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April 3, 2015


CSLEA Sponsors and Supports Senate Bill 448


"We as SPPOs require this very important evidentiary tool within our patrol gear.  This will not only protect our officers, the public and our department, but it can confirm the guilty and acquit the innocent.  This is an issue which is long overdue for SPPOs and Wardens." - John Geno Lucich, RPPOA Secretary


SACRAMENTO -  On February 25, 2015, Senator Kathleen Galgiani introduced Senate Bill 448, a bill sponsored and supported by the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.

"SB 448 would  authorize many of CSLEA's peace officer members to record conversations with the public just as the vast majority of other peace officer groups do,  like police officers and sheriff's deputies," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.  "As everyone knows,  cities, counties and the Highway Patrol are moving toward the use of body cameras which promotes transparency.  SB 448 paves the way for any future use of body cameras for the various law enforcement departments within the State.  When the various departments decide to go with body cameras, SB 448 means they're good to go.  SB 448 would extend that authorization to include, among others,  any peace officer of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control,  the California Exposition and State Fair, State Investigators at the various State departments and State Hospital Police Officers and Peace Officer I's."


Under existing law, recording a conversation without express permission of the party being recorded is generally considered wire-tapping and prohibited.  The current law provides an exception  for  a select, but vast, majority of peace officers in California.  The peace officers who would gain the authority to record conversations from SB 448 face many of the same situations that those peace officers who currently have this authority,  face.


"SB 448 promotes transparency for interactions between the public and California's peace officers.  We already know the value of recordings in resolving issues out on the street and in a courtroom," Barcelona said.  "We thank Senator Galgiani for introducing this very important bill."





"RPPOA is dedicated to represent and promote the economic, professional interests, work place safety, accountability, training, general working conditions and employment of its members. Our goal is to assist whenever possible in all matters pertaining to the welfare, education, and advancement of its Peace Officer members, so as to better serve and protect the people of California and our most treasured natural, historic and cultural resources of the state of California."