Law:Division 14. Police Protection (California)

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Part 1. Police Protection Districts

Chapter 1. In Unincorporated Towns

Article 1. Definitions And General Provisions

Ca Codes (hsc:20000-20008) Health And Safety Code Section 20000-20008



20000. "District," as used in this chapter, means a police protection district formed pursuant to this chapter or pursuant to any law which it supersedes.

20001. "Board," as used in this chapter, means the board of supervisors of the county in which it is proposed to form a district, or in which a district has been formed.


20002. "District board," as used in this chapter, means the board of police commissioners of a district.


20003. "Commissioner," as used in this chapter, means a member of the district board.


20004. Any reference in this chapter to a county or county officer is a reference to the county or officer of the county in which a district is situated.

20005. No tax levied, assessed, or collected, and no election held, pursuant to this chapter is illegal, void, or voidable on account of any error, omission, or informality, or failure to comply strictly with this chapter.

20006. A "precinct area" as used in this chapter means, with respect to the proceedings for the formation of an unincorporated town as a police protection district, an election precinct or such portion thereof as is located within the boundary of such town at the time that the petition for the formation of that town as a police protection district is presented to the board.


20007. No district shall be created or organized pursuant to this chapter after October 1, 1959. The organization, existence, or powers of any district heretofore created by, or organized pursuant to, this chapter shall continue to exist and any such district may exercise any of the powers conferred upon it by this chapter.


20008. Any district in existence on January 1, 2008, in an unincorporated town may protect and safeguard life and property, and may equip and maintain a police department, including purchasing and maintaining ambulances, and otherwise securing police protection.


Article 2.5. Election On Formation

Ca Codes (hsc:20040-20047) Health And Safety Code Section 20040-20047



20040. The board shall call and give notice of an election to be held in the proposed district to determine whether the district shall be formed, and to elect the commissioners who shall serve as the first district board.

20040.1. Within five days after the district formation election has been called, the legislative body which has called the election shall transmit, by registered mail, a written notification of the election call to the executive officer of the local agency formation commission of the county or principal county in which the territory or major portion of the territory of the proposed district is located. Such written notice shall include the name and a description of the proposed district, and may be in the form of a certified copy of the resolution adopted by the legislative body calling the district formation election. The executive officer, within five days after being notified that a district formation election has been called, shall submit to the commission, for its approval or modification, an impartial analysis of the proposed district formation. The impartial analysis shall not exceed 500 words in length and shall include a specific description of the boundaries of the district proposed to be formed. The local agency formation commission, within five days after the receipt of the executive officer's analysis, shall approve or modify the analysis and submit it to the officials in charge of conducting the district formation election.

20040.2. The board of supervisors or any member or members of the board authorized by the board, or any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens entitled to vote on the district formation proposition, or any combination of such voters and associations of citizens, may file a written argument for or a written argument against the proposed district formation. Arguments shall not exceed 300 words in length and shall be filed with the officials in charge of conducting the election not less than 54 days prior to the date of the district formation election.


20040.3. If more than one argument for or more than one argument against the proposed district formation is filed with the election officials within the time prescribed, such election officials shall select one of the arguments for printing and distribution to the voters. In selecting the arguments, the election officials shall give preference and priority in the order named to the arguments of the following: (a) The board of supervisors or any member or members of the board authorized by the board. (b) Individual voters or bona fide associations of citizens or a combination of such voters and associations.


20040.4. The elections officials in charge of conducting the election shall cause a ballot pamphlet concerning the district formation proposition to be voted on to be printed and mailed to each voter entitled to vote on the district formation question. The ballot pamphlet shall contain the following, in the order prescribed: (a) The complete text of the proposition. (b) The impartial analysis of the proposition, prepared by the local agency formation commission. (c) The argument for the proposed district formation. (d) The argument against the proposed district formation. The elections officials shall mail a ballot pamphlet to each voter entitled to vote in the district formation election at least 10 days prior to the date of the election. The ballot pamphlet is "official matter" within the meaning of Section 13303 of the Elections Code.


20041. The notice of the formation election shall contain: (a) The date of the election. (b) A description of the boundaries of the proposed district. (c) The name of the proposed police protection district, which shall contain the words "Police Protection District of ____ County" (stating the name of the county in which the district is to be located). (d) A statement that the commissioners who will serve as the first district board will be elected.

20042. The county clerk shall publish the notice of election once a week for at least two weeks prior to the formation election, in a newspaper printed and published in the district, if any, and if none, shall give such notice by posting the notice in three public places within the district for at least three weeks immediately preceding the election.


20043. At the formation election the first directors shall be elected and the following measure shall be submitted: "Shall the proposition to form ______ Police Protection District of ______ County be adopted "

20044. No person shall be a candidate for the district board unless he is a resident within the boundaries of the proposed district.


20045. The election shall be conducted, candidates nominated, the votes canvassed, and the results declared as provided by the Elections Code for election of county officers, insofar as applicable and not inconsistent with this chapter. Each person voting at the formation election shall be entitled to cast three votes for candidates for members of the first district board. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected as the first district board if the district is formed.


20046. If a majority of votes cast are in favor of forming the district, the board of supervisors shall by an order entered on its minutes declare the district formed under the name designated for it.


