ATLANTA -- The House voted unanimously to require state agencies notify police chiefs and sheriffs when their officers lose state certification to write tickets and make arrests.
Rep. Mack Jackson, D-Sandersville, introduced House Bill 203 to require the notifications after a situation in his district.
Dozens of misdemeanor cases had to be dismissed in Jefferson County when prosecutors learned an officer was no longer certified by the state. Officers can lose certification after being investigated as the subject of a complaint from the public about their professional behavior.
“Because of the law not having a provision that he notify anyone, the solicitor did find out from another source,” Jackson said.
The measure no goes to the Senate.