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Law Enforcement Equipment Use Policy

In 2022, California Assembly Bill 481, Government Code Section 7070 -7075 required law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of the applicable governing body, by adopting a military equipment use policy for the continued use of military equipment acquired prior to January 1, 2022.

Per AB 481, Government Code Section 7070 -7075 defines “Military equipment” in 15 categories noted below. “Military equipment” as defined by AB 481 means the following:

AB 481 Equipment Categories

(1) Unmanned, remotely piloted, powered aerial or ground vehicles.(2) Mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles or armored personnel carriers. However, police versions of standard consumer vehicles are specifically excluded from this subdivision.
(3) High mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV), commonly referred to as Humvees, two and one-half-ton trucks, five-ton trucks, or wheeled vehicles that have a breaching or entry apparatus attached. However, unarmored all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorized dirt bikes are specifically excluded from this subdivision.(4) Tracked armored vehicles that provide ballistic protection to their occupants and utilize a tracked system instead of wheels for forward motion.
(5) Command and control vehicles that are either built or modified to facilitate the operational control and direction of public safety units.(6) Weaponized aircraft, vessels, or vehicles of any kind.
(7) Battering rams, slugs, and breaching apparatuses that are explosive in nature. However, items designed to remove a lock, such as bolt cutters, or a handheld ram designed to be operated by one person, are specifically excluded from this subdivision.(8) Firearms of .50 caliber or greater. However, standard-issue shotguns are specifically excluded from this subdivision.
(9) Ammunition of .50 caliber or greater. However, standard-issue shotgun ammunition is specifically excluded from this subdivision.(10) Specialized firearms and ammunition of less than .50 caliber, including assault weapons as defined in Sections 30510 and 30515 of the Penal Code, with the exception of standard-issue service weapons and ammunition of less than .50 caliber that are issued to officers, agents, or employees of a law enforcement agency or a state agency.
(11) Any firearm or firearm accessory that is designed to launch explosive projectiles.(12) “Flashbang” grenades and explosive breaching tools, “tear gas,” and “pepper balls,” excluding standard, service-issued handheld pepper spray.
(13) Taser Shockwave, microwave weapons, water cannons, and the Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).(14) The following projectile launch platforms and their associated munitions: 40mm projectile launchers, “bean bag,” rubber bullet, and specialty impact munition (SIM) weapons.
(15) Any other equipment as determined by a governing body or a state agency to require additional oversight. 

 

SFPD Equipment Inventory

  • The following is an inventory of SFPD’s equipment, as defined by AB 481, Government Code Section 7070 -7075.
    AB 481 Equipment CategorySFPD Inventory

    (1) Unmanned, remotely piloted, powered aerial or ground vehicles. All systems in SFPD inventory are ground vehicles

    REMOTEC F6
    REMOTEC F5A
    REMOTEC RONS
    QinetiQ TALON
    QinetiQ DRAGON RUNNER

    IROBOT FirstLook

    Recon Robotics Recon Scout ThrowBot

    (2) Mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles or armored personnel carriers. However, police versions of standard consumer vehicles are specifically excluded from this subdivision.

    Lenco BearCat with a Patriot 3 Liberator Ramp System
    (3) High mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV), commonly referred to as Humvees, two and one-half-ton trucks, five-ton trucks, or wheeled vehicles that have a breaching or entry apparatus attached. However, unarmored all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorized dirt bikes are specifically excluded from this subdivision. 
    (5) Command and control vehicles that are either built or modified to facilitate the operational control and direction of public safety units.

    Ford Eagle MH, 2001
    Ford Eagle MH, 2002
    Ford E-350 Van, 1992                                                   

    Freightliner MT-55, 2012

    Freightliner Sprinter Van, 2011

    (7) Battering rams, slugs, and breaching apparatuses that are explosive in nature. However, items designed to remove a lock, such as bolt cutters, or a handheld ram designed to be operated by one person, are specifically excluded from this subdivision.

    Energetic Breaching
    Kinetic Breaching Tool

    Pan Disrupter (attached to a robot)  

    Ballistic Breacher Rounds
    (12) “Flashbang” grenades and explosive breaching tools, “tear gas,” and “pepper balls,” excluding standard, service-issued handheld pepper spray.Flash Bangs
    Pepperball Systems
    (13) Taser Shockwave, microwave weapons, water cannons, and the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).LRAD
    (14) The following projectile launch platforms and their associated munitions: 40mm projectile launchers, “bean bag,” rubber bullet, and specialty impact munition (SIM) weapons.

    40mm Launcher

    12 Gauge (GA) Pump-Action Shotgun

    12GA Super-Sock Bean Bag Model 2581
    CTS 4556 OC Impact
    CTS 4556 OC Impact
    CTS 4340 OC liquid Barricade
    CTS 4441 OC Powder Barricade
    CTS 4530 CS Impact
    CTS 4330 Liquid Barricade
    CTS 4431 Powder Barricade
    CTS 4557 Foam Baton
    CTS 5230 Baffled Canister
    CTS 6210 White Smoke Canister

     

Documents and Meetings

In support of transparency and the requirement of AB 481, please see the below documents and meeting links for your information.

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