2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
February 18, 2021 - Introduced by Senators Wanggaard, L. Taylor, Darling,
Cowles, Feyen, Jacque and Roys, cosponsored by Representatives Spiros,
Armstrong, Bowen, Brandtjen, Moses and Rozar. Referred to Committee on
Judiciary and Public Safety.
1An Act to amend
66.0511 (2); and
66.0511 (4) of the statutes; relating
2to: law enforcement agency policies on the use of force.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law requires each law enforcement agency to have a publicly available
policy regulating the use of force by law enforcement officers. This bill requires each
such policy to provide the instances in which a use of force must be reported, how to
report a use of force, and a requirement that officers who engage in or observe a
reportable use of force must report it. This bill also prohibits disciplining a law
enforcement officer for reporting a violation of an agency's policy or standard
regarding the use of force.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
66.0511 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0511 (2) Use of force policy.
Each person in charge of a law enforcement 5
agency shall prepare in writing and make available for public scrutiny a policy or 6
standard regulating the use of force by law enforcement officers in the performance 7
of their duties. The law enforcement agency shall provide in its policy or standard
1the instances in which a use of force must be reported, how to report a use of force,
2and a requirement that officers who engage in or observe a reportable use of force
66.0511 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
66.0511 (4) Whistleblower protections.
No law enforcement officer may be 6
discharged, disciplined, demoted, or denied promotion, transfer, or reassignment, or 7
otherwise discriminated against in regard to employment, or threatened with any 8
such treatment, because the law enforcement officer reported, or is believed to have 9
reported, any violation of a policy or standard under sub. (2); initiated, participated 10
in, or testified in, or is believed to have initiated, participated in, or testified in, any 11
action or proceeding regarding a violation of a policy or standard under sub. (2); or 12
provided any information, or is believed to have provided any information, about a 13
violation of a policy or standard under sub. (2).