CHAPTER 55

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 2

AS AMENDED BY

HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 11 AND 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TRAINING ON SEXUAL ASSAULT.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 84, Title 11 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline and redesignating accordingly as follows:

§ 8404 Powers and duties.

(a) The Council may:

(5) Prescribe standards for in-service or continued training of police officers, which shall include at least 2 hours every 4 years on the detection, prevention and prosecution of sexual assault for all police officers who perform uniformed patrol duties or are assigned to investigative units responsible for sex crimes, and which training shall be conducted on a staggered basis so that half of the eligible members of any law enforcement or police organization receive said training in each two year period;

§ 8405. Mandatory training; exceptions.

(d) A component of training for all persons enrolled in an approved school shall be a course in the detection, prosecution and prevention of sexual assault. Such evidence-based training shall be victim-centered, and trauma-informed.

Section 2.  Amend § 2505, Title 29 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

§ 2505. Chief Deputy, State Solicitor, State Prosecutor, assistants, special assistants and law clerks.

(k) The Attorney General shall ensure that any assistant or special assistant regularly assigned to the prosecution of criminal or delinquency cases alleging a sexual offense as that term is defined at 11 Del. C. §761, including all lawyers assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit, shall receive at least 4 hours every 3 years of specialized training in the prosecution of sexual assault. Such evidence-based training shall be victim-centered and trauma-informed, and shall include education on mandatory reporting requirements under state and federal law, and shall be provided by the National College of District Attorneys or any other appropriate organization approved by the Attorney General.

Approved June 30, 2015