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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)

NOTE: ICI 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

U.S. Department of Justice, National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), authored “Police Departments’ Use of Lethality Assessment Program (pdf),” 2014. [This document contains all of the necessary amendment content for a Bulletin]

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, maintains the website, Lethality Assessment Program.

Senate Committee on Public Safety hearing agenda (pdf), hearing held April 17, 2018.

Assembly Committee on Public Safety bill analysis, hearing date June 12, 2018.

Recommendations

POST will issue a Bulletin, providing information, resources, and a copy-paste version of the required course content that presenters can insert into their existing course curricula. POST will also provide a sample lethality assessment tool that agencies can use as a template when developing their assessment tool. This solution will comply with the intent of the law, add about 20-30 minutes to the existing curricula, and provide a resolution that could be in place by January 1, 2019.