The Arizona Police Association (APA) and its members have been very active and successful in promoting
the interest of Arizona Law Enforcement at the Arizona Capital this week. Here is a short recap of our
bills that made it out of committee.
HB 2384; Unlawful flight; vehicle impoundment. This bill was initially brought forth by Tucson Police
Officers Association (TPOA). It allows officers to impound vehicles used in felony flight. The second half
of this bill was initiated by Mesa Police Association (MPA) It allows for a suspect to be charged with
felony flight if it can be proven the suspect knowingly fled from officers in a vehicle even if the officers
are driving unmarked cars. This bill passed out of the JPS committee on a 9-0 vote. The APA is the SOLE
police labor group introducing and fighting for this bill.
HB 2501; PTSD: workers compensation; presumption. This bill was initiated by Phoenix Law Enforcement
Association (PLEA) and the APA. This bill is in furtherance of the PTSD bill passed last year after the tragic
loss/suicide of Phoenix Police Officer Craig Tiger. The bill provides substantial treatment for PTSD on the
front end in hopes of returning the officer/firefighter to full duty and a normal life. The second part,
should the officer not be able to return to work provides a presumption that the PTSD was in fact job
related. After a very emotional hearing in which officer Craig Tigers former wife (Retired Phoenix Police
Officer Rebecca Tiger) and mother of his two surviving children testified to the devastation untreated
PTSD can cause. The APA originally had the bill drafted for police officers only. However, in talking with
the Firefighters it was clear they needed to be included in this legislation as well. They were very helpful,
given their medical treatment experience in drafting the treatment component of the bill. The HB 2501
passed out of the Health committee 9-0. This bill was introduced by the APA because of the loss of APA
member Craig Tiger. After the initial drafting of the bill, we invited the IAFF to join the effort on behalf of
HB 2383; Emergency vehicles; probation officers. This bill was initiated by the Arizona Probation Officers
Association (AZPOA) and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Arizona (CLEAA). It allows, at
the discretion of the county probation director, to put emergency lights on some probation officers’
vehicles. Currently a small number of probation officers are assigned to probation violation/warrant
pickups and multi-agency task forces. These probation officers wear ballistic vest, badges, and carry
guns while carrying out enforcement/apprehensions. Occasionally they are in situations that emergency
lights would assist them in their operations and provide greater safety to the community. The bill passed
out of committee 5-3. The APA was the SOLE police labor group introducing and fighting for this bill.
SB 1498; AZPOST Board members, this bill adds qualifications to the peer member positions, stating that
the members must be a rank and file officer/deputy AND have knowledge and experience in
representing law enforcement officers in disciplinary case. This will ensure there is a true rank and file
perspective on the board and ensure there are knowledgeable members regarding officer due process
rights. This bill passed out of committee 9-0. The APA was the SOLE police labor group introducing and
fighting for this bill.
HB2562; Crime, emergency services stats/website, this bill mandates police departments post monthly
stats such as UCR, calls for service, arrest, and response times on their websites. This is another APA bill
that we invited IAFF to join, it also mandates that fire department/districts post their data on their
websites as well. This bill passed out of committee 6-1. Again, the APA was the only police labor group
to introduce and fight for this bill.
The APA has several other bills waiting committee hearing over the next couple of weeks. We will keep
you advised as the progress.