Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Police Act. Provides that persons appointed to be a Department of State Police officer shall, at the time of their appointment, be not less than 21 years of age, or 20 years of age and have successfully completed an associate's degree or 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university (rather than 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university).
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides that persons certified for appointment as State Police officers shall be of good sound mind and body, be of good moral character, be citizens of the United States, have no criminal records, possesses the prerequisites of training and experience (rather than training, education, and experience) as the Department of State Police Merit Board may prescribe, and be required to pass mental and physical tests and examinations prescribed by the Board.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that Department of State Police officers appointed subsequent to successful completion of an associate's degree or 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university must not otherwise be disqualified. Provides that nothing in the provisions concerning the qualifications for appointment as a State Police officer limits the Board's ability to prescribe education prerequisites or requirements to certify Department of State Police officers for promotion as provided in the Act.