43.101.440  <<  43.101.450 >>   43.101.452

Violence de-escalation training (as amended by 2018 c 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940) and 2019 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940)).

(1) Beginning one year after *December 6, 2018, all law enforcement officers in the state of Washington must receive violence de-escalation training. Law enforcement officers beginning employment after *December 6, 2018, must successfully complete such training within the first fifteen months of employment. The commission shall set the date by which other law enforcement officers must successfully complete such training.
(2) All law enforcement officers shall periodically receive continuing violence de-escalation training to practice their skills, update their knowledge and training, and learn about new legal requirements and violence de-escalation strategies.
(3) The commission shall set training requirements through the procedures in RCW 43.101.455.
[2019 c 1 § 3 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2018 c 11 § 3 (Initiative Measure No. 940).]


*Reviser's note: "December 6, 2018" has been substituted for "the effective date of this section." The effective date of 2018 c 11 was June 7, 2018, and the effective date of 2019 c 1 was December 6, 2018. See Eyman v. Wyman, 191 Wn.2d 581, 424 P.3d 1183 (2018).
Short title2018 c 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2019 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940): "This act may be known and cited as the law enforcement training and community safety act." [2019 c 1 § 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2018 c 11 § 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940).]
Intent2018 c 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2019 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940): "The intent of the people in enacting this act is to make our communities safer. This is accomplished by requiring law enforcement officers to obtain violence de-escalation and mental health training, so that officers will have greater skills to resolve conflicts without the use of physical or deadly force. Law enforcement officers will receive first aid training and be required to render first aid, which will save lives and be a positive point of contact between law enforcement officers and community members to increase trust and reduce conflicts. Finally, the initiative adopts a "good faith" standard for officer criminal liability in those exceptional circumstances where deadly force is used, so that officers using deadly force in carrying out their duties in good faith will not face prosecution." [2019 c 1 § 2 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2018 c 11 § 2 (Initiative Measure No. 940).]
Liberal construction2018 c 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2019 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940): "The provisions of this act are to be liberally construed to effectuate the intent, policies, and purposes of this act. Nothing in this act precludes local jurisdictions or law enforcement agencies from enacting additional training requirements or requiring law enforcement officers to provide first aid in more circumstances than required by this act or guidelines adopted under this act." [2019 c 1 § 8 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2018 c 11 § 8 (Initiative Measure No. 940).]
Subject2018 c 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2019 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940): "For constitutional purposes, the subject of this act is "law enforcement."" [2019 c 1 § 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2018 c 11 § 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940).]
Rule making2018 c 11 (Initiative Measure No. 940); 2019 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 940): See note following RCW 43.101.455.
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