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PART 4. PREVENTION OF CRIMES AND APPREHENSION OF CRIMINALS [11006 - 14315]

  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1385. )

TITLE 4. STANDARDS AND TRAINING OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS [13500 - 13553]

  ( Title 4 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1823. )

CHAPTER 1. Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training [13500 - 13553]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1823. )

ARTICLE 1. Administration [13500 - 13509]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1823. )

13500.
  

(a) There is in the Department of Justice a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, hereafter referred to in this chapter as the commission. The commission consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor, after consultation with, and with the advice of, the Attorney General and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Racial, gender, and ethnic diversity shall be considered for all appointments to the commission.

(b) The commission shall be composed of the following members:

(1) Two members shall be (i) sheriffs or chiefs of police or peace officers nominated by their respective sheriffs or chiefs of police, (ii) peace officers who are deputy sheriffs or city police officers, or (iii) any combination thereof.

(2) Three members shall be sheriffs or chiefs of police or peace officers nominated by their respective sheriffs or chiefs of police.

(3) Four members shall be peace officers of the rank of sergeant or below with a minimum of five years’ experience as a deputy sheriff, city police officer, marshal, or state-employed peace officer for whom the commission sets standards. Each member shall have demonstrated leadership in the recognized employee organization having the right to represent the member, as set forth in the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 3500)) and the Ralph C. Dills Act (Chapter 10.5 (commencing with Section 3525)) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(4) One member shall be an elected officer or chief administrative officer of a county in this state.

(5) One member shall be an elected officer or chief administrative officer of a city in this state.

(6) Two members shall be public members who shall not be peace officers.

(7) One member shall be an educator or trainer in the field of criminal justice.

(8) One member shall be a peace officer in California of the rank of sergeant or below with a minimum of five years experience as a deputy sheriff, city police officer, marshal, or state-employed peace officer for whom the commission sets standards. This member shall have demonstrated leadership in a California-based law enforcement association that is also a presenter of POST-certified law enforcement training that advances the professionalism of peace officers in California.

(c) The Attorney General shall be an ex officio member of the commission.

(d) Of the members first appointed by the Governor, three shall be appointed for a term of one year, three for a term of two years, and three for a term of three years. Their successors shall serve for a term of three years and until appointment and qualification of their successors, each term to commence on the expiration date of the term of the predecessor.

(e) The additional member provided for by the Legislature in its 1973–74 Regular Session shall be appointed by the Governor on or before January 15, 1975, and shall serve for a term of three years.

(f) The additional member provided for by the Legislature in its 1977–78 Regular Session shall be appointed by the Governor on or after July 1, 1978, and shall serve for a term of three years.

(g) The additional members provided for by the Legislature in its 1999–2000 Regular Session shall be appointed by the Governor on or before July 1, 2000, and shall serve for a term of three years.

(h) The additional member provided for by the Legislature in its 2007–08 Regular Session shall be appointed by the Governor on or before January 31, 2008, and shall serve for a term of three years.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 409, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2008.)

13501.
  

The Governor shall designate the chair of the commission from among the members of the commission. The person designated as the chair shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The commission shall annually select a vice chair from among its members. A majority of the members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 33, Sec. 35. (SB 843) Effective June 27, 2016.)

13502.
  

Members of the commission shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. For purposes of compensation, attendance at meetings of the commission shall be deemed performance by a member of the duties of his local governmental employment.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1823.)

13503.
  

In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the commission shall have all of the following powers:

(a) To meet at those times and places as it may deem proper.

(b) To employ an executive secretary and, pursuant to civil service, those clerical and technical assistants as may be necessary.

(c) To contract with other agencies, public or private, or persons as it deems necessary, for the rendition and affording of those services, facilities, studies, and reports to the commission as will best assist it to carry out its duties and responsibilities.

(d) To cooperate with and to secure the cooperation of county, city, city and county, and other local law enforcement agencies in investigating any matter within the scope of its duties and responsibilities, and in performing its other functions.

(e) To develop and implement programs to increase the effectiveness of law enforcement and when those programs involve training and education courses to cooperate with and secure the cooperation of state-level officers, agencies, and bodies having jurisdiction over systems of public higher education in continuing the development of college-level training and education programs.

(f) To cooperate with and secure the cooperation of every department, agency, or instrumentality in the state government.

(g) To do any and all things necessary or convenient to enable it fully and adequately to perform its duties and to exercise the power granted to it.

(h) The commission shall not have the authority to adopt or carry out a regulation that authorizes the withdrawal or revocation of a certificate previously issued to a peace officer pursuant to this chapter.

(i) Except as specifically provided by law, the commission shall not have the authority to cancel a certificate previously issued to a peace officer pursuant to this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 297, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2004.)

13503.5.
  

(a) Commencing February 1, 2020, and each year thereafter, the commission shall submit an annual report to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, on the overall effectiveness of any additional funding appropriated by the Legislature on or after July 1, 2019, in improving peace officer training. For the purpose of this section, “additional funding” does not include General Fund resources provided to backfill declines in non-General Fund revenue in the 2019 Budget Act.

