SB 1278, as introduced, Leno. Animal control officers.
Existing law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training within the Department of Justice. Existing law requires the commission to carry out various duties related to the education and training of peace officers, as defined.
Existing law provides that animal control officers are not peace officers but may exercise the powers of arrest of a peace officer and the power to serve warrants, as specified, during the course and within the scope of their employment, if those officers successfully complete a course in the exercise of those powers.
This bill would require every person appointed as an animal control officer prior to July 1, 2015, to complete a course in the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants no later than July 1, 2016. This bill would require every person appointed as an animal control officer, and every person appointed as a director, manager, supervisor, or any person in charge of an animal control agency, on or after July 1, 2015, to complete a course in the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants within one year of his or her appointment, as specified. This bill would require every animal control officer, prior to the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants, to have satisfactorily completed the required course of training.
This bill would also require every animal control officer to satisfactorily complete at least 40 hours of continuing education and training relating to the powers and duties of an animal control officer, as specified.
By imposing new training requirements on local employees, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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 these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 830.9 of the Penal Code is amended to
Animal control officers are not peace officers but
4may exercise the powers of arrest of a peace officer as specified
5in Section 836 and the power to serve warrants as specified in
6Sections 1523 and 1530 during the course and within the scope of
7their employment, if those officers successfully complete a course
8in the exercise of those powers pursuant to Section 832.
begin delete That part
9of the training course specified in Section 832 pertaining to the
10carrying and use of firearms shall not be required for any animal
11control officer whose employing agency prohibits the use of
purposes of this section, “firearms” includes capture
37guns, blowguns, carbon dioxide operated rifles and pistols, air
38guns, handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
40this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
P4 1local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
2pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
34 of Title 2 of the Government Code.