Save Lives and Protect Communities by Preventing the Rehiring of Police Officers with Records of Misconduct

All too often, when police officers found to have abused their position or mistreated the public are forced out of one department, they are rehired by another one. By preventing police departments from hiring officers who were previously fired or resigned while being investigated for serious misconduct or excessive force, the Public Safety Through Hiring Act will save lives, improve public safety and reduce police wrongdoing.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Who does this help?
This bill helps everyone by reducing the number of lawbreakers on police forces, and increasing the incentive for all members of police forces not to commit misconduct.
Is this high cost for the state government?
No. This law would be incorporated into existing hiring practices, and would save money over time by reducing the myriad costs that emanate from police misconduct.
  • Police reform advocates
  • Racial justice advocates
  • Localities that want to improve policing
  • Police departments that depend on a pipeline of officers with records of misconduct
  • Those working to excuse police misconduct and excessive force
Model Policy
This act shall be known as the Public Safety Through Hiring Act
To prevent the hiring of police officers with disciplinary records in order to address police brutality.

(a) No law enforcement unit shall hire any person as a police officer who was previously employed as a police officer by any unit or in any other jurisdiction and who:
(i) was fired due to past or ongoing disciplinary infractions or during the process of misconduct investigations, or
(ii) resigned or retired due to past or ongoing disciplinary infractions, or during the process of misconduct investigations.
(b) Any law enforcement unit that has knowledge that any former police officer of such unit who (1) (A) was dismissed for malfeasance or other serious misconduct, or (B) resigned or retired from such officer’s position while under investigation for such malfeasance or other serious misconduct; and (2) is an applicant for the position of police officer with any other law enforcement unit, shall inform such other unit of such dismissal, resignation or retirement.
(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any police officer who is exonerated of each allegation against such officer of such malfeasance or other serious misconduct in the disciplinary process undertaken in the law enforcement unit in which the police officer served at the time of the allegation.