Representative Butler Announces Passage Of Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act
Bill Provides More Information on Potentially Dangerous Suspects
May 30, 2013
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State Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 7, also known as the “Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act,” which will provide law enforcement officers with information on suspects with a history of mental illness.

Senate Bill 7 would require that a court reports certain information to local law enforcement after a person who has been ordered to be evaluated or treated for mental illness is found guilty or convicted of a violent offense. A court would also need to report to local law enforcement information regarding the conditional release of a person found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity who has previously been committed to a hospital or treatment facility.

“This is a good piece of legislation which will give law enforcement officers more information that will help them maintain a higher level of situational awareness,” said Rep. Butler, who is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “Police officers put their lives on the line to protect our communities every day; they deserve to have every possible tool at their disposal which will assist them in defending their own lives.”

Upon receiving the report, the local law enforcement agency—a municipal police department or county sheriff’s office where the offense occurred—is to enter the information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Supervised Release File, which is accessible through LEADS (Law Enforcement Automated Database System), so that the information is more readily available to officers before confronting a potentially dangerous person.

Senate Bill 7 arose after Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed in the line of duty in January 2011.

The bill will now be sent to Governor Kasich for his signature.

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