Nebraska Revised Statute 81-1401

Chapter 81 Section 1401


Terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 81-1401 to 81-1414.10, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) Commission means the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice;

(2) Council means the Nebraska Police Standards Advisory Council;

(3) Director means the director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center;

(4) Felony means a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of more than one year or a crime committed outside of Nebraska which would be punishable by imprisonment for a term of more than one year if committed in Nebraska;

(5) Handgun means any firearm with a barrel less than sixteen inches in length or any firearm designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand;

(6) Incapacity means incapable of or lacking the ability to perform or carry out the usual duties of a law enforcement officer in accordance with the standards established by the commission due to physical, mental, or emotional factors. Incapacity does not exist if a law enforcement officer remains employed as a law enforcement officer, including employment as a law enforcement officer in a restricted or limited-duty status;

(7) Law enforcement agency means the police department or the town marshal in incorporated municipalities, the office of sheriff in unincorporated areas, and the Nebraska State Patrol;

(8)(a) Law enforcement officer means any person who is responsible for the prevention or detection of crime or the enforcement of the penal, traffic, or highway laws of the state or any political subdivision of the state for more than one hundred hours per year and is authorized by law to make arrests and includes, but is not limited to:

(i) A full-time or part-time member of the Nebraska State Patrol;

(ii) A county sheriff;

(iii) A full-time, part-time, or reserve employee of a county sheriff's office;

(iv) A full-time, part-time, or reserve employee of a municipal or village police agency;

(v) A full-time or part-time Game and Parks Commission conservation officer;

(vi) A full-time or part-time deputy state sheriff; or

(vii) A full-time employee of an organized and paid fire department of any city of the metropolitan class who is an authorized arson investigator and whose duties consist of determining the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires or explosions while on duty in the course of an investigation;

(b) Law enforcement officer does not include employees of the Department of Correctional Services, probation officers under the Nebraska Probation System, parole officers appointed by the Director of Supervision and Services of the Division of Parole Supervision, or employees of the Department of Revenue under section 77-366; and

(c) A law enforcement officer shall possess a valid law enforcement officer certificate or diploma, as established by the council, in order to be vested with the authority of this section, but this subdivision does not prohibit an individual from receiving a conditional appointment as an officer pursuant to subsection (2) of section 81-1414;

(9) Training academy means the training center or such other council-approved law enforcement training facility operated and maintained by a law enforcement agency which offers certification training that meets or exceeds the certification training curriculum of the training center;

(10) Training center means the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center; and

(11) Training school means a public or private institution of higher education, including the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska state colleges, and the community colleges of this state, that offers training in a council-approved pre-certification course.