Miller to introduce legislation regarding law enforcement concussion protocol

MT. LEBANON, April 10 – State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, announced that he will introduce a bill that would require the Pennsylvania State Police, in coordination with other interested groups, to establish a concussion protocol to be used for all law enforcement officers. Once introduced, the bill will become H.B. 1176.

Miller is partnering with state Reps. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, and Barry Jozwiak, R-Berks, as main sponsors of the bill.

He is currently inviting other representatives to sign on as co-sponsors.

The bill would direct the Pennsylvania State Police, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association, union representatives of law enforcement officers, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and appropriate state agencies that have expertise in the area of traumatic brain injury, to develop a concussion protocol which will be used by all police departments to protect a law enforcement officer who suffers or who may have suffered a head impact or head injury while on the job.

“This legislation recognizes the physical risks inherent with a career in law enforcement,” Miller said. “Injuries, assaults and crashes are just part of the job and concussion symptoms can be easily missed. Officers protect the public every day, and we have to be sure to cover them and their families when injuries like these occur. Documentation is key.”

When the bill is introduced, it will be assigned to a House committee for further consideration.