Feb 22, 2023
Did you know that on September 29th, 2022, new laws
were set in place in the state of California that would allow
non-citizens to become police officers?
Yeah…I didn’t either.
In a new world where Defunding the Police has become
commonplace, this new law also lessens the educational requirements
needed to become a police officer.
Tune in as Coach Ashlie Walton breaks down some of the concerns
and questions that we should all be asking ourselves.
I've included the abstract below. You can read the full
SB 960 here.
- Existing law establishes the Commission on Peace
Officer Standards and Training within the Department of Justice to
perform various functions involving the training of peace officers.
Existing law requires peace officers in this state to meet
specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements,
being at least 18 years of age, being of good moral character, as
determined by a thorough background investigation, and being either
a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is
eligible for and has applied for citizenship, except as
- This bill would provide that those standards shall
be interpreted and applied consistent with federal law and
regulations, as specified. The bill would remove the provision that
requires peace officers to either be a citizen of the United States
or be a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for
citizenship, and would instead require peace officers be legally
authorized to work in the United States, and make conforming
- Under existing law, the minimum education
requirement for peace officers is high school graduation from a
public school or other accredited high school, passing an
equivalency test or high school proficiency examination, or
attaining a 2-year, 4-year, or advanced degree from an accredited
institution. Existing law requires accreditation to be from a state
or local government educational agency, a regional accrediting
association, an accrediting association recognized by the United
States Department of Education, or an organization holding full
membership in specified organizations, including AdvancED.
- This bill would revise the accreditation standards
to include an organization holding full membership in
- (2) Existing law establishes, within the
Transportation Agency, the Department of the California Highway
Patrol, under the control of the Commissioner of the California
- Existing law, with certain exceptions, prohibits a
person who is not a citizen of the United States from being
appointed as a member of the California Highway Patrol. This bill
would remove that prohibition, and would make conforming
- (3) This bill would incorporate additional changes
to Section 1031 of the Government Code proposed by AB 2229 to be
operative only if this bill and AB 2229 are enacted and this bill
is enacted last.
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