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 initial ordinance and policy went into effect on June 16, 2022.

At the May 15, 2023 City Council meeting, the San Leandro Police Department presented the Annual Report on the Military Equipment, Funding, Acquisition and Use Policy, as well as an updated policy itself for Council Approval.  On June 5, 2023, by a vote of 7-0, the City Council approved the updated policy language and renewal of the ordinance.

The updated ordinance and policy went into effect on July 5, 2023.

Per policy, on February 21, 2024, the department will hold a public meeting to discuss our AB 481 Military Equipment Annual Report for 2023 at the regularly scheduled Community Police Review Board meeting.

Below is the draft updated Military Equipment Inventory List.

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.

Draft Proposed Military Equipment Inventory List (02/15/2024)

Approved Military Equipment Use Policy and Inventory List (06/05/2023)

AB 481 Full Text

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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).