Today's Law As Amended

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SB-480 Law enforcement uniforms.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 13655 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

 (a) A department or agency that employees peace officers shall not authorize or allow its employees to wear a uniform that is substantially similar to any uniform of the United States Armed Forces.
(b) For purposes of this section, a uniform shall not be deemed to be substantially similar to a uniform of the United States Armed Forces if it includes at least two of the following three components: a badge or star or facsimile thereof mounted on the chest area, a patch on or both sleeves displaying the insignia of the employing agency or entity, and the word “Police” or “Sheriff” prominently displayed across the back or chest area of the uniform.
(c) This section applies to personnel who are assigned to uniformed patrol, uniformed crime suppression, or uniformed duty at an event or disturbance. It does not apply to members of a swat team, sniper team, or tactical team engaged in a tactical response or operation.