blood  or marriage, adult persons who are presently residing together or who have  resided together in the past, persons sixteen years of age or older who  are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past  and who have or have had a dating relationship, persons sixteen years of  age or older with whom a person sixteen years of age or older has or has  had a dating relationship, and persons who have a biological or legal  parent-child relationship, including stepparents and stepchildren and  grandparents and grandchildren.

            (({- (2) -})) {+ (4) +} "Dating relationship" has the same  meaning as in RCW 26.50.010.

            (({- (3) -})) {+ (5) +} "Domestic violence" includes but is  not limited to any of the following crimes when committed by one family or  household member against another:

     (a) Assault in the first degree (RCW 9A.36.011);

     (b) Assault in the second degree (RCW 9A.36.021);

     (c) Assault in the third degree (RCW 9A.36.031);

     (d) Assault in the fourth degree (RCW 9A.36.041);

     (e) Drive-by shooting (RCW 9A.36.045);

     (f) Reckless endangerment (RCW 9A.36.050);

     (g) Coercion (RCW 9A.36.070);

     (h) Burglary in the first degree (RCW 9A.52.020);

     (i) Burglary in the second degree (RCW 9A.52.030);

     (j) Criminal trespass in the first degree (RCW 9A.52.070);

     (k) Criminal trespass in the second degree (RCW 9A.52.080);

     (l) Malicious mischief in the first degree (RCW 9A.48.070);

     (m) Malicious mischief in the second degree (RCW 9A.48.080);

     (n) Malicious mischief in the third degree (RCW 9A.48.090);

     (o) Kidnapping in the first degree (RCW 9A.40.020);

     (p) Kidnapping in the second degree (RCW 9A.40.030);

     (q) Unlawful imprisonment (RCW 9A.40.040);

     (r) Violation of the provisions of a restraining order, no-contact  order, or protection order restraining or enjoining the person or  restraining the person from going onto the grounds of or entering a  residence, workplace, school, or day care, or prohibiting the person from  knowingly coming within, or knowingly remaining within, a specified  distance of a location (RCW 10.99.040, 10.99.050, 26.09.300, 26.10.220,  26.26.138, 26.44.063, 26.44.150, 26.50.060, 26.50.070, 26.50.130,  26.52.070, or 74.34.145);

     (s) Rape in the first degree (RCW 9A.44.040);

     (t) Rape in the second degree (RCW 9A.44.050);

     (u) Residential burglary (RCW 9A.52.025);

     (v) Stalking (RCW 9A.46.110); and

     (w) Interference with the reporting of domestic violence (RCW  9A.36.150).

    
(({- (4) -})) {+ (6) "Employee" means any person currently employed with  an agency.

     (7) "Sworn employee" means a general authority Washington peace  officer as defined in RCW 10.93.020, any person appointed under RCW  35.21.333, and any person appointed or elected to carry out the duties of  the sheriff under chapter 36.28 RCW.

     (8) +} "Victim" means a family or household member who has been  subjected to domestic violence.


{+ NEW SECTION. +}  Sec. 3.  A new section is added to chapter 10.99  RCW to read as follows:

     (1) By December 1, 2004, the association shall develop a written  model policy on domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by  sworn employees of agencies.  In developing the policy, the association  shall convene a work group consisting of representatives from the  following entities and professions:

     (a) Statewide organizations representing state and local enforcement  officers;

     (b) A statewide organization providing training and education for  agencies having the primary responsibility of serving victims of domestic  violence with emergency shelter and other services; and

     (c) Any other organization or profession the association determines  to be appropriate.

     (2) Members of the work group shall serve without compensation.

     (3) The model policy shall provide due process for employees and, at  a minimum, meet the following standards:

     (a) Provide prehire screening procedures reasonably calculated to  disclose whether an applicant for a sworn employee position:

     (i) Has committed or, based on credible sources, has been accused of  committing an act of domestic violence;

     (ii) Is currently being investigated for an allegation of child abuse  or neglect or has previously been investigated for founded allegations of  child abuse or neglect; or

     (iii) Is currently or has previously been subject to any order under  RCW 26.44.063, this chapter, chapter 10.14 or 26.50 RCW, or any equivalent  order issued by another state or tribal court;

     (b) Provide for the mandatory, immediate response to acts or  allegations of domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by a  sworn employee of an agency;

