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AB-2504 Peace officer training: sexual orientation and gender identity.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2504


Introduced by Assembly Member Low

February 14, 2018


An act to add Section 13519.41 to the Penal Code, relating to peace officer training.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2504, as amended, Low. Peace officer training: sexual orientation and gender identity.
Existing law requires specified categories of law enforcement officers to meet training standards pursuant to courses of training certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Existing law requires the commission to develop and disseminate guidelines and training for all peace officers in California, as specified, who adhere to the standards approved by the commission, on the racial and cultural differences among the residents of this state.
Existing law also requires the commission to adopt rules establishing minimum standards relating to the recruitment and training of local public safety dispatchers having a primary responsibility for providing dispatching services for local law enforcement agencies, and requires that those standards apply to cities, counties, cities and counties, and districts receiving state aid, as specified. Existing law requires the commission, among other duties relating to training, to implement a course or courses of instruction for the training of law enforcement officers and law enforcement dispatchers in the handling of missing person and runaway cases. agencies.
This bill would require the commission to develop and implement, on or before January 1, 2020, implement a course of training regarding sexual orientation and gender identity minority groups in this state. The bill would require the course to be incorporated into the course or courses of basic training for law enforcement officers and dispatchers by January 1, 2020, dispatchers and would require the course or courses to include specified topics, including the terminology used to identify and describe sexual orientation and gender identity and how to create an inclusive workplace within law enforcement for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. The bill would require authorize law enforcement officers, administrators, executives, and dispatchers who complete the course of basic training prior to January 1, 2020, to participate in supplementary training that includes the topics, as specified, in that course of training and to complete the supplementary training on or before December 31, 2022. By imposing additional training costs on local law enforcement agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. training.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YESNO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13519.41 is added to the Penal Code, immediately following Section 13619.4 13519.4, to read:

13519.41.
 (a) The commission shall develop and implement, on or before January 1, 2020, implement a course of training regarding sexual orientation and gender identity minority groups in this state. In developing the training, the commission shall consult with sexual orientation and gender identity minority members of law enforcement and the community who have expertise in the area of sexual orientation and gender identity, including at least one male, one female, and one transgender person.
(b) (1) The course of training for officers and dispatchers described in subdivision (a) shall be incorporated into the course or courses of basic training for law enforcement officers and dispatchers on or before January 1, 2020, and shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(A) The difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and how these two aspects of identity relate to each other and to race, culture, and religion.
(B) The terminology used to identify and describe sexual orientation and gender identity.
(C) How to create an inclusive workplace within law enforcement for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.
(D) Important moments in history related to sexual orientation and gender identity minorities and law enforcement.
(E) How law enforcement can respond effectively to domestic violence and hate crimes involving sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.
(2) The training described in paragraph (1) shall be interactive using methodologies other than exclusively video media.
(c) Law enforcement officers, administrators, executives, and dispatchers who complete basic training prior to January 1, 2020, shall may participate in supplementary training that includes all of the topics described in this section. The supplementary training shall be completed on or before December 31, 2022. Further fulfill the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements for continuing professional training and shall include facilitated discussions and learning activities, including scenario training exercises. Additional training courses to update this instruction shall be established as deemed necessary by the commission.

SEC. 2.

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.