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AB-1559 Community engagement: gun violence prevention: grants.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/10/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 10, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1559


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer)

February 17, 2017


An act to add Title 10.3 (commencing with Section 14130) to Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to gun violence.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1559, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Community engagement: gun violence prevention: grants.
Under existing law, the Office of Emergency Services contracts for and regulates specified programs addressing community violence prevention and conflict resolution.
This bill would create the Community Engagement and Gun Violence Prevention Grant Program to provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to allow those agencies to subscribe to gunshot detection technologies designed to aid law enforcement in responding to and preventing gun violence. The Office of Emergency Services would implement and maintain the grant program, as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Title 10.3 (commencing with Section 14130) is added to Part 4 of the Penal Code, to read:

TITLE 10.3. Community Engagement and Gun Violence Prevention Grant Program

14130.
 (a) The Community Engagement and Gun Violence Prevention Grant Program is hereby created and shall provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to allow those departments to subscribe to gunshot detection technologies designed to aid law enforcement in responding to and preventing gun violence.
(b) In order to be eligible for a grant, a technology-based system shall do the following:
(1) Provide immediate awareness of gunfire activity to law enforcement for its response and service to affected communities, including active shooter incidents inside coverage areas.
(2) Improve management of law enforcement resources by enabling focused and defined responses to gunfire incidents.
(3) Provide an increased opportunity to build trust between law enforcement and residents.
(4) Target enforcement to areas most affected by gun violence.
(5) Provide scientific and forensically sound evidence, admissible in court, to strengthen prosecutions of the worst offenders of gun violence.
(6) Have the ability to measure and report outcomes and results.
(7) Support patrol responses, investigations, analyses, and prosecutions.
(c) As used in this title, the term “local law enforcement agency” means a municipal police department or a county sheriff’s department, including a sheriff’s department that provides law enforcement services within the boundaries of an incorporated city pursuant to a contract.

14131.
 Community input and feedback solicited by the city, county, or city and county on the use of gunfire detection services prior to procuring those services shall be encouraged and recommended. Community engagement prior to the procurement of gunfire detection services is intended to help reinforce the community’s trust in community and collaborative policing strategies and also to support transparency and accountability on the part of local law enforcement. Community engagement for this purpose could include both live community meetings and using online social media outlets such as Twitter events and Facebook.

14131.14132.
 The Office of Emergency Services shall, to the extent funds are available for this purpose, allocate and award funds, and administer the Community Engagement and Gun Violence Prevention Grant Program in order to implement and maintain a program for providing grants to local law enforcement agencies to subscribe to technology-based systems that are consistent with this title. The Office of Emergency Services shall adopt written guidelines for the award and distribution of these funds and shall allocate grant funds on a competitive basis.

14133.
 The Office of Emergency Services shall use a competitive bid process in order to secure a thorough review and selection of any gunfire detection services and make a determination as to which of those services are eligible for this grant. The request for proposal process shall be conducted through the Office of Emergency Services’ normal review and procurement process.

14132.14134.
 The program shall be funded by an appropriation made in the annual Budget Act.