AB 481 Compliance


Compton College - AB 481 Compliance

On September 30, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 481 (“AB 481’’) into law, which has become effective January 1, 2022. This assembly bill aims at increasing transparency of peace officer misconduct records and creates a system to decertify peace officers for serious misconduct, improving policing responsibility and accountability guidelines, raising eligibility standards, banning harmful restraint techniques, and creates a public forum for the funding, acquisition, and use of military equipment.

AB 481 was authored by Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address the funding, acquisition, and use of Military Equipment by law enforcement agencies.

Our mission is to provide a safe and secure educational environment while respecting the rights and dignity of all individuals at Compton College.

The Assembly Bill has designated the following categories of items as military equipment. The Compton College Police Department has equipment that meets the criteria for 4 of the 15 categories (categories 7, 9, 13, and 14)

AB 481 Definition of Military Equipment

  • Unmanned, remotely piloted, powered aerial or ground vehicles (Equipment Category 1) Not Acquired 
  • Mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles or armored personnel carriers (Equipment Category 2) Not Acquired 
  • or wheeled vehicles that have a breaching or entry apparatus attached (Equipment Category 3) Not Acquired 
  • Tracked armored vehicles that provide ballistic protection to their occupants (Equipment Category 4) Not Acquired 
  • Command and control vehicles that are either built or modified to facilitate the operational control and direction of public safety units (Equipment Category 5) Not Acquired 
  • Weaponized aircraft, vessels, or vehicles of any kind (Equipment Category 6) Not Acquired 
  • Battering rams, slugs, and breaching apparatuses that are explosive in nature (Equipment Category 7)Less Lethal Shotgun: is used to deploy the less-lethal 12-gauge Super-Sock Beanbag Round
  • Firearms and ammunition of .50 caliber or greater, excluding standard-issue shotguns and standard-issue shotgun ammunition (Equipment Category 8) Not Acquired 
  • Specialized firearms and ammunition of less than .50 caliber, including firearms and accessories identified as assault weapons in Penal Code § 30510 and Penal Code §30515, with the exception of standard-issue handguns (Equipment Category 9)AR 15 (Patrol) and MP5 Rifles (Special Rescue Teams): Firing a .223 bullet having greater accuracy over a long distance.
  • Any firearm or firearm accessory that is designed to launch explosive projectiles (Equipment Category 10) Not Acquired 
  • Noise-flash diversionary devices and explosive breaching tools (Equipment Category 11) Not Acquired 
  • Munitions containing tear gas or OC, excluding standard, service-issued handheld pepper spray (Equipment Category 12) Not Acquired 
  • TASER® Shockwave, microwave weapons, water cannons, and long-range acoustic devices (Equipment Category 13)TASER® X26P
  • Kinetic energy weapons and munitions (Equipment Category 14)LMT Single Launcher (40mm) Launchers and Rounds are utilized by department personnel as a less-lethal tool to launch impact rounds.
  • Any other equipment as determined by a governing body or a state agency to require additional oversight (Equipment Category 15) Not Acquired

Police Department Manual 706 (PDF)


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