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SB22-095

Improving Missing Person Investigations

Concerning improving missing person investigations.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subject:
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The bill requires the division of criminal justice within the department of public safety (department) to annually report to the general assembly during the department's "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" hearings any significant data, including trends over time, regarding missing person cases in Colorado. The report must include specific information about missing person cases involving women from minority communities, which includes women from African-American, Black, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Indigenous and tribal, Hispanic, and Latino aging population, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the older adult population.

Under existing law, a law enforcement agency is required to accept a missing person report submitted in person if the missing person resides in the agency's jurisdiction or was last believed to be in the agency's jurisdiction, and law enforcement agencies are encouraged to accept reports by telephone or other electronic media. The agency is not required to accept a missing person report about a person if the person is the subject of a report under investigation by another law enforcement agency. The bill requires any law enforcement agency to accept a missing person report submitted in person if the missing person is a Colorado resident or was last believed to be in Colorado. The bill adds circumstances in which a law enforcement agency is not required to accept a missing person report. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to accept a missing person report by telephone or other electronic media if accepting the report by those means is consistent with the agency's policies or practices.

Under existing law, a law enforcement agency that receives a report of a missing adult must enter relevant information into state and national databases and communicate with other law enforcement agencies after the person has been missing for 24 hours or more. In the case of a reported missing child, a law enforcement agency must notify the Colorado bureau of investigation within 24 hours. The bill reduces those times to within 8 hours in the case of a missing adult and within 2 hours in the case of a missing child, and requires the law enforcement agency to enter relevant information into the Colorado crime information center database.

The bill requires a state or local agency that has legal custody of a child who is missing to report the disappearance within 2 hours of learning of the disappearance.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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