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SB-387 Peace officers: certification, education, and recruitment.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/11/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 387


Introduced by Senator Portantino
(Principal coauthor: Senator Caballero)
(Coauthor: Senator Stern)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bauer-Kahan, Cooper, Daly, Grayson, Low, and O’Donnell)

February 11, 2021


An act to amend Section 13510.1 of, and to add Section 13511.1 to, the Penal Code, relating to peace officers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 387, as introduced, Portantino. Peace officers: certification, education, and recruitment.
Existing law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to establish a certification program for peace officers. Existing law requires the commission to establish basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory, management, and executive certificates for the purpose of fostering the education and experience necessary to perform general police service duties. Existing law requires certificates to be awarded on the basis of a combination of training, education, experience, and other prerequisites, as determined by the commission. Existing law generally requires a local law enforcement officer who is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the general enforcement of the criminal laws to obtain the basic certificate issued by the commission within 18 months of employment in order to continue to exercise the powers of a peace officer.
This bill would require the commission to work with stakeholders from law enforcement, the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and community organizations to develop a list of courses to include as requirements for obtaining a basic certificate, as specified. The bill would require an applicant for a basic certificate to complete those courses before obtaining the certificate. By imposing additional training costs on local law enforcement agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The bill would also establish the Statewide Law Enforcement Education Fund, and make moneys in the fund available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for providing financial support towards a higher education degree for individuals that commit to pursuing a law enforcement career. The bill would require the commission to establish statewide recruitment teams for purposes of actively recruiting elementary and secondary school pupils to pursue careers in law enforcement and performing education and outreach within schools.
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: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13510.1 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

13510.1.
 (a) The commission shall establish a certification program for peace officers officers, as specified in Sections 13510 and 13522 13522, and for the California Highway Patrol. Certificates of the commission established pursuant to this section shall be considered professional certificates.
(b) Basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory, management, and executive certificates shall be established for the purpose of fostering professionalization, education, and experience necessary to adequately accomplish the general police service duties performed by peace officer members of city police departments, county sheriffs’ departments, districts, university and state university and college departments, or by the California Highway Patrol.
(c) (1) Certificates shall be awarded on the basis of a combination of training, education, experience, and other prerequisites, as determined by the commission.
(2) In determining whether an applicant for certification has the requisite education, the commission shall recognize as acceptable college education only the following:
(A) Education provided by a community college, college, or university which that has been accredited by the department of education of the state in which the community college, college, or university is located or by a recognized national or regional accrediting body.
(B) Until January 1, 1998, educational courses or degrees provided by a nonaccredited but state-approved college that offers programs exclusively in criminal justice.
(d) Persons who are determined by the commission to be eligible peace officers may make application for the certificates, provided they are employed by an agency which that participates in the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program.
(e) The commission shall have the authority to cancel any certificate that has been obtained through misrepresentation or fraud or that was issued as the result of an administrative error on the part of the commission or the employing agency.
(f) The commission shall work with stakeholders from law enforcement, the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and community organizations to develop a list of courses to include as requirements for obtaining a basic certificate. The courses specified by the commission may be taken before, during, or after the completion of an academy, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 13510.05, but shall be completed before an individual may obtain a basic certificate. The commission shall consider allowances for prior law enforcement experience, postsecondary education experience, and military experience to satisfy these requirements. Any requirements developed pursuant to this subdivision shall not apply to individuals who were already peace officers as of December 31, 2021.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13511.1 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13511.1.
 (a) The Statewide Law Enforcement Education Fund is hereby established. Moneys in the fund shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for providing financial support towards a higher education degree for individuals that commit to pursuing a law enforcement career.
(b) The commission shall establish statewide recruitment teams, comprising active law enforcement, community members, and educators, for purposes of actively recruiting elementary and secondary school pupils to pursue careers in law enforcement and performing education and outreach within the elementary and secondary schools of the state.

SEC. 3.

 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.