AB 481 - Military Equipment and Use Policy
California Assembly Bill 481 requires the San Leandro Police Department to obtain City Council approval by the 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, on April 1, 2022, the San Leandro Police Department created a link to all of the required materials including the draft policy, current applicable equipment, and the full text of the bill.
At the May 2, 2022, City Council meeting, the San Leandro Police Department presented this military use policy to the City Council and discussed AB 481. By a vote of 7-0, the City Council voted to present the ordinance for final adoption at the May 16, 2022, City Council meeting. By another 7-0 vote, the City Council adopted the ordinance.
This ordinance and policy went into effect on June 16, 2022.
At the May 15, 2023 City Council meeting, the San Leandro Police Department will present the Annual Report on the Military Equipment, Funding, Acquisition and Use Policy, as well as the policy itself for Council Approval. At this time, members of the public will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding the Annual Report and the policy. Meeting information can be found here: https://sanleandro.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.
To submit questions, concerns, or complaints about the use of each specific type of equipment outlined in this policy, please send a detailed email, along with a preferred contact method to [email protected]. A member of the San Leandro Police Department will respond back to you within 10 business days.
NOTE: The San Leandro Police Department does not utilize, any equipment procured from the United States Department of Defense through the Law Enforcement Support Program (also known as the 1028 or 1033 program).