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SB 1331: Domestic Violence - Lethality Assessments

When does SB 1331 become law?

What does SB 1331 require of law enforcement agencies and POST?

  • The only addition to PC13519 is: (6) The assessment of lethality or signs of lethal violence in domestic violence situations.
  • It does NOT require local law enforcement agencies to a Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), but would, “provide peace officers with some of the information and tools that form the basis for the Maryland LAP” (Source: Assembly Committee on Public Safety, June 12, 2018)
  • It does amend PC 13519 (relating to the training of peace officers in the handling of domestic violence complaints).
    • This affects LD 25 (Domestic Violence) in the RBC
    • This affects all peace officers below the rank of supervisor who would normally respond to domestic violence complaints (subsection g).
  • The bill “requires the course (DV, DV update, LD25) to include the assessment of lethality or signs of lethal violence in situations” (Source: Senate Committee on Public Safety, April 17, 2018)
  • The bill only effects agencies who currently have a POST-certified domestic violence or domestic violence update course. If you do have a POST-certified domestic violence course, POST will provide course content necessary to meet SB 1331 in the near future. 

NOTE: The ICI Domestic Violence Investigators’ course has been addressing lethality factors for many years. It can be found in Section 7.4, and a Danger Assessment Checklist in Section 6.1. They also offer assessment “tools” (forms) to guide the investigator to ask the appropriate questions during a victim interview. The number of annual ICI attendees equates to less than 5% of the total number of peace officers in California. Therefore, there is a need to amend existing in-service domestic violence, domestic violence update, and RBC LD25 courses (Requal and Modulars).

Existing POST Certified Domestic Violence Courses (Do they contain LAP?)

 

Course Number

 Course Title

Y/N

1

32345

Domestic Violence/1st Responder

N

2

32436

Officer Involved Domestic Violence

N

3

32349

Negotiations for Domestic Violence

N

5

32343

Domestic Violence Update

N

6

32415

Domestic Violence (ICI)

Y

9

23750

Domestic Violence

N

10

 27170

Telecourse – Domestic Violence

N

11

 32348

Domestic Violence Documentation

N

12

 32418

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

N

13

 30926

Dispatcher Domestic Violence

N

14

 30919

Dispatch/Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault

N

15

 32419

Domestic Violence Update/101 for Law Enforcement

N

16

 32420

Domestic Violence/Best Practices

N

17

 32421

Domestic Violence Update/Victimology & Trauma

N

18

 32422

Domestic Violence Update/Investigation & Orders

N

19

 22499

COP/Ending Domestic Violence

N

20

 32345

Domestic Violence/1st Responder

N

21

 10510

Domestic Violence/Telecomm Manager

N

22

 24480

Telecon – Domestic Violence

N

23

 25580

Domestic Violence: It’s Your Call 1 (Web)

?

24

 25581

Domestic Violence: It’s Your Call 2 (Web)

?

25

 25583

Domestic Violence Response (Web)

?

Resources

Recommendations

POST issued Bulletin 2019-04, providing information, resources, and a copy-paste version of the required course content that presenters can insert into their existing course curricula. POST also provided a sample lethality assessment tool that agencies can use as a template when developing their assessment tool. Download the assessment tool. These solutions will comply with the intent of the law and add about 20-30 minutes to the existing curricula.