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AB-2917 Department of Justice: law enforcement policies on the use of deadly force.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2917


Introduced by Assembly Member McCarty

February 21, 2020


An act to add Title 4.8 (commencing with Section 13660) to Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to peace officers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2917, as introduced, McCarty. Department of Justice: law enforcement policies on the use of deadly force.
Existing law defines which persons are peace officers and the authority of those persons. Existing law also defines those types of law enforcement agencies that may employ peace officers. Existing law creates the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to set minimum standards for the recruitment and training of peace officers. Existing law also creates various programs within the Department of Justice for the support and coordination of local law enforcement agency efforts to prevent crime and apprehend criminals.
This bill would require the Attorney General, commencing on July 1, 2023, to create a program within the Department of Justice to review the policies on the use of deadly force of any law enforcement agency, as specified, that requests a review, and to make recommendations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Title 4.8 (commencing with Section 13660) is added to Part 4 of the Penal Code, to read:

TITLE 4.8. Law Enforcement Policies on the Use of Deadly Force

13660.
 (a) Commencing on July 1, 2023, the Attorney General shall operate a program within the Department of Justice to review the use of deadly force policies of California law enforcement agencies. Subject to available resources and the discretion of the Attorney General, this program shall review deadly force policies of law enforcement agencies that request review.
(b) The program shall make specific and customized recommendations to any law enforcement agency that requests a review pursuant to this section, based on those policies identified as recommended best practices.
(c) For purposes of this section, a law enforcement agency means a municipal police department, a county sheriff’s department, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, or the University of California or California State University police departments.
(d)  This title does not limit the Attorney General’s authority under the California Constitution or any applicable state law.