The bill requires the department of law (department) to implement a pilot grant program (grant program) to support a law enforcement agency to retain and recruit qualified and trained P.O.S.T.-certified peace officers. The department may award grants to help fund retention programs, recruitment purposes, and to provide financial resources for law enforcement academy training, academy trainees, and continuing education opportunities. For the 2022-23 state fiscal year, $5 million is appropriated from the general fund to the P.O.S.T. board cash fund to be spent in accordance with the purpose of the grant program and requires that no more than 2% of the appropriated funds be used for administrative purposes.
The bill establishes a P.O.S.T. board committee to review grant applications and advise the department on the grant program. The bill grants the attorney general the power to administer the requirements of the grant program. The grant program is repealed effective July 1, 2024.
Under current law, there is a peace officer behavioral health support and community partnership grant program (program). The program specifies the purposes that grants can be used for. The bill adds to the program purposes services that support peace officers involved in job-related traumatic situations. Additionally, for state fiscal year 2022-23, the bill appropriates $5 million from the general fund to the peace officers behavioral health support and community partnership fund.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)