Petaluma Police Department has historically utilized specialty equipment to increase the safety of the community. Click on the links below to learn about some of this equipment, including the policies and procedures associated with its use and the history associated with the acquisition of the equipment.
Additional information; Chief's statement regarding standard issue duty rifles.
MILITARY EQUIPMENT FUNDING, ACQUISITION, AND USE POLICY (AB 481)
The Petaluma Police Department has a longstanding commitment to maintaining public safety readiness by ensuring police officers are properly trained and equipped with the necessary safety equipment to safeguard the lives and property of Petaluma community members while maintaining the highest levels of officer safety and through best policing standards and practices.
There is significant interest in ensuring that law enforcement continues to have access to state of the art equipment that will provide for the safety of community members and our police officers that include as many options as possible to safeguard lives, ensure safety, increase opportunities for de-escalation through crisis communications, time, and distance to peacefully resolve critical emergency events while protecting civil liberties.
California Assembly Bill (AB) 481 now requires law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of the applicable governing body (Mayor and City Council), by adoption of a military equipment use policy prior to taking certain actions relating to the funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment as defined by the legislature.
To help guide this process, and create transparency for our community, Petaluma Police Department established this webpage to provide all required materials including draft policy, current applicable equipment, and full text of the bill. AB 481 does not apply to standard issued duty firearms which include officers' handgun, shotgun, and rifle.
On April 18, 2022, the City of Petaluma gave public notice on AB 481 at the Council Meeting. The staff report and recording for that meeting can be located here.
On June 6, 2022 at 6:30pm, the City of Petaluma will hold a public hearing on AB 481 at the Council Meeting. Please visit the City's webpage on The City Of Petaluma Public Meeting Agendas, Minutes And Videos for information on how to participate. City Council agendas and staff reports are made available on the same webpage in advance of the Council Meeting.
Below you will find the documents associated with this agenda item for June 6, 2022.
Comments and Complaints regarding AB 481 can be emailed to the Petaluma Police Department at [email protected]