Action Needed: Officer Safety Bill (AB 3319)
Monday, May 4, 2020
CODE ENFORCMENT OFFICERS: WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PUSH THROUGH A BILL ON OFFICER SAFETY!
SUPPORT ASSEMBLY BILL 3319—(JONES-SAWYER)
CACEO Members are being asked to take action and contact their local California Assemblymembers AND Public Safety Committee Members to support AB 3319 (Jones-Sawyer; D-Los Angeles) which would require jurisdictions to establish and implement code enforcement officer safety protocols specific to their duties. Jurisdictions will retain the control to design and implement training and safety protocols consistent with the dynamics and needs of their own community.
Currently, many jurisdictions do not have safety programs to train and protect code enforcement officers from threats, assaults, batteries or worse. Due to recent changes in State and local law, many code enforcement officers have been given the responsibility of dealing with community problems that were traditionally handled by sworn peace officers. These duties include, but are not limited to, the abatement of hard drug houses, illegal cannabis grow operations, red light district activity enforcement and abatement and other criminal behaviors. Sworn peace officers are well trained in officer safety and have many legal protections under State and local law. There are requirements already in place that require jurisdictions to establish specific safety protocols for sworn personnel however, none exist for code enforcement officers. This bill would change that.
CACEO is part of a coalition standing in support this bill, which is currently in the California Assembly Public Safety Committee. We are asking members to contact Public Safety Committee Members as well as their local Assemblymembers to voice their support in an effort to pass the bill through the Committee and onto the Assembly. This call may be followed by a request to contact your local Senator if and when it makes it out of the Assembly.
To locate your local Assemblymember please visit this site. To contact your local Assemblymember visit this site.
To contact the members of the Public Safety Committee, visit this site.
For sample support verbiage, click here.
To view CACEO's letter in support of AB 3319, click here.
You are encouraged to customize your letters and emails as you see fit, highlighting personal experiences that reinforce your support for AB 3319.
We are asking that you message your local Assemblymember and Public Safety Committee Members immediately.
For any specific questions about this legislation, please don't hesitate to contact CACEO's Legislation Chair Matthew Silver at email@example.com or President Darrell Revier at firstname.lastname@example.org