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


  ( Title 6 repealed and added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1047. )

CHAPTER 9.7. County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE)Team Program [13887 - 13887.4]
  ( Chapter 9.7 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1090, Sec. 2. )


(a) Any county may establish and implement a sexual assault felony enforcement (SAFE) team program pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

(b) The Legislature finds and declares that identifying and developing reliable and sustainable funding for SAFE teams established by this chapter, including those established in rural and regional areas, is critical for reducing sexual assaults in California.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 219, Sec. 24. (AB 1844) Effective September 9, 2010.)


(a) The mission of this program shall be to reduce violent sexual assault offenses in the county through proactive surveillance and arrest of habitual sexual offenders, as defined in Section 667.71, and strict enforcement of registration requirements for sex offenders pursuant to Section 290.

(b) The proactive surveillance and arrest authorized by this chapter shall be conducted within the limits of existing statutory and constitutional law.

(c) The mission of this program shall also be to provide community education regarding the purposes of Chapter 5.5 (commencing with Section 290) of Title 9 of Part 2. The goal of community education is to do all of the following:

(1) Provide information to the public about ways to protect themselves and families from sexual assault.

(2) Emphasize the importance of using the knowledge of the presence of registered sex offenders in the community to enhance public safety.

(3) Explain that harassment or vigilantism against registrants may cause them to disappear and attempt to live without supervision, or to register as transients, which would defeat the purpose of sex offender registration.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 337, Sec. 51. Effective September 20, 2006.)


The regional SAFE teams may consist of officers and agents from the following law enforcement agencies:

(a) Police departments.

(b) Sheriff’s departments.

(c) The Bureau of Investigations of the Office of the District Attorney.

(d) County probation departments.

(e) To the extent that these agencies have available resources, the following law enforcement agencies:

(1) The Department of Justice.

(2) The Department of the California Highway Patrol.

(3) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

(4) The Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 867, Sec. 28. (SB 1144) Effective January 1, 2013.)


The program established pursuant to this chapter shall have the following objectives:

(a) To identify, monitor, arrest, and assist in the prosecution of habitual sexual offenders who violate the terms and conditions of their probation or parole, who fail to comply with the registration requirements of Section 290, or who commit new sexual assault offenses.

(b) To collect data to determine if the proactive law enforcement procedures adopted by the program are effective in reducing violent sexual assault offenses.

(c) To develop procedures for operating a multijurisdictional regional task force.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1090, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2003.)


Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to authorize the otherwise unlawful violation of any person’s rights under the law.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1090, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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