SB 978 – Requires Law Enforcement Agencies to Publish Standards, Polices, Practices, and Training
Beginning January 1, 2020, SB 978 requires local law enforcement agencies and Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (“POST”) to post on their Internet websites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public through a California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) request.
The Legislature declared that making this information available online and easily accessible to the public helps educate the public about law enforcement policies, practices, and procedures, and is intended to increase communication and community trust while saving on costs and labor associated with responding to individual CPRA requests for this information (SB 978 adds Section 13650 to the Penal Code).
The UCSB Police Department's policy manual is a living document that is subject to constant change. New laws, court decisions, UC Policy changes, new methodologies, and other factors dictate the need for a continual review of these policies, initiating revisions where necessary and appropriate. It is recognized that no set of policies and procedures, no matter how complete, can hope to address all the situations that may be encountered. When encountering such situations, this policy manual will serve as a guideline and should be employed with sound reason, judgment, and discretion.
To keep our student, staff, faculty, visitors, and police officers safe, while being as transparent as possible, we reviewed all materials and redacted them, where necessary, according to Government Code § 6254, subs. (f). To be specific, we only redacted content:
- Describing law enforcement tactics
- Security or safety procedures
- Information not publicly known that should not be disclosed for safety, security, or investigative reasons
University of California system wide policies:
UCSB Policy Manual: Under Revision 12/07/2020