This week, several bills from Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Public Safety Bill Package passed Senate Committee on Public Safety: AB 2515 relating to proprietary security services reporting, AB 2644 Custodial interrogation, AB 1720 Care facilities: criminal background checks, and AB 1737 Children’s camps: safety.
AB 2515 would require a person registered as a proprietary private security officer to deliver a written report to the director describing the circumstances surrounding the discharge of any firearm, or physical altercation with a member of the public while on duty, in a manner similar to the above-described report required from a person licensed as a private patrol operator.
AB 2644 would prohibit the use of statements made by youth (25 years of age or younger) as evidence in criminal or juvenile court proceedings if they were made during interrogations where law enforcement used threats, physical harm, deception, or psychologically manipulative tactics. The bill recognizes that this age range should also be shielded from improper interrogation methods.
AB 1720 would streamline the licensure process for those that have been convicted of a crime to ensure that an unrelated prior conviction does not prohibit a qualified, rehabilitated person from securing employment. The bill would not make major changes to the procedure for licensing foster family homes, certified family homes or resource family homes of a licensed foster family agency.
AB 1737 would increase oversight for children’s day camps, to the greatest extent possible by the requiring the presence of at least two mandated reporters whenever administrators, employees or volunteers are in contact with, or supervising children.
“When we make intentional changes in the legislature, we create safer communities by continuing to provide solutions that work,” said Assemblymember Holden.