Delaware House committee advances police accountability and transparency bills

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two bills aimed at greater transparency and public accountability in cases alleging misconduct by police officers have cleared a Democrat-led House committee.

One measure discussed Wednesday targets the current confidentiality provisions in Delaware’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, or LEOBOR. Critics say those provisions have been used to shield information from the public regarding officers who have been disciplined for misconduct. The other bill would establish a new Police Officer Standards and Training Commission, which would replace Delaware’s Council on Police Training.  It also requires that every police department in Delaware be accredited by July 2028.

Currently only 21 of Delaware’s 52 police departments meet that standard.

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