ALADS, Protect California and SB 230 Author
Senator Anna Caballero Announce Major Amendments
to California Use of Force Bill
Los Angeles, CA – The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, members of the Protect California coalition, and Senator Anna Caballero (D – Salinas) today announced sweeping amendments to SB 230, the use of force bill that will set a national precedent by requiring consistent policies and mandatory training standards for all law enforcement agencies across the state.

“We have an opportunity to better protect citizens as well as officers, and collaboration is essential to developing the most effective and comprehensive training and use of force policies,” said Ron Hernandez, President of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. “SB 230 is an evidence-based approach focused on adopting nationally-recognized best practices with proven results. These amendments reflect input from ALADS and other impacted parties statewide.”

The bill’s author and supporters have been working with the Attorney General, legislators and community leaders throughout the state to implement the feedback they have received. With these amendments, SB 230 now:

  • Establishes the first statewide guidelines to clearly define when officers are authorized to use force.

  • Requires that every California law enforcement officer receives the most robust training in the nation strictly designed to minimize the use of force.

  • Sets specific policy requirements on de-escalation, rendering medical aid, proportional use of force and more.
  • Sets forth detailed, standardized requirements for reporting all instances when force is used in our communities.

  • Specifies that use of force policies and training are considered in legal proceedings.

  • Strengthens the California Penal Code’s definition of justifiable homicide for peace officers. 

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The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), is the collective bargaining agent representing more than 7,800 deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators working in Los Angeles County. For media inquiries, contact .