Starting January 1, 2019, California law enforcement officers and dispatchers will be required to receive educational training about the LGBTQ community.
Under Assembly Bill 2504, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday, the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop a course of training for California peace officers and dispatchers on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity differences.
“Too many LGBTQ people, especially transgender women of color, have had interactions with law enforcement that make it crystal clear that such training is needed,” Rick Zbur, executive director Equality California, which supported the bill, said in a statement.
California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training will update their standards to require ongoing training for law enforcement officers, administrators, executives, and dispatchers.
The commission also will require peace officers be trained on how to respond to incidents involving LGBTQ people.
The bill was written by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley).