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SB-1127 Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training: Internet Web site.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Senate  April 06, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1127


Introduced by Senator Hancock
(Principal coauthor: Senator Anderson)

February 17, 2016


An act to add Section 13605 to the Penal Code, relating to correctional officers. the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1127, as amended, Hancock. Correctional officers: training. Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training: Internet Web site.
Existing law establishes the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and requires the commission to develop standards and training for correctional peace officers.
This bill would require the commission to establish an Internet Web site to include meeting minutes, agendas, and supporting documents. The bill would require the commission to transmit live video and audio of all of its meetings via the Internet Web site. The bill would require the commission to include an archive of past meeting minutes, agendas, and supporting documents and the video and audio of past meetings. The bill would require the commission to include documents on the Internet Web site to provide employees and the public with greater access to professional development materials.

Existing law defines a correctional officer of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a peace officer whose authority extends to any place in the state while engaged in the performance of his or her duties. Under existing law, every person described as a peace officer is required to complete an introductory training course prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, as specified.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a blue ribbon panel of experts to review the curriculum of the Basic Correctional Officer Academy, as specified.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13605 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13605.
 (a) To promote transparency and accountability, the commission shall establish and maintain an Internet Web site to include the following:
(1) Meeting minutes, agendas, and related supporting documents.
(2) An archive of past meeting minutes, agendas, and related supporting documents.
(3) Documents to provide employees and the public with greater access to professional development materials.
(b) The commission shall transmit live video and audio of all of its meetings via the Internet Web site, and shall also include an archive of the video and audio of those meetings on its Internet Web site.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a blue ribbon panel of experts to review the curriculum of the Basic Correctional Officer Academy and recommend changes, additions, and improvements to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, reflecting national and international best training practices.