Florida Senate - 2016 SB 796 By Senator Thompson 12-00939-16 2016796__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to law enforcement officer training; 3 amending s. 943.1716, F.S.; expanding the instruction 4 that the Criminal Justice Standards and Training 5 Commission requires of a law enforcement officer to 6 include interpersonal skills relating to racial 7 minorities; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Section 943.1716, Florida Statutes, is amended 12 to read: 13 943.1716 Continued employment training relating to diverse 14 populations.—The commission shall by rule require that each 15 officer receive, as part of the 40 hours of required instruction 16 for continued employment or appointment as an officer, 17 instruction in the subject of interpersonal skills relating to 18 diverse populations and racial minorities, with an emphasis on 19 the awareness of cultural differences, how racial bias impacts 20 interactions with racial minorities, and ways to combat inherent 21 biases. 22 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.