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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Law Affects Certain Police Investigations

The Illinois General Assembly recently enacted the "Law Enforcement Criminal Sexual Assault Investigation Act" that will impact local police departments in Illinois.  

P.A. 100-515 requires all law enforcement agencies (including municipal police departments) to adopt a written policy regarding the investigation of criminal sexual assaults involving officers employed by the agency or department. The Act also establishes certain requirements for these investigations, including that each investigation be conducted by at least 2 investigators who have completed a state approved training program. The investigators cannot be employed by the law enforcement agency that employs the officer being investigated, although the state police and Chicago are exempt from this particular limitation. 

All Illinois police departments should make sure they have a policy in place prior to the effective date of this new law, which is January 1, 2018.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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