SB 237, as introduced, Anderson. Animal control officers.
(1) 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, 2016, to complete a course in the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants no later than July 1, 2017. This bill would require every person appointed as an animal control officer, and every person appointed as a director, manager, or supervisor, or any person in direct control of an animal control agency, on or after July 1, 2016, 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 appointed prior to July 1, 2016, to satisfactorily complete at least 40 hours of continuing education and training relating to the powers and duties of an animal control officer, no later than July 1, 2019, and every 3 years thereafter, as specified. The bill would require every animal control officer appointed on or after July 1, 2016, to comply with those requirements within 3 years of the date of his or her appointment, and every 3 years thereafter.
The bill would specify that the above training and continuing training requirements do not apply to an animal control officer who is a peace officer.
By imposing new training requirements on local employees, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) Existing law provides for the regulation and licensing of dogs, including the issuance of dog license tags. Existing law requires that fees for the issuance of dog license tags and fines collected for a violation of the provisions regulating and licensing dogs be paid into the county, city, or city and county treasury and that they be used for specified purposes, including to pay costs and expenses for the enforcement of those provisions.
This bill would expand the list of purposes for which those fees and fines shall be used to include paying for initial and in-service training for persons charged with enforcing animal control laws, including animal control officers.
(3) 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 30652 of the Food and Agricultural Code
2 is amended to read:
All fees for the issuance of dog license tags and all
4fines collected pursuant to this division shall be paid into the
P3 1county, city, or city and county treasury, as the case may be, and
2shall be used:
3(a) First, to pay fees for the issuance of dog license tags.
4(b) Second, to pay fees, salaries, costs, expenses, or any or all
5of them for the enforcement of this division and all ordinances
6which are made pursuant to this division.
7(c) Third, to pay damages to owners of livestock which are
8killed by dogs.
9(d) Fourth, to pay costs of any hospitalization or
10care of animals pursuant to Section 597f of the Penal Code.
Section 830.9 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
Animal control officers are not peace officers but
16may exercise the powers of arrest of a peace officer as specified
17in Section 836 and the power to serve warrants as specified in
18Sections 1523 and 1530 during the course and within the scope of
19their employment, if those officers successfully complete a course
20in the exercise of those powers pursuant to Section 832.
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21of the training course specified in Section 832 pertaining to the
22carrying and use of firearms shall not be required for any animal
23control officer whose employing agency prohibits the use of
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13 the purposes of this section, “firearms” includes capture
14guns, blowguns, carbon dioxide operated rifles and pistols, air
15guns, handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
17this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
18local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
19pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
204 of Title 2 of the Government Code.