Senate File 260 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to background investigations for certification
2or recertification as a law enforcement officer.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  80B.17A  Background investigation
2prior to certification or recertification.
   31.  For purposes of this section, “moral turpitude” is
4defined as an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the
5private and social duties which a person owes to another person
6or to society in general, and includes conduct that is contrary
7to justice, honesty, or good morals.
   82.  All law enforcement officers shall be certified through
9the successful completion of training at an approved law
10enforcement training facility. Prior to enrollment in a
11certifying training program, all law enforcement officers shall
12be of good moral character as determined through a thorough
13background investigation and shall not have been convicted
14of any felony or a crime or adjudication involving moral
15turpitude, including but not limited to any of the following:
   16a.  A misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in
17section 724.26, subsection 2, paragraph “c”, or other offenses
18of domestic violence.
   19b.  An adjudication of delinquency based on conduct that
20would constitute a felony if committed by an adult.
   21c.  Any sex crime or crime listed in chapter 709.
   22d.  Any crime committed as an adult that resulted in being
23listed on the sex offender registry.
   24e.  An adjudication of delinquency based on conduct that
25would constitute a crime if committed by an adult that resulted
26in being listed on the sex offender registry.
   27f.  Any crime involving child abuse as defined in section
28232.68, subsection 2, resulting in placement in the central
29registry as a case of founded child abuse under section
30232.71D.
   313.  All law enforcement officers seeking recertification
32shall be subject to a background investigation as provided in
33subsection 2.
34EXPLANATION
35The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
-1-1the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   2This bill relates to background investigations for
3certification or recertification as a law enforcement officer.
   4The bill provides that prior to enrollment in a certifying
5training program, all law enforcement officers shall be of good
6moral character as determined through a thorough background
7investigation and shall not have been convicted of any felony
8or a crime or adjudication involving moral turpitude. The bill
9defines “moral turpitude” as an act of baseness, vileness,
10or depravity in the private and social duties which a person
11owes to another person or to society in general, and includes
12conduct that is contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals.
   13The bill provides that a crime or adjudication involving
14moral turpitude includes but is not limited to any of the
15following: offenses of domestic violence; an adjudication of
16delinquency based on conduct that would constitute a felony if
17committed by an adult; any sex crime or crime listed in Code
18chapter 709 (sexual abuse); any crime committed as an adult
19that resulted in being listed on the sex offender registry;
20an adjudication of delinquency based on conduct that would
21constitute a crime if committed by an adult that resulted
22in being listed on the sex offender registry; or any crime
23involving child abuse.
   24The bill provides that law enforcement officers seeking
25recertification shall be subject to the same background
26investigation.
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