Majority Floor Leader V. Manuel Pérez probation officer training bill signed into law by Governor Brown

Sacramento, California - Majority Floor Leader V. Manuel Pérez is pleased to report that his bill to facilitate access to peace officer training has been signed into law by the Governor.

“Our law enforcement professionals work hard to keep our communities safe. We must support their ability to access the training and tools to do their jobs more effectively,” said Pérez. “In doing so, we help ensure that probation departments and other law enforcement have the staffing they need manage caseloads and fulfill the public trust.”

AB 1860 specifies that county probation departments certified to provide the PC 832 peace officer training course are not required to offer the training to the general public. This simple change to statute enables probation departments to offer course slots first to probation deputies and other law enforcement, thereby ensuring their training needs are met before making the course available to the general public. By facilitating access to required training, AB 1860 helps ensure that probation departments are able meet their caseload demands and fulfill their public safety mandate.

By way of background, in order to exercise the powers of a peace officer, deputies are required by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to complete the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms course. The training requires a minimum of 64 hours covering topics such as laws of arrest, search and seizure, investigative report writing, and arrest methods.  Yet, due to limited course offering dates and locations, county probation departments have found it very difficult to complete the required training in a timely manner.  Often, courses are held in locations that require extensive travel and time off to complete.

The idea for this bill was brought to Pérez by Riverside County Probation Officers Association and it is sponsored by the Chief Probation Officers of California.  The bill progressed through the legislative process with bipartisan support and with no opposition.  AB 1860 is Pérez’s second bill to be signed this year.

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