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Senate Bill 1421

Effective January 1, 2019, SB 1421 requires the disclosure of records and information relating to the following types of incidents:

  • Records related to the report, investigation, or findings of an incident involving the discharge of a firearm at a person by a peace officer.

  • Records related to the report, investigation or findings of an incident in which the use of force by a peace officer against a person results in death or great bodily injury.

  • Records related to an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency that a peace officer engaged in sexual assault involving a member of the public. “Sexual assault” is defined for the purposes of bill as the commission or attempted initiation of a sexual act with a member of the public by means of force, threat, coercion, extortion, offer of leniency or any other official favor, or under the color of authority.   The propositioning for or commission of any sexual act while on duty is considered a sexual assault.

  • Records related to an incident in which a sustained finding of dishonesty by a peace officer directly related to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime, or directly related to the reporting of, or investigation of misconduct by, another peace officer, including but not limited to, any sustained finding of perjury, false statements, filing false reports, destruction of evidence or falsifying or concealing of evidence.

As a result of SB 1421, the Truckee Police Department has decided to post links to any incident of which we have internal investigation records relating to any of the above content.  Any requests for information will be referred back to this web page, as this content contains all releasable documentation based on the requirements of SB 1421 currently retained by this agency.

Through the Town’s review of its records, the Town has identified the following materials that are exempt which may otherwise come within the scope of a request for S.B. 1421 records:  Incident reports contain information that is personal and non-disclosable under the California Public Records Act, including persons’ names, addresses, phone numbers, workplaces, driver’s license numbers, as well as other medical, financial and personally identifiable information.  The release of such information would be an unwarranted invasion of privacy and would not be in the public interest, as the public interest in disclosure is clearly outweighed by the public interest in retaining the confidentiality of the information. See, e.g., Penal Code Section 832.7(b)(5) and (6); Government Code Sections 6254(c), (f) and (k), and 6255; Civil Code Section 1798.3(a); Evidence Code Section 1040; and City of San Jose v. Superior Court (1999) 74 Cal.App.4th 1008.  Communications between the City and its attorneys are subject to attorney-client privilege pursuant to Government Code Sections 6254(k) (Evidence Code Sections 950 et seq.) and 6276.04 and the attorney work product doctrine (Code of Civil Procedure Sections 2018.010 through 2018.080).

 No records currently exist for the Truckee Police Department that meets the criteria detailed in SB 1421 (Penal Code Sections 832.7 & 832.8).

Senate Bill 978

Commencing January 1, 2020, SB 978 requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and each local law enforcement agency to conspicuously post on their Internet Web sites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public if a request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act. By imposing this requirement on local law enforcement agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Training

The Truckee Police Department places high value on the training of our sworn officers and civilian employees to maintain a superior level of competency in serving the residents of the Town of Truckee.

Police Officers must be certified by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board prior to date of hire. For further information on POST certification, please visit POST. Once hired, a new officer must go through our Field Training Officer (FTO) program. New officers are assigned to an experienced Truckee Police Department Field Training Officers throughout the FTO program.  Daily evaluations are given to document progress through this training period.

To sustain an officer's skill level and prepare them for the unpredictable environment in which he/she works, a commissioned officer attends training annually. Effective January 1, 2002, all peace officers (except reserve officers) below the middle management position and assigned to patrol, traffic, or investigation who routinely effect the physical arrest of criminal suspects are required to complete Perishable Skills and Communications training. In-lieu of completing the training, the requirement may be met by successfully passing a presenter-developed test that measures the approved training objectives. These perishable skills include ACT, Range, EVOC, Tac-Com and Driver Training. Below shows our compliance as an agency for 2018. 

Training

 

 

Additionally, officers and detectives have the opportunity to attend various other trainings to develop their skills for specialized disciplines and assignments. In 2018 the following additional training took place by Truckee Police Officers:

  • Officer Involved Shootings

  • Basic Traffic Collision Investigations

  • Advanced Traffic Collision Invest

  • Baton Instructor Update

  • Simunitions Instructor Course

  • Wildland Arson Investigation

  • Robbery Investigator’s Conference

  • LIDAR

  • CRIA

  • ICI-Core Course

  • Death Investigations

  • DUI Detection

  • Radar / LIDAR

  • Field Training Officer

  • ICI Sex Assault

  • ICI Child Abuse

  • Child Abduction Prevention

  • POST Supervisory Course

  • De-Tac Instructor Update

 

Use of Force

 Use of Force

  •  In 2018, the Truckee Police Department initiated and/or responded to 15, 2622 calls for service.
  • During these calls for service, 489 individuals were taken into custody.

  • Use of force was reported on sixteen (16) of the 489 arrests (3.2% of all arrests and 0.10% of all incidents).

  • Of the 16 arrests/incidents where force was used, Officer Physical Contact occurred 17 times and Officer Firearms Display was used 12 times. There were no uses of deadly force. No other forms of force were reported and all incidents of force were reviewed as within policy with no training issues noted.

  • It is noted that with 15, 2622 calls for service in 2018, there were only two (2) civilian complaints.

Civilian Complaint

A relationship of trust and confidence between members of the police department and the community they serve is essential to effective law enforcement. Law enforcement officers must be free to exercise their best judgement and to initiate enforcement action in a reasonable, lawful and impartial manner without fear of reprisal. So, too, enforcers of the law have a special obligation to respect meticulously the rights of all persons.

The Truckee Police Department acknowledges its responsibility to establish a system of complaint and disciplinary procedures which not only will subject the officer to corrective action when he/she conducts improperly, but also will protect the officer from unwarranted criticism when the officer discharges his/her duties properly.

It is the purpose of these procedures to provide prompt, just, open and expeditious disposition on complaints regarding the conduct of members and employees of the department. To this end, citizens are encouraged to bring complaints about department operations and the conduct of its members to the attention of the Truckee Police Department whenever a citizen believes that such an act is improper.

The overriding purposes of the procedure, as stated above, is to improve police services to the community. Swift and fair disciplinary action not only increases the general level of performance, but also manifests the department’s concern for the community. Equally important is the need to expose the false or malicious complaint which, if not disproved, would weaken public confidence and trust in the police.

If you would like to speak to a supervisor about police misconduct we encourage you to either make personal contact at the Truckee Police Department (10183 Truckee Airport Road) or speak to a supervisor over the phone (530-550-2323).

If you would like to complete a formal Civilian Complaint from, it can be downloaded from the link here.