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2020 "Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity" act

On June 19, 2020, this act was signed into law and requires many policy changes to be effective July 1, 2023, including:[1]

Body-Worn Cameras

The law requires all local law enforcement agencies and the Colorado state patrol officers to use body-worn cameras.

Reporting Requirements

The law requires that reports be filed with the states for use of force resulting in death or serious injury, officer resignation while under investigation, information on police contacts, and unannounced entries.

Officer Decertification

Requires the state to revoke an officers certification when they are convicted of unlawful use of physical force or failure to intervene when another officer is using unlawful force.

Responses to Protests or Demonstrations

The law regulates the manner of use for kinetic impact projectiles and chemical agents during protests.

Qualified Immunity

The law allows for civil proceedings to be brought against officers for civil rights violations, and denies the use of qualified immunity in such cases.

Use of Force

The law creates a new use of force standard by limiting the use of physical force, limiting the use of deadly force when force is authorized, and prohibiting a peace officer from using a chokehold.

Mandatory Intervention

The law requires a peace officer to intervene when another officer is using unlawful physical force and requires the intervening officer to file a report regarding the incident.

Officer Reporting

Effective January 1, 2022, the act requires the P.O.S.T. board to create and maintain a database containing information related to an officers, untruthfulness, inability to follow training, decertification, and termination for cause.

  1. SB20-217 Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity, Colorado General Assembly, 2020-06-19