Week of January 26, 2015 
by Shaun Rundle, Government Affairs and Public Safety Specialist 
The legislative momentum concerning today’s most prevalent law enforcement issues are scheduled to be addressed, among others, in the 23rd Annual Alliance of Law Enforcement Legislative Day event. This annual event, taking place on March 3-4, 2015 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. will be comprised of legislative and law enforcement leaders from around California who will discuss legislation and the public safety practices they address. CPOA encourages its members to register and attend this event, so that you can provide your agency’s voice concerning pressing matters of the day. Invited speakers include Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committee Chairs. Members wishing to attend are also encouraged to schedule meetings with their local elected officials after 2:00 p.m. to gain insight on California’s legislative priorities. 

Issues are plenty, as the news events around law enforcement practices that dominated the last quarter of 2014 have permeated into legislation that has been introduced by both new and returning members of California’s Legislature. Although national incidents are not always indicative of practices in our state, the concern with public safety operations remains at the forefront of the public’s mind. 

Body cameras for instance are a much-discussed issue these days, and are one of the topics the event will cover. Three bills have been introduced thus far regarding body cameras (AB 65, AB 66, and AB 69), and CPOA has been in contact with the authors of each bill and other legislators to provide a law enforcement prospective. 

CPOA has also had discussions with legislators and staff around date-rape drugs, automated license plate readers (ALPR), hidden gas tax, and bills that are attempting to close Proposition 47 felony crime sentence reductions. Updates on these discussions as well legislative focuses going forward will be part of the Legislative Day conversation.

The time to make your agency’s voice heard is critical, and CPOA encourages its members to take advantage of all that the Alliance of Law Enforcement Legislative Day has to offer. Register now!

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