The purpose of the Best Practices in Policing Study is to provide members of the Colorado General Assembly, local government elected officials, and law enforcement agencies with a report featuring evidence-based, community-focused policing practices and policies that have proven effective elsewhere in the nation. In 2021, the General Assembly passed House Bill 21-1250, which allocates funds for the Division of Local Government (DLG) to "contract with a nationally recognized research and consulting entity that is an expert in data-driven, evidence-based policing that is community-focused, for an independent study to assess and provide a report and findings on evidence-based policing national best practices in defined areas of study." An interim report is scheduled for delivery on December 30, 2021 and the final report will be delivered to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on July 1, 2022.
House Bill 21-1250 provides for a Study Advisory Committee appointed by the Colorado House and Senate leadership. The Committee will meet periodically during the Study period to remain informed as to progress and provide comment. Based on study findings, the Committee may make recommendations to the General Assembly for future legislation or to law enforcement agencies suggesting changes in local policy.
Committee Meeting Notes