By Rebecca Catalanello, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Louisiana senators on Tuesday (April 21) unanimously approved legislation that would establish required training for campus police and other law enforcement officers.

Senate Bill 37, sponsored by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, requires full-time college and university law enforcement officers to undergo sexual assault awareness training in order to equip them to effectively respond to victims who have undergone such trauma.

It also calls for the agency that creates law enforcement training standards to develop a sexual assault awareness training program by July 1, 2016. An amendment adopted on the floor of the Senate also requires state law enforcement officers complete that training by the same date.

The bill, which still needs approval from the House of Representatives, is the first in a package of legislative efforts to improve how sexual assault victims are treated in Louisiana.

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