(b) At minimum, the reporting described in subdivision (a) shall include both of the following:

(1) The number of peace officers trained by law enforcement agency, by course, and by how training was delivered.

(2) The training provided and the descriptions of the training, including the duration of the training and the skills addressed in the training.

(c) To the extent that information required in subdivision (b) is not yet available for a particular annual report, the commission shall report on how it plans to measure and report that information in the future. The commission also shall specify the date by which it anticipates that the information will be available for reporting.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 25, Sec. 45. (SB 94) Effective June 27, 2019.)

13504.
  

The Attorney General shall, so far as compatible with other demands upon the personnel in the Department of Justice, make available to the commission the services of such personnel to assist the commission in the execution of the duties imposed upon it by this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1823.)

13505.
  

In exercising its functions, the commission shall endeavor to minimize costs of administration so that a maximum of funds will be expended for the purpose of providing training and other services to local law enforcement agencies. All expenses shall be a proper charge against the revenue accruing under Article 3 (commencing with Section 13520).

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 106, Sec. 112.)

13506.
  

The commission may adopt those regulations as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter. The commission shall not have the authority to adopt or carry out a regulation that authorizes the withdrawal or revocation of a certificate previously issued to a peace officer pursuant to this chapter. Except as specifically provided by law, the commission shall not have the authority to adopt regulations providing for the cancellation of a certificate.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 297, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2004.)

13507.
  

As used in this chapter, “district” means any of the following:

(a) A regional park district.

(b) A district authorized by statute to maintain a police department.

(c) The University of California.

(d) The California State University and Colleges.

(e) A community college district.

(f) A school district.

(g) A transit district.

(h) A harbor district.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 950, Sec. 3.)

13507.1.
  

As used in this chapter, “joint powers agency” means any agency, entity, or authority formed pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 6500) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 59, Sec. 8. (SB 514) Effective January 1, 2014.)

13508.
  

(a) The commission shall do each of the following:

(1) Establish a learning technology laboratory that would conduct pilot projects with regard to needed facilities and otherwise implement modern instructional technology to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement training.

(2) Develop an implementation plan for the acquisition of law enforcement facilities and technology. In developing this plan, the commission shall consult with appropriate law enforcement and training organizations. The implementation plan shall include each of the following items:

(A) An evaluation of pilot and demonstration projects.

(B) Recommendations for the establishment of regional skills training centers, training conference centers, and the use of modern instructional technology.

(C) A recommended financing structure.

(b) The commission may enter into joint powers agreements with other governmental agencies for the purpose of developing and deploying needed technology and facilities.

(c) Any pilot project conducted pursuant to this section shall terminate on or before January 1, 1995, unless funding is provided for the project continuation.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 193, Sec. 155. Effective January 1, 2005.)

13509.
  

(a) There is hereby established the Innovations Grant Program within the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to, upon an appropriation of funds for the purposes described in this section, grant funds on a competitive basis to qualified public and private entities for the purpose of fostering innovations in training and procedures for law enforcement officers with the goal of reducing the number of officer-involved shootings statewide.

(b) The commission shall develop and implement the program described in this section, including, but not limited to, application procedures, selection criteria, and reporting requirements.

(c) In developing the program, the commission shall hold no less than two public hearings during which public and private stakeholders, community-based organizations that work on policing-related issues, and other interested parties can provide public comment or submit written public comment on the development and administration of the program.

(d) Grants issued pursuant to this section shall support one or more of the following purposes:

(1) Developing and providing training and workshops for law enforcement officers addressing issues of implicit bias.

(2) Developing and providing training and workshops for law enforcement officers on use of force and deescalation.

(3) Developing and providing training and workshops for law enforcement officers on cultural diversity and awareness.

(4) Developing and providing training and workshops for law enforcement officers on community policing.

(5) Developing and providing wellness programs for law enforcement officers.

(e) Grants issued pursuant to this section shall, at minimum, comply with the following guidelines:

(1) Priority shall be given to agencies that have the highest per-officer incidence rate of officer-involved shootings and to the organizations that serve those agencies or are located in the communities served by those agencies.

(2) Sixty-five percent of available funding shall be awarded to community-based nonprofit organizations with the remaining funds awarded to other categories of applicants, including, but not limited to, law enforcement agencies, educational or law enforcement training institutions, and private for-profit organizations.

(3) Grant recipients shall be awarded no more than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) and no less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).

(4) Grant recipients shall be required to report back to the commission on the use of grant funds, including, but not limited to, the number of officers that received training.

(f) Any costs incurred by the commission in connection with the development or administration of the program shall be deducted from the amount appropriated before awarding any grants, not to exceed 5 percent of the amount appropriated.

(g) (1) The commission shall, no later than January 31, 2023, prepare and submit a report to the Legislature summarizing the expenditure of Innovations Grant Program funds, including, but not limited to, recipients and award amounts, summaries of training programs that were developed, the number of officers who received training, and any measurable outcomes.

(2) The report required by paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(3) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2025.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 36, Sec. 26. (AB 1812) Effective June 27, 2018. Repealed as of January 1, 2025, by its own provisions.)

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