HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Governor Tom Wolf signed two police reform bills into law at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Tuesday morning.
“We have made progress in the last six weeks but are far from the finish line,” said Wolf.
HB 1841 requires an officer’s employment history to be disclosed.
It also establishes a searchable database, which departments are required to use to research any potential hires.
HB 1910 adds more training on use of force, and makes an officer undergo a mental health exam after any use of force incident.
Legislators worked with law enforcement officials on these bills, both pieces of legislation have received support from the PA State Troopers Association.
The Governor was surrounded by lawmakers, advocates and law enforcement officers as he signed the bills into law.
“We look forward to working with our law enforcement partners to improve police services offered to the citizens and visitors of the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Paris of the Pennsylvania State Police.
“Today is significant in the history of Pennsylvania and certainly hopeful for many who feel unheard in our Commonwealth and throughout the nation,” said Rep. Dan Williams.
The Governor’s Office is calling these bills an “important first step in achieving the vital reforms that Gov. Wolf and Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth have called for in recent weeks.”
Some speakers at the signing event discussed legislation about potential next steps, including banning chokeholds and creating a public data base of use of force violations.
The legislation received bipartisan support in the legislature. They came after weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd.
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