Assembly Bill (AB) 481 - Military Equipment Use Policy 

Military Equipment Funding, Acquisition, and Use Policy

Effective January 1, 2022, Assembly Bill (AB) 481 requires law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of the applicable governing body (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. 

Requirements

Assembly Bill (AB) 481 requires each law enforcement agency's governing body to adopt a written military use policy by ordinance in addition to other requirements by the bill. The following are required:

  • Publish the draft military equipment use policy to the Police Department’s website 30 days ahead of a public hearing to approve the policy.
  • Obtain approval by 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. (See definitions below)
  • Publish an annual report by the law enforcement agency to include each type of military equipment approved by the governing body.
  • Annual review of the military equipment use ordinance by the governing body, and option to either disapprove a renewal of a type of military equipment or amend the military equipment use policy if it determines that the military equipment does not comply with standards for approval.
  • Hold at least one well-publicized and conveniently located community engagement meeting within 30 days of submitting and publicly releasing the annual military equipment report.

Definition of Military Equipment

AB 481 designates the following categories of items as military equipment:

  • Unmanned, remotely piloted, powered aerial or ground vehicles
  • Mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles or armored personnel carriers
  • High mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV), two-and-one-half-ton trucks, five-ton trucks, or wheeled vehicles that have a breaching or entry apparatus attached
  • Tracked armored vehicles that provide ballistic protection to their occupants and utilize a tracked system instead of wheels for forward motion
  • Command and control vehicles that are either built or modified to facilitate the operational control and direction of public safety units
  • Weaponized aircraft, vessels, or vehicles of any kind
  • Battering rams, slugs, and breaching apparatuses that are explosive in nature 
  • Firearms and ammunition of .50 caliber or greater, excluding standard-issue shotguns and standard-issue shotgun ammunition
  • 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
  • Any firearm or firearm accessory that is designed to launch explosive projectiles
  • “Flashbang” grenades and explosive breaching tools, “tear gas,” and “pepper balls,” excluding standard, service-issued handheld pepper spray
  • Taser Shockwave, microwave weapons, water cannons, and long-range acoustic devices
  • Projectile launch platforms and their associated munitions including 40mm projectile launchers, “bean bag,” rubber bullet, and specialty impact munition weapons
  • Any other equipment as determined by a governing body or a state agency to require additional oversight


UPCOMING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING 

California’s Assembly Bill 481 mandates annual reports from police, detailing their “Military Equipment”, its uses and public feedback.  To help guide this process, RPD has created a summary of AB 481 for our community and is hosting a Community Engagement Meeting to discuss our report, share our current inventory of “Military Equipment” and answer any questions from the public. 

WHEN: Monday, February 5, 2024*

5:30pm

Via Zoom!

 

*Meeting has been rescheduled from Thursday 1/25 to Monday 2/5


TO REGISTER FOR THIS ZOOM WEBINAR, PLEASE VISIT THE LINK BELOW

PARA REGISTRARSE A LA REUNION DE ZOOM, PORFAVOR VISITA EL ENLACE DE ABAJO

LINK/ENLACE: AB481 Community Engagement Meeting Registration

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Community Concerns and Complaints 

Members of the public may register complaints or concerns or submit questions to:

POLICE DEPARTMENT AB 481 COORDINATOR

Captain John Lopez

Criminal Investigations Bureau 

S.W.A.T. Commander

Monday-Thursday / 6am-4pm


  1. aB481 ANNUAL REPORTS
  2. AB481 SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

ANNUAL REPORTS

Military Equipment Use Statistics

2024 Statistics:

Use TypeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSeptOctNovDecYTD Total
Breaching Shotgun0










0
Chemical Agents0










0
Diversionary  Devices0










0
Less Lethal Impact Devices & Kinetic Energy Projectiles1










1
Mobile Command Center0










0
Patrol Rifles & Ammunition0










0
Tactical Robot0










0
Unmanned Aerial System3










3
Total4










4


Year Over Year Statistics:

Use Type
2023
2024
2025
Breaching Shotgun2

Chemical Agents0

Diversionary Devices38

Less Lethal Impact Devices & Kinetic Energy Projectiles
6

Mobile Command Center
8

Patrol Rifles & Ammunition2

Tactical Robot0

Unmanned Aerial System111

Total167