REMOTE — Last session, Colorado led the country in police reform and made significant changes to policing in our state. Colorado law enforcement is still implementing the required changes in Senate Bill 20-217, which will be fully implemented in 2023.
As law enforcement has begun implementing different portions of Senate Bill 217, the wording in some sections has led agencies to interpret things differently. With House Bill 21-1250, we were hoping to see clarifications to SB 217 to ensure the law is being implemented uniformly throughout the state.
But that’s not what we got. Instead of providing clarification and a better understanding of 217, we got new and confusing changes about what law enforcement is and is not supposed to do. Some of the changes would require law enforcement to stop training already being delivered pursuant to SB 217 and completely revise curriculum to correspond to the new mandates in HB 21-1250.
The bill creates new Use of Force mandates, reporting requirements, broader body worn camera requirements and changes to civil liability. These changes create confusion, not clarity.
Law enforcement in Colorado is committed to increasing transparency, communication and positive relationships with the people we serve. That’s why we have supported legislative efforts that will strengthen our communities. But doing this work requires clarity. We remain committed to working with legislators to amend HB 1250.