HB 1457

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to youth custody officers; amending s.
3985.2075, F.S.; authorizing a youth custody officer to
4take a youth into custody if the officer has probable
5cause to believe that the youth has escaped from a
6facility operated by or under contract with the Department
7of Juvenile Justice or has absconded from the supervision
8of the department; authorizing the youth custody officer
9to file certain criminal charges and gather evidence for
10court; revising a provision concerning an officer
11informing local law enforcement agencies of his or her
12activities; providing an effective date.
14Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
16     Section 1.  Section 985.2075, Florida Statutes, is amended
17to read:
18     985.2075  Youth custody officer.--
19     (1)  There is created within the department of Juvenile
20Justice the position of youth custody officer. The primary
21duties of each youth custody officer shall be to take youth into
22custody if the officer has probable cause to believe that the
23youth has violated the conditions of probation, home detention,
24conditional release, or postcommitment probation, or has failed
25to appear in court after being properly noticed. The authority
26of the youth custody officer to take youth into custody is
27specifically limited to this purpose.
28     (2)  A youth custody officer who, while in the performance
29of his or her duties, takes a youth into custody for any reason
30specified in subsection (1) and has probable cause to believe
31that the youth has committed violations of criminal law, may
32file the appropriate criminal charges and gather evidence for
33prosecution. Each youth custody officer is subject to and shall
34have the same arrest and other authority provided for law
35enforcement officers generally in chapter 901, including s.
36901.15, and shall have statewide jurisdiction. Such officers
37have full law enforcement powers granted to other peace officers
38of this state, including the authority to make arrests, carry
39firearms, serve court process, and seize contraband and the
40proceeds of illegal activities.
41     (3)(2)  A youth custody officer must meet the minimum
42qualifications for employment or appointment, be certified under
43chapter 943, and comply with the requirements for continued
44employment required by s. 943.135. The department of Juvenile
45Justice must comply with the responsibilities provided for an
46employing agency under s. 943.133 for each youth custody
48     (4)(3)  A youth custody officer should shall inform
49appropriate local law enforcement agencies of his or her
50activities under this section.
51     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2006.

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