Lawmaker wants police disciplinary files public

Jan 10, 2019

Rep. Paul Berch (D-Westmoreland) is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would open some disciplinary records in a police officer’s personnel file to the public.

Confidentiality for police personnel files

If a police officer is convicted of a crime, that criminal record is public.  

Misconduct by a police officer might not rise to the level of a criminal conviction, however.  In those cases, there are still disciplinary records in the officer’s personnel file.  Those disciplinary records are not open to the public.

S 756 (2018)

Makes various reforms to the criminal justice system, such as mandating de-escalation training for correctional officers, improving feminine hygiene for prisoners, and adding more leniency to sentences for non-violent offenders.

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