Bill to Remove Barriers to law Enforcement Case Work Passes First Committee

Denver – In a victory for commonsense law enforcement reform, Senator John Cooke (R-Greeley) unanimously passed Senate Bill 17-115 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 115 unties the hands of law enforcement personnel who, in the performance of their duties, are required to possess and view sexually explicit material.

Under current law, only peace officers are permitted to possess and view sexually explicit material. SB 115 expands verified personnel to include computer forensic examiners, crime analysts, lawyers, and other law enforcement personnel who obtain and review sexually sensitive materials.

"Current law impedes criminal investigations into sexual crimes in which law enforcement seeks to protect and provide justice for some of our state's most vulnerable populations," said Cooke. "By expanding the verified personnel who may possess sexually explicit materials, we can not only help ensure that law enforcement officials are given the tools to swiftly serve justice, but also keep those officials safe from prosecution in the execution of their duties."

Senate Bill 115 now moves on to a vote of the Committee of the Whole.

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