     (c) Provide to a sworn employee, upon the request of the sworn  employee or when the sworn employee has been alleged to have committed an  act of domestic violence, information on programs under RCW 26.50.150;

     (d) Provide for the mandatory, immediate reporting by employees when  an employee becomes aware of an allegation of domestic violence committed  or allegedly committed by a sworn employee of the agency employing the  sworn employee;

     (e) Provide procedures to address reporting by an employee who is the  victim of domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by a sworn  employee of an agency;

     (f) Provide for the mandatory, immediate self-reporting by a sworn  employee to his or her employing agency when an agency in any jurisdiction  has responded to a domestic violence call in which the sworn employee  committed or allegedly committed an act of domestic violence;

     (g) Provide for the mandatory, immediate self-reporting by a sworn  employee to his or her employing agency if the employee is currently being  investigated for an allegation of child abuse or neglect or has previously  been investigated for founded allegations of child abuse or neglect, or is  currently or has previously been subject to any order under RCW 26.44.063,  this chapter, chapter 10.14 or 26.50 RCW, or any equivalent order issued  by another state or tribal court;

     (h) Provide for the performance of prompt separate and impartial  administrative and criminal investigations of acts or allegations of  domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by a sworn employee of  an agency;

     (i) Provide for appropriate action to be taken during an  administrative or criminal investigation of acts or allegations of  domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by a sworn employee of  an agency.  The policy shall provide procedures to address, in a manner  consistent with applicable law and the agency's ability to maintain public  safety within its jurisdiction, whether to relieve the sworn employee of  agency-issued weapons and other agency-issued property and whether to  suspend the sworn employee's power of arrest or other police powers  pending resolution of any investigation;

     (j) Provide for prompt and appropriate discipline or sanctions when,  after an agency investigation, it is determined that a sworn employee has  committed an act of domestic violence;

     (k) Provide that, when there has been an allegation of domestic  violence committed or allegedly committed by a sworn employee, the agency  immediately make available to the alleged victim the following  information:

     (i) The agency's written policy on domestic violence committed or  allegedly committed by sworn employees;

     (ii) Information, including but not limited to contact information,  about public and private nonprofit domestic violence advocates and  services; and

     (iii) Information regarding relevant confidentiality policies related  to the victim's information;

     (l) Provide procedures for the timely response, consistent with  chapters 42.17 and 10.97 RCW, to an alleged victim's inquiries into the  status of the administrative investigation and the procedures the agency  will follow in an investigation of domestic violence committed or  allegedly committed by a sworn employee;

     (m) Provide procedures requiring an agency to immediately notify the  employing agency of a sworn employee when the notifying agency becomes  aware of acts or allegations of domestic violence committed or allegedly  committed by the sworn employee within the jurisdiction of the notifying  agency; and

     (n) Provide procedures for agencies to access and share domestic  violence training within their jurisdiction and with other jurisdictions.

     (4) By June 1, 2005, every agency shall adopt and implement a written  policy on domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by sworn  employees of the agency that meet the minimum standards specified in this  section.  In lieu of developing its own policy, the agency may adopt the  model policy developed by the association under this section.  In  developing its own policy, or before adopting the model policy, the agency  shall consult public and private nonprofit domestic violence advocates and  any other organizations and professions the agency finds appropriate.

     (5)(a) Except as provided in this section, not later than June 30,  2006, every sworn employee of an agency shall be trained by the agency on  the agency's policy required under this section.

     (b) Sworn employees hired by an agency on or after March 1, 2006,  shall, within six months of beginning employment, be trained by the agency  on the agency's policy required under this section. 

     (6)(a) By June 1, 2005, every agency shall provide a copy of its  policy developed under this section to the association and shall provide a  statement notifying the association of whether the agency has complied  with the training required under this section.  The copy and statement  shall be provided in electronic format unless the agency is unable to do  so.  The agency shall provide the association with any revisions to the  policy upon adoption.

     (b) The association shall maintain a copy of each agency's policy and  shall provide to the governor and legislature not later than January 1,  2006, a list of those agencies that have not developed and submitted  policies and those agencies that have not stated their compliance with the  training required under this section.

     (c) The association shall, upon request and within its resources,  provide technical assistance to agencies in developing their policies.

{+ NEW SECTION. +}  Sec. 4.  The code reviser shall correct any  cross-references to RCW 10.99.020 that are changed by this act.