​​Arizona Police Association

HB2383: HOV lanes; emergency vehicles;

This bill allows all emergency vehicles, including unmarked, to utilize the HOV lanes regardless of the number of occupants. 

here to read the bill.

HB2384: Unlawful Flight; Vehicle Impoundment;

This bill allows officers in unmarked vehicle to charge a suspect with unlawful flight if there is evidence the driver knowingly fled from police officers. It also allows officers to impound vehicle used in a pursuit, including those left abandoned. 

here to read the bill.

HB2527:  Peace Officer Training and Equipment Fund;

This bill establishes a $4.00 fee on citations and driver safety school courses and establishes the Peace Officer Training Fund. This fund will collect approximately $2,000,000.00 a year. The first three million are designated as follows;

-$500,000 Arizona DPS overtime

-$2.3 million for 10 Virtual firing ranges, 3 virtual training simulators, software to allow custom authored training

-$203,000 maintenance of virtual training systems

-$50,000 to AZ Highway Safety Office for PAS

-$20,000 to the courts for programing cost

-Establishes a committee to make recommendation for future training purchases

here to read the bill.

HB2502: Public Safety; traumatic event counseling;

This is perhaps our most important bill this year. This bill allows for the extensive treatment of police officers and firefighters who may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The main enhancements to this legislation are:

-Addition 24 counseling sessions for a total of 36 employer paid treatments.

-Treatment is on duty/compensated

-Employee has right to select qualified treatment provider

-Reimburses employee if paid time off (vacation/sick) is used because of the injury

-Requires extensive data collection of PTSD benefit usage/approval/and denial of benefits

-Bill is Referred to as the “Officer Craig Tiger Act” in his honor

here to read the bill.

The Arizona Police Association (APA) had another very successful year representing our member associations at the 53rd Arizona State Legislative session. We were able to introduce several pieces of legislation that will facilitate and assist our members in the performance of their jobs. The areas of improvement are seen training, protecting the public, funding, as well as taking care of our first responders should they suffer the devastating effects of PTSD.

SB1498: AZPOST membership;

This bill allows for the membership of the AZPOST Board to include two (2) rank and file members with experience in representing officers in disciplinary due proceed matters.

-One officer will be a deputy and one a municipal officer

-One from a county other than Maricopa or Pima county

-Also allows DPS to establish AMBER Alerts with Native American tribes

here to read the bill.