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SB-1136 Peace officers: recruitment of women.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/01/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 01, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1136


Introduced by Senator Lena Gonzalez

February 19, 2020


An act to add Section 13516.3 to the Penal Code, relating to peace officers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1136, as amended, Lena Gonzalez. Peace officers: recruitment of women.
Existing law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training within the Department of Justice to establish minimum standards relating to physical, mental, and moral fitness to govern the recruitment of peace officers. Existing law requires the commission to establish a certification program for peace officers, to be awarded on the basis of training, education, and experience.
This bill would require the commission to develop best practice recruiting recommendations and materials that include best practices for recruiting women peace officers. peace officers who are women, racial or ethnic minorities, and members of any other group currently underrepresented in law enforcement. The bill would require the commission to create and make available a guidebook or other material on best practices for peace officer recruitment for recruiting community oriented officers and women peace officers. officers, peace officers who are women, racial or ethnic minorities, and members of any other group currently underrepresented in law enforcement. The bill would also require the commission to distribute a short bulletin via the internet to law enforcement agencies on the topic of best recruitment practices, including recruiting women peace officers. peace officers who are women, racial or ethnic minorities, and members of any other group currently underrepresented in law enforcement. The bill would require the commission to report to the Legislature, no later than June 30, 2022, on the extent to which peace officer programs have implemented best practice recruitment recommendations, the perceived outcomes of those recruitment recommendations, and the number of women officers officers, officers belonging to a racial or ethnic minority, or officers belonging to any other self-identified minority group, in each department.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13516.3 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13516.3.
 (a) The commission shall develop best practice recruiting recommendations and materials that include best practices for recruiting women peace officers. peace officers who are women, racial or ethnic minorities, and members of any other group currently underrepresented in law enforcement. In developing these recommendations and materials, the commission shall work with women advocacy organizations, law enforcement agencies, and community, local, or other state organizations and agencies that have expertise in the area of best practices recruitment for peace officer community relations, including, but not limited to, the recruitment of women peace officers. officers and peace officers belonging to racial or ethnic minority groups.
(b) Upon completion of a set of best practices, the commission shall create and make available to distribute electronically, or provide by means of another form or method, a guidebook or other material on best practices for peace officer recruitment for recruiting community oriented officers and women peace officers. officers, peace officers who are women, racial or ethnic minorities, and members of any other group currently underrepresented in law enforcement. This material shall be designed for, and made available to, peace officers responsible for recruitment at individual law enforcement agencies across California.
(c) In addition to the requirements in subdivision (b), the commission shall distribute, as necessary, a short bulletin via the internet to law enforcement agencies participating in the commission’s program on the topic of best recruitment practices, including, but not limited to, recruiting women peace officers. peace officers who are women, racial or ethnic minorities, and members of any other group currently underrepresented in law enforcement. This bulletin is intended to summarize key findings and advertise the guidebook.
(d) The commission shall report to the Legislature, no later than June 30, 2022, on the extent to which peace officer programs have implemented best practice recruitment recommendations, the perceived outcomes of those recruitment recommendations, and the number of women officers officers, officers belonging to a racial or ethnic minority, or officers belonging to any other self-identified minority group, in each department.
(e) (1) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under subdivision (d) is inoperative on June 30, 2026, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (d) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.