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AB-2992 Peace officer training: commercial sexual exploitation of children.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 08, 2018


 Section 13516.5 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

 (a) The commission shall develop and implement a course or courses of instruction for the training of peace officers in California on commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and victims of human trafficking that shall include, but not be limited to, the following topics and activities:
(1) The dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
(2) The impact of trauma on child development and manifestations of trauma in victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
(3) Strategies to identify potential victims of commercial sexual exploitation, including indicators that a youth is being exploited.
(4) Mandatory reporting requirements related to commercial sexual exploitation.
(5) Appropriate interviewing, engagement, and intervention techniques that avoid retraumatizing the victim and promote collaboration with victim-serving agencies.
(6) Introduction to the purpose, scope, and use of specialized child victim interview resources.
(7) Local and state resources that are available to first responders.
(8) Perspectives of victims and their families.
(9) Issues of stigma.
(10) Any other critical topics identified by subject matter experts.
(b) The course of instruction shall be equivalent to a course that the commission produces for officers as part of continuing professional training and shall include facilitated discussions and learning activities, including scenario training exercises.
(c) The training described in subdivision (a) shall be developed with input from survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, the appropriate local and state agencies, and advocates that have expertise in CSEC and human trafficking. These shall include, but not be limited to, the California Child Welfare Council’s CSEC Action Team, organizations that provide services specifically to sexually exploited children, and public agencies leading or participating in interagency responses to commercially sexually exploited children.