By Todd Brown
Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 at 6:28 pm in Uncategorized.
The last single-purpose special district in California with its own police force inched closer Wednesday to getting full powers for its officers.
The state’s Senate Local Government Committee approved a bill on a 5-0 vote that would fully recognize the Broadmoor Police Protection District. Currently the agency is limited by legal wording from performing certain duties typical of local law enforcement.
“The passage of SB 230 will have a huge impact on the lives of Broadmoor residents by allowing the department to release sexual predator information to residents (and) issue certain permits,” bill author and state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, said in a statement.
Broadmoor, an unincorporated residential area encircled by Daly City, is patrolled by both Broadmoor police _ who also served adjacent Colma until 1975 _ and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Greg Munks said he supports giving Broadmoor’s 10 full-time officers and about 30 reservists full autonomy.
“We have a very good working relationship with them,” Munks said. “It’s not a competition or anything like that.”
Most special districts are in rural areas and typically contract with cities or counties for police services. SB 230 would close a loophole in the state health and safety code that excludes the Broadmoor Police Department from legislation governing city and county policing.
The issue was taken up unsuccessfully in 1996 by then-state Sen. Quentin Kopp, who ran into objections by the Sheriff’s Office at that time, according to Yee spokesman Adam Keigwin.
Now the political winds have shifted, he said, adding that the bill likely will head to the 13-member Appropriations Committee in the next couple of weeks and then to the Senate floor by late April.