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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
          AB 979 (Weber)
          As Amended  May 24, 2013
          Majority vote 

           PUBLIC SAFETY       7-0         APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
           
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          |Ayes:|Ammiano, Melendez,        |Ayes:|Gatto, Harkey, Bigelow,   |
          |     |Jones-Sawyer, Mitchell,   |     |Bocanegra, Bradford, Ian  |
          |     |Quirk, Skinner, Waldron   |     |Calderon, Campos,         |
          |     |                          |     |Donnelly, Eggman, Gomez,  |
          |     |                          |     |Hall, Ammiano, Linder,    |
          |     |                          |     |Pan, Quirk, Wagner, Weber |
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           SUMMARY  :  Requires specified peace officers assigned to a  
          jurisdiction that includes navigable waters to complete a course  
          in basic maritime operations if the local governing body opts in  
          and if the federal Department of Homeland Security provides  
          funding.  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Requires peace officers to complete a course in basic maritime  
            operations for law enforcement officers if they meet all of  
            the following criteria:

             a)   The officer is employed by a city, county, city and  
               county, or district that has adopted a resolution  
               implementing this section;

             b)   The officer falls within a classification identified by  
               the local governing body;

             c)   The officer is assigned in a jurisdiction that includes  
               navigable waters; and, 

             d)   The officer serves as a crew member on a waterborne law  
               enforcement vessel.

          2)Specifies that the course shall include boat handling, chart  
            reading, navigation rules, and comprehensive training  
            regarding maritime boarding, arrest procedures, vessel  
            identification, searches, and counterterrorism practices and  
            procedures, and requires that the curriculum be consistent  








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            with federal standards and tactical training.

          3)Provides that this section shall only become operative in a  
            city, county, city and county, or district when all of the  
            following conditions apply:

             a)   The federal Department of Homeland Security provides  
               funding to the locality; 

             b)   The local governing body adopts a resolution agreeing to  
               implement this section; and,

             c)   The local governing body identifies the specific  
               classification of peace officers in their jurisdiction that  
               will be subject to the training requirements.

           EXISTING LAW  : 

          1)Requires all peace officers to complete an introductory course  
            of training prescribed by the Committee on Peace Officers  
            Standards and Training (POST), demonstrated by passage of an  
            appropriate examination developed by POST.  

          2)Empowers POST to develop and implement programs to increase  
            the effectiveness of law enforcement.  

          3)Authorizes POST, for the purpose of raising the level of  
            competence of local law enforcement officers, to adopt rules  
            establishing minimum standards related to physical, mental and  
            moral fitness and training that shall govern the recruitment  
            of any peace officers in California.  

          4)Requires POST to conduct research concerning job-related  
            educational standards and job-related selection standards to  
            include vision, hearing, physical ability, and emotional  
            stability and adopt standards supported by this research.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, this bill specifies these provisions become operative  
          only when federal funding from the Department of Homeland  
          Security is made available to the local law enforcement entity  
          for this purpose. 

           COMMENTS  :   According to the author, "Maritime training has not  








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          only evolved but become a necessity among law enforcement  
          agencies whose jurisdictions may include maritime areas.  For  
          emergencies or multi-jurisdictional operations, the time to set  
          a standard that all agencies and departments can share and build  
          upon is long overdue.

          "California must set in motion the necessary statutes,  
          regulations and curriculum to provide the level of training and  
          standards for safe effective waterborne law enforcement across  
          the state.  AB 979 will provide for these critical statewide  
          standards and training for law enforcement operating in a  
          maritime environment.

          "The Post Commission has already approved three courses for  
          maritime peace officers that are taught at the regional maritime  
          law enforcement training center at the port of Los Angeles.   
          These courses can be exported to any training facility.   
          Additionally, this bill would come at no-cost to the state, as  
          its provisions would apply only if federal funds become  
          available."

          Please see the policy committee analysis for a full discussion  
          of this bill.  


          Analysis Prepared by  :    Sandy Uribe / PUB. S. / (916) 319-3744 


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