How does this impact the states?
The NDI is intended for use by law enforcement agencies and POST organizations. But like many tools, it only works if agencies use it—and right now, they aren’t required to. For the NDI to be truly effective, every U.S. state must work toward legislation that requires more thorough reporting, including decertification information for every officer. Developing state-level legislation protects states’ rights in mandating what they want to report, protects police departments from some types of litigation, and maintains the integrity of hiring departments. Moreover, once the state utilizes a single database, information can be reported easily to a national registry (the NDI). This prevents bad hires both within and across state lines.