2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 42 - JUDICIARY AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
Chapter 59 - Depositions and Witnesses
5950 - Confidential communications involving law enforcement officers.
§ 5950. Confidential communications involving law enforcement officers. (a) Disclosure.--Except as provided under subsection (c), a critical incident stress management team member who, while in the course of duty, has acquired information from any law enforcement officer in confidence may not be compelled or allowed without the consent of the law enforcement officer to disclose that information in a legal proceeding, trial or investigation before any government unit. (b) Coparticipants.--Except as provided under subsection (c), a coparticipant who is present during the course of a critical incident stress management team intervention may not be compelled or allowed, without the consent of the affected law enforcement officer, to disclose any communication made during the intervention in a legal proceeding, trial or investigation before a government unit. (c) Exceptions.--The privilege established under subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply if any of the following apply: (1) The communication indicates clear and present danger to the law enforcement officer who received critical incident stress management services or to other individuals. (2) The law enforcement officer who received critical incident stress management services gives express consent to the disclosure. (3) The law enforcement officer who received critical incident stress management services is deceased and the surviving spouse or the executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased law enforcement officer gives express consent. (d) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection: "Coparticipant." An individual who participates in a group critical incident stress management team intervention. "Critical incident." A situation responded to by a law enforcement officer which presents or involves either the death or serious bodily injury of an individual or the imminent potential of such death or serious bodily injury, or any situation faced by a law enforcement officer in the course of duty which causes or may cause the law enforcement officer to experience unusually strong negative emotional reactions. "Critical Incident Stress Management Network." A network that meets the requirements of membership with the Pennsylvania Voluntary Critical Incident Stress Management Network as administered by the Department of Health and is registered with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. "Critical incident stress management services." Consultation, risk assessment, education, intervention, briefing, defusing, debriefing, onsite services, referral and other crisis intervention services provided by a critical incident stress management team to a law enforcement officer prior to, during or after a critical incident. "Critical incident stress management team member." An individual who is specially trained to provide critical incident stress management services as a member of a police agency or organization critical incident stress management team that holds membership in the Commonwealth's critical incident stress management network. "Government unit." The General Assembly and its officers and agencies; the Governor and the departments, boards, commissions, authorities and officers and agencies of the Commonwealth or other instrumentalities thereof; any political subdivision, municipality, school district or other local authority and the departments, boards, commissions, authorities and officers and agencies of such political subdivisions or other instrumentalities thereof; and any court or other officer or agency of the unified judicial system or instrumentality thereof. "Law enforcement officer." Any of the following: (1) A member of the Pennsylvania State Police. (2) Any enforcement officer or investigator employed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. (3) A parole agent, enforcement officer and investigator of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. (4) A Capitol Police officer. (5) A Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ranger. (6) A drug enforcement agent of the Office of Attorney General whose principal duty is the enforcement of the drug laws of this Commonwealth and a special agent of the Office of Attorney General whose principal duty is the enforcement of the criminal laws of this Commonwealth. (7) Any member of a port authority or other authority police department. (8) Any police officer of a county, region, city, borough, town or township. (9) Any sheriff or deputy sheriff. (10) A member of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. (11) A Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer. (12) A member of a campus police force with the power to arrest under section 2416 of the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), known as The Administrative Code of 1929. As used in this paragraph, the term "campus police" has the meaning given in section 302 of the act of November 29, 2004 (P.L.1383, No.180), known as the Uniform Crime Reporting Act. (13) A member of the Fort Indiantown Gap Police Force. (July 9, 2010, P.L.381, No.53, eff. 60 days) 2010 Amendment. Act 53 added section 5950.
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