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Less Heralded Than AB 392, SB 230 May Have Greater Long Term Impact on Police Practices
This article highlights two laws passed this year by California’s Legislature that have profound impact on police officers – Assembly Bill 392 and Senate Bill 230. These laws become effective January 1, 2020. AB 392 amends Penal Code Section 192 and 835a and updates the standards under which police use of force is judged. SB 230 states that use of force policies must incorporate 20 specific items, including a “requirement that officers utilize de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention tactics, and other alternatives to force when feasible.” AB 392 changes the rules for police use of force but SB 230 puts policy and training requirements in place that will impact how police view their roles and interact with the public.
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