AB 1199 POLICE-CANINE ENCOUNTERS PROTECTION ACT HELD IN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Silver Linings in Stalled
AB 1199 Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act
We are disappointed to report that AB 1199, the Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act, has stalled in the Appropriations Committee due to staff's concerns regarding costs of implementing the training program. Yet, despite the bill not moving forward, there are several positive outcomes from this process.
Firstly, by introducing the bill, Assemblymember Nazarian put a much-needed spotlight on the issue of police-canine encounters that end with a dead or injured dog. This problem has flown under the radar of our legislators for too long, but thanks to Assemblymember Nazarian and the SCIL team, that is no longer the case.
Secondly, through this process we found that the tracking of canine shootings is severely lacking and nearly impossible to find. SCIL is leading discussions of implementing a uniform reporting system across the state would go a long way towards reducing police-canine encounters that end badly, and help to quantify the problem and justify the cost for training.
Lastly, a pilot program showing the benefits of the training in two or three counties may be possible and is also being discussed among stakeholders. A successful pilot program would be invaluable in ushering this mandatory training at a statewide level.
Thank you to everyone who sent in a support letter and made phone calls. There was never a doubt the training was needed, it was the cost to implement the bill that was the issue.