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Broadmoor police await governor’s signature

By rgordon
Friday, July 20th, 2007 at 8:06 pm in Uncategorized.

The Broadmoor Police Protection District is just one signature away from full recognition.

Today the state Assembly unanimously approved a bill amending California Health and Safety Code to grant police protection districts like Broadmoor all the rights, duties, privileges, immunities, obligations and powers of a municipal police department. The bill was also passed unanimously by the Senate in May.

Now, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have twelve days to sign or veto the measure.

The bill, SB 230, is sponsored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, whose district includes Broadmoor.

“Broadmoor Police provide all the services of a municipal police department and therefore they should be granted all the same rights and privileges as well,” Yee said in a statement. “SB 230 will have a great impact on the lives of Broadmoor residents by allowing the police department to release sexual predator information, issue certain permits, and prevent future inadvertent legislative omissions.”

Its life in purgatory has left Broodmoor police no choice but to refer the town’s more than 4,000 residents to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for some law enforcement services.

In addition to city police and county sheriffs’ departments, there are fifteen special police districts in California. But Broadmoor is the only police protection district that maintains its own force of sworn police officers, as the others contract with their respective sheriffs’ offices for services.

“As the last of its kind, Broadmoor police have been repeatedly and inadvertently left out of legislation granting powers to local law enforcement agencies,” Yee said.

According to Yee’s office, former state Sen. Quentin Kopp attempted similar legislation in 1998 but the bill stalled in the Senate Local Government Committee.

Previously: Broadmoor police powers bill chugs forward

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