Finally a bill has been introduced that is guaranteed to help protect the citizens! This bill will fix a problem we have had here in Shelby County since at least 2002. This bill requires that a shurf have some experience in his or her chosen field. Now, that's a novel idea! Think about it, if our shurf had actually been a cop, maybe he wouldn't have taken money from convicts. Maybe he would have known what authority he had to make arrests in all of Shelby County. Maybe he wouldn't have thought we "can't arrest our way out of crime." And he might not even say stupid stuff like, " a taser can be a lethal weapon."
I hope this bill gets passed this year. It is another one of those "common sense" bills.
HB1537 by *Bass. (*SB1744 by *Ketron.)
Sheriffs - Requires any candidate for sheriff to have five or more years experience in law enforcement; existing sheriffs are grandfathered-in. - Amends TCA Title 8.
Fiscal Summary for HB1537 / *SB1744
Bill Summary for HB1537 / *SB1744
This bill adds to the present law qualifications that are required for election or appointment to the office of sheriff by requiring at least five years' experience as either a member of the state highway patrol or a POST certified law enforcement officer, or comparable certification in another state. The experience requirement added by this bill would not apply to any person who is serving in the office of sheriff on July 1, 2007, for so long as the person's service in the office of sheriff is continuous and uninterrupted.
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