Florida Senate - 2021 CS for CS for SB 1530 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Criminal Justice; and Senator Book 576-04676-21 20211530c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to victims of sexual offenses; 3 creating s. 154.012, F.S.; requiring counties to 4 establish sexual assault response teams; providing for 5 duties, membership, and technical assistance; 6 requiring teams to promote the use of sexual assault 7 forensic examiners meeting certain requirements; 8 amending s. 943.17, F.S.; requiring the Criminal 9 Justice Standards and Training Commission, in 10 consultation with the Florida Council Against Sexual 11 Violence, to establish minimum standards for basic and 12 advanced career development training programs for law 13 enforcement officers that include a culturally 14 responsive trauma-informed response to sexual assault; 15 requiring every basic skills course for law 16 enforcement officers to include certain training by a 17 specified date; creating s. 943.1724, F.S.; requiring 18 the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission 19 to incorporate a culturally responsive trauma-informed 20 response to sexual assault into a certain course 21 curriculum; requiring each certified law enforcement 22 officer to successfully complete a specified number of 23 hours of training on sexual violence and interviewing 24 of sexual assault victims and investigations of 25 alleged sexual assault within a specified timeframe; 26 providing requirements for current law enforcement 27 officers; providing an effective date. 28 29 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 30 31 Section 1. Section 154.012, Florida Statutes, is created to 32 read: 33 154.012 Sexual assault response teams; membership; duties.— 34 (1) The health department in every county in this state, or 35 its designee, shall participate in the local sexual assault 36 response team coordinated by the certified rape crisis center 37 serving the county if such a team exists. If a local sexual 38 assault response team does not exist, the certified rape crisis 39 center serving the county may coordinate with community partners 40 to establish a local or a regional team. The purpose of the 41 sexual assault response team is to ensure a coordinated 42 multidisciplinary response to sexual violence. 43 (2) Each team shall develop a written protocol to govern 44 the team’s response to sexual assault which includes: 45 (a) The role and responsibilities of each team member. 46 (b) Procedural issues regarding the immediate crisis and 47 health care and law enforcement responses and follow-up services 48 provided to a victim. 49 (c) Procedures for the preservation, secure storage, and 50 destruction of evidence from a sexual assault evidence kit, 51 including length of storage, site of storage, and chain of 52 custody. 53 (d) Procedures for maintaining the confidentiality of the 54 victim regarding the forensic medical examination. 55 (3) Membership of each team shall be determined by the 56 certified rape crisis center in collaboration with community 57 partners. At a minimum, membership should include the following 58 persons or their designees: 59 (a) The director of the local certified rape crisis center; 60 (b) A representative from the county health department; 61 (c) The state attorney; 62 (d) The chief of police; 63 (e) The county sheriff; 64 (f) Forensic sexual assault nurse examiners; and 65 (g) A representative from local hospital emergency 66 departments. 67 (4) The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence shall 68 provide technical assistance relating to the development and 69 implementation of the teams. 70 (5) Each team shall promote and support the use of 71 qualified sexual assault forensic examiners who have 72 successfully completed a minimum of 40 hours of specialized 73 training in the provision of trauma-informed medical care and in 74 the collection of evidence for sexual assault victims. 75 Section 2. Subsection (7) is added to section 943.17, 76 Florida Statutes, to read: 77 943.17 Basic recruit, advanced, and career development 78 training programs; participation; cost; evaluation.—The 79 commission shall, by rule, design, implement, maintain, 80 evaluate, and revise entry requirements and job-related 81 curricula and performance standards for basic recruit, advanced, 82 and career development training programs and courses. The rules 83 shall include, but are not limited to, a methodology to assess 84 relevance of the subject matter to the job, student performance, 85 and instructor competency. 86 (7) The commission, in consultation with the Florida 87 Council Against Sexual Violence, shall establish minimum 88 standards for basic and advanced career development training 89 programs for law enforcement officers that include a culturally 90 responsive trauma-informed response to sexual assault. After 91 July 1, 2022, every basic skills course required for law 92 enforcement officers to obtain initial and continuing education 93 certification must include training on culturally responsive 94 trauma-informed interviewing of sexual assault victims and 95 investigations of alleged sexual assaults. 96 Section 3. Section 943.1724, Florida Statutes, is created 97 to read: 98 943.1724 Training on sexual assault.— 99 (1) The commission shall incorporate a culturally 100 responsive trauma-informed response to sexual assault into the 101 course curriculum required for a law enforcement officer to 102 obtain initial certification. 103 (2) Each law enforcement officer must successfully complete 104 training on sexual violence and interviewing and investigations 105 of sexual assault victims, with an emphasis on culturally 106 responsive trauma-informed interviewing of sexual assault 107 victims and alleged sexual assault investigations as a part of 108 the basic recruit training, as required under s. 943.13(9), 109 training required under s. 943.131(4)(a), or as a part of 110 continuing training or education required under s. 943.135(1), 111 before July 1, 2024. If an officer fails to complete the 112 required training, his or her certification must be placed on 113 inactive status until the employing agency notifies the 114 commission that the officer has completed the training. 115 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.