AB 481 – Military Equipment Use Policy & Inventory List
Assembly Bill AB 481, codified as Government Code Section 7070 et seq., went into effect on January 1, 2022 and requires law enforcement agencies that seek to continue use of military type equipment, accomplish the following by May 1, 2022:
- Draft a military equipment use policy that describes each piece of military equipment, including quantity, capabilities, purchase cost, purpose, authorized uses, and fiscal impact for each piece of equipment;
- Seek approval of the policy from their governing body by ordinance; and,
- Make publicly available on the agency’s website any proposed or final military equipment use policy for as long as the military equipment is available for use.
After posting the policy on the agency’s website for a minimum of 30 days, the governing body may then approve the policy by ordinance at a regular meeting in order for the agency to continue using the military equipment.
Thereafter, on an annual basis, the governing body will review the military equipment use policy, renew the ordinance at a regular meeting, and receive an annual report prepared by the law enforcement agency to include how any equipment was used in the prior year, a summary of any complaints or concerns received, the results of any internal audits, policy violations, total annual cost, quantities and new acquisitions planned in the next year.
If the governing body does not approve the continuing use of military equipment within 180 days of posting the policy, the law enforcement agency shall cease its use of the military equipment until it receives the approval.
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