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Substitute House Bill No. 5273
Public Act No. 07-151

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General
Assembly convened:
Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2007) Not later than January 1,
2008, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council shall develop
and implement a policy concerning the acceptance of missing person
reports by law enforcement agencies in this state and such agencies'
response thereto. Such policy shall include, but not be limited to,
guidelines for the acceptance of a missing person report, the types of
information that a law enforcement agency should seek to ascertain
and record concerning the missing person that would aid in locating
the missing person, the circumstances that indicate that a missing
person is a high risk missing person, the types of information that a
law enforcement agency should provide to the person making the
missing person report, a family member or any other person in a
position to assist the law enforcement agency in its efforts to locate the
missing person and the responsibilities of a law enforcement agency in
responding to a missing person report and the manner of such
Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 7-294d of the general statutes is
repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from
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(a) The Police Officer Standards and Training Council shall have the
following powers:
(1) To develop and periodically update and revise a comprehensive
municipal police training plan;
(2) To approve, or revoke the approval of, any police training school
and to issue certification to such schools and to revoke such
(3) To set the minimum courses of study and attendance required
and the equipment and facilities to be required of approved police
training schools;
(4) To set the minimum qualifications for law enforcement
instructors and to issue appropriate certification to such instructors;
(5) To require that all probationary candidates receive the hours of
basic training deemed necessary before being eligible for certification,
such basic training to be completed within one year following the
appointment as a probationary candidate, unless the candidate is
granted additional time to complete such basic training by the council;
(6) To require the registration of probationary candidates with the
academy within ten days of hiring for the purpose of scheduling
(7) To issue appropriate certification to police officers who have
satisfactorily completed minimum basic training programs;
(8) To require that each police officer satisfactorily complete at least
forty hours of certified review training every three years in order to
maintain certification, unless the officer is granted additional time not
to exceed one year to complete such training by the council;
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(9) To renew the certification of those police officers who have
satisfactorily completed review training programs;
(10) To establish uniform minimum educational and training
standards for employment as a police officer in full-time positions,
temporary or probationary positions and part-time or voluntary
(11) To visit and inspect police basic training schools and to inspect
each school at least once each year;
(12) To consult with and cooperate with universities, colleges and
institutes for the development of specialized courses of study for
police officers in police science and police administration;
(13) To consult with and cooperate with departments and agencies
of this state and other states and the federal government concerned
with police training;
(14) To employ an executive director, an unclassified executive
secretary and any other personnel that may be necessary in the
performance of its functions;
(15) To perform any other acts that may be necessary and
appropriate to carry out the functions of the council as set forth in
sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive;
(16) To accept contributions, grants, gifts, donations, services or
other financial assistance from any governmental unit, public agency
or the private sector;
(17) To conduct any inspection and evaluation that may be
necessary to determine if a law enforcement unit is complying with the
provisions of this section;
(18) At the request and expense of any law enforcement unit, to
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conduct general or specific management surveys;
(19) To develop objective and uniform criteria for granting any
waiver of regulations or procedures established by the council;
(20) To recruit, select and appoint candidates to the position of
probationary candidate, as defined in section 7-294a, and provide
recruit training for candidates of the Connecticut Police Corps
program in accordance with the Police Corps Act, 42 USC 14091 et
seq., as amended from time to time;
(21) To develop, adopt and revise, as necessary, comprehensive
accreditation standards for the administration and management of law
enforcement units, to grant accreditation to those law enforcement
units that demonstrate their compliance with such standards and, at
the request and expense of any law enforcement unit, to conduct such
surveys as may be necessary to determine such unit's compliance with
such standards;
(22) To appoint any council training instructor, or such other person
as determined by the council, to act as a special police officer
throughout the state as such instructor or other person's official duties
may require, provided any such instructor or other person so
appointed shall be a certified police officer. Each such special police
officer shall be sworn and may arrest and present before a competent
authority any person for any offense committed within the officer's
Approved June 19, 2007
Connecticut Amber Alert Plan

How a CT AMBER Alert Works

Once law enforcement responds to the scene and obtains a description of the child, abductor and vehicle, this information is immediately reported to the Connecticut State Police Message Center and recorded on an audio Alert Message. The emergency message is immediately broadcast to all radio and television stations across the state through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). This is the same alert used during severe weather emergencies.
The goal of the AMBER Alert System is to instantly notify the entire state, so everyone may assist in the search for the safe return of the child. The public immediately becomes the ears and eyes of law enforcement and can assist in the search for the missing child.
In the event that you see someone fitting the description of the child, adult, or vehicle from the AMBER Alert, immediately call 911. Provide authorities with as much information as possible.
The AMBER Alert helps to recover children and serves as a deterrent to this type of crime.

During an AMBER Alert, the Connecticut Lottery will:
• Send an immediate text message to 2,800 Lottery retailers statewide.
• Retailers will print and post copies of the Alert message in their store.
• The Alert message will be re-broadcast to retailers every half-hour for the first ninety minutes.
• The Alert message will continue to be sent every hour after that, for up to five hours.
• The Alert information will also be displayed on 300 Lottery Electronic Message Units statewide.

The Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003, otherwise known as the PROTECT Act, gives law-enforcement authorities valuable tools to deter, detect, investigate, prosecute, and punish crimes committed against children; strengthens laws against child *advertiser censored*; and addresses deficiencies in federal sentencing policies and practices. Provisions that relate specifically to missing or abducted children include an increase in the base-offense level for kidnapping; a mandatory 20-year sentence for an offender whose kidnapping victim is a nonfamily-member minor; attempt liability for international parental kidnapping; Suzanne's Law, which requires each federal, state, and local law-enforcement agency to enter information about missing children younger than the age of 21 into the FBI's NCIC database; America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert provisions calling for the national coordination of state and local AMBER Alert programs, including the appointment of a national AMBER Alert coordinator3 and the development of guidelines for the issuance and dissemination of AMBER Alerts; a Code ADAM program that requires designated authorities for public buildings to establish procedures for locating a child who is missing in the building;4 and making the statute of limitations for crimes involving the abduction of a child the life of the child.
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