SAFETY BILLS

We will share and provide updates on laws or bills being passed or voted on related to the safety of Code Enforcement Officers. 

Officer Safety Bill (AB 3319) - California

Posted May 4, 2020

From the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers:

"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."

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Officer Privacy (DMV) Bill (SB1286) - California

Posted April 14, 2020

From the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers:

"CACEO Members are being asked to take action and contact their local California State Senators AND Senate Appropriations Committee Members to support Senate Bill 1286. This bill will provide additional layers of protection for Code Enforcement Officers by assuring that the DMV information of all Code Enforcement Officers, including their home addresses, will be confidential and secure.

Code Enforcement is an inherently dangerous profession.  Too often, Code Enforcement Officers encounter individuals who defiantly refuse to comply with local and state codes that impact the quality of life in our communities.  It is not unusual for Code Enforcement Officers to be threatened, harassed or even assaulted.  Tragically, Code Enforcement Officers have even been killed in the line of duty.

California Vehicle Code Section 1808.4 was enacted because of this inherent danger to help protect law enforcement officers and other public enforcement officers and officials.  The code section already protects the home address information of many, but not all, Code Enforcement Officers kept by the DMV.  For example, the section protects officers who are part of their city’s police department, officers who conduct parking enforcement and officers who conduct vehicle abatement duties.

There are many Code Enforcement Officers who do not have the same layer of protection afforded to those covered under CVC 1808.4., For example, many of us who investigate complaints of substandard or “slumlord” housing, public nuisances related to public health and safety or local business regulations, to mention only a few examples,  are not currently protected.  Inclusion of all Code Enforcement Officers under current California Law will help protect us from those with bad motives. There is no rational basis for the exclusion of those of us who face the same risk of retaliation as our brothers and sisters who are currently protected.

Senate Bill 1286 will address this issue by including all Code Enforcement Officers under the protections of California Vehicle Code Section 1808.4.   It is an important, added layer of safety that will help assure that all Code Enforcement Officers will have their DMV information secured. It bears repeating that there is no difference between the dangers facing Code Enforcement Officers who are currently covered under the law and those Code Enforcement Officers who currently are not currently covered.

As Code Enforcement Officers, OUR SAFETY MATTERS!"

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