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Millett's Police Officer Oversight Bill Signed into law (HB 186)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Representative Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, released the following statement today after Governor Parnell signed her House Bill 186 into law. House Bill 186 amends the state’s definition of a police officer from “a full-time employee” to “an employee.” The law requires that now all police officers are subject to background checks and review by the Alaska Police Standards Council.

“I truly thank the Governor and my colleagues in the House and Senate for passing a measure that makes a real impact on our communities,” Millett said. “This legislative success was a collaborative effort with stakeholder groups and state agencies providing valuable insight. We can never take for granted that all of our officers of the law, in all parts of Alaska, need to meet the same basic threshold of competence and upstanding character. Requiring the Police Standards Council to certify all police officers tells Alaskans dwelling in villages, towns and cities that, regardless of where they live, they can expect fair dispensation of justice from those sworn to protect us.”

House Bill 186 takes effect July 15.

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