This bill allows members of the Board of Probation and Parole and probation and parole officers
who meet the necessary requirements to carry firearms. The Department of Corrections will
designate the type of firearm that is to be carried. Persons wishing to carry firearms must
purchase the firearms and holsters individually. The department will supply the ammunition
necessary for the performance of their duties. Officers must complete at least 16 hours of firearm
training, as established by the department.
The bill also requires the department to provide all probation and parole officers with credentials
and a special badge to be carried at all times while on duty.
The crime of tampering with a judicial officer is expanded to include interference in the
performance of an officer's official duties and stalking of an officer or officer's family.