On September 30, 2021, the Governor of the State of California approved Assembly Bill 481 requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain approval from the applicable governing body (Town Council) to use any equipment defined as military equipment by AB 481 by adopting a military equipment use policy. AB 481 declares the public has a right to know about any funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment as well as a right to participate in the decision to fund, acquire, or use such equipment. The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is committed to adopting internal processes related to the funding, acquisition, and use of defined military equipment as codified by Government Code sections § 7070, § 7071, and § 7072, which can be found here:
AB 481 outlines fifteen categories of equipment that is defined as “military equipment,” ranging from remote piloted drone or robotic equipment to simunition firearms used only for training purposes. Of these fifteen categories or equipment, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department acquires and has available for use three (3) of the fifteen (15) categories of equipment – two of the three categories of equipment are primarily or solely used for wildlife diversion (Pepperball Launcher and Munitions, Bean-Bag Shotguns and Rounds, Rubber Slugs). The third category of equipment the Mammoth Lakes Police Department will have consists of an unarmed drone.
For a full list of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department’s inventory of this military equipment, as defined by AB 481, and to review our draft policy, please click here.
This item will be introduced to Council on April 20, 2022 for final consideration of ordinance approval on May 18, 2022. Public comments are welcome.