20047. No person is entitled to vote on the question of formation of a district, or for the first board of commissioners, unless that person is a voter within the meaning of the Elections Code, and a resident within the boundaries of the proposed district.


Article 3. Administration

Ca Codes (hsc:20060-20081) Health And Safety Code Section 20060-20081



20060. A district shall be governed by a district board of three commissioners, each of whom shall be a resident of the district.


20061. Except as otherwise provided in this article, all district elections shall be called, held, and conducted in all respects as nearly as practicable in conformity with the Uniform District Election Law.

20062. Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, the terms of office of commissioners of the board in all districts existing on January 1, 1969, shall be determined as provided in Section 10507 of the Elections Code, and the terms of office of commissioners of the board in all new districts shall be determined as provided in Section 10505 of the Elections Code.


20068. A vacancy occurring in the office of an elected commissioner shall be filled by an appointment of the board.


20069. Every commissioner shall serve without compensation.


20070. The district board shall adopt all rules and regulations necessary for the administration, operation, and maintenance of the district.

20070.5. (a) A district's police department, police chief, and employees shall have all of the rights, duties, privileges, immunities, obligations, and powers of a municipal police department. (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the act adding this section shall not affect the Broadmoor Police Protection District's current reimbursements for any state-mandated local programs.


20071. (a) The district board shall determine the number of employees, if any, necessary for the proper care and protection of the life and property of residents in the district. (b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), the district board shall appoint all district employees and prescribe their duties and compensation. All of these employees shall hold their positions at the pleasure of the district board. (c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), the district board may delegate to the chief of police the authority to appoint and dismiss district employees.


20071.5. The district may contract with a municipality within the county in which the district is located or with the county for the furnishing of police protection service by any police agency of the municipality or county.

20072. For the purpose of housing its police equipment and apparatus, and for housing its ambulances, the district board may acquire land and erect a police station; or acquire land on which a police station, or a building suitable for a police station, has been erected.


20073. Before acquiring any real property for a police station, the district board may submit to the voters in the district at a special election, or at the election for a commissioner, the proposition whether or not land shall be acquired and a police station built thereon; or whether or not land on which a police station, or a building suitable for a police station, has been erected shall be acquired. The approval or disapproval of the voters shall be binding upon the district board.


20074. All real property for a police station acquired pursuant to this article shall be conveyed to and held in the name of the "Board of Police Commissioners of the Police Protection District ______" (naming the district).

20075. The district board may pay for any real property it acquires for a police station out of money derived from the annual district tax, or out of money derived from a special tax approved by the voters in the district at an election. The procedure and conduct of an election for the approval of a special tax shall conform to that specified in this chapter for the approval of a special tax for the establishment and equipment of a police department.


20076. The district board may dispose of any real property acquired for a police station. The disposition shall, however, be first approved by the voters in the district at an election, if the property was acquired pursuant to their approval at an election. The proceeds from the disposition shall be exclusively devoted to the purchase of other real property.


20077. The district board may make and award contracts and may sue and be sued in the name of the district.


20078. The district board shall keep a correct record of all its acts and proceedings, and of all its receipts and disbursements. For that purpose, it shall procure all necessary books and blanks. The books of the district board shall be open to public inspection at all times.


20079. Each commissioner shall, at the expiration of his term of office, turn over to his successor all books and documents in his possession belonging to the district board and take a receipt therefor.

20080. All accounts, bills, and demands against the district shall be audited, allowed, and paid by the district board by warrants of the county auditor drawn on the county treasurer upon orders of the district board. The county treasurer shall honor the warrants in the order in which they are presented.

20081. In addition to the duties specified in this chapter, the district board shall perform such other duties as are proper and necessary to carry out this part.


Article 4. Taxation

Ca Codes (hsc:20101-20113) Health And Safety Code Section 20101-20113



20101. The district board shall call an election at which it shall submit to the voters in the district the question whether a special tax shall be levied for establishing and equipping a police department for the protection of life and property in the district.


20102. The election shall be called by posting notices in three of the most public places in the district for not less than ten days; and if there is a newspaper printed and published in the district, by publishing a notice in at least two regular issues of the newspaper.


20103. The notice shall specify the time and place of the election, and the amount required for the establishment and equipment of the police department.

20104. The ballots used at the election shall contain the words "Tax--Yes," and "Tax--No."


20105. The district board shall appoint three judges and two clerks to conduct the election. The election shall be conducted as far as practicable pursuant to the general election law; but neither a new register nor legal ballot paper is required, and the polls may be opened at eight o'clock a.m., and closed at five o'clock p.m. on the day of the election.


20106. Within twenty-four hours after the election, the judges of the election shall report and certify to the district board the number of votes cast for and against the tax.


20107. If the majority of the votes cast are in favor of the tax, the district board shall report to the board the amount of money authorized to be raised.

20108. The district board shall make an annual estimate of the amount of money required during the ensuing fiscal year for the maintenance of any police department established in the district, and for the cost of any other thing necessary for carrying out this part; and shall submit it to the board not later than the first day of July of each year.


20109. The auditor of each county in which a district is located shall allocate to the district, its share of property tax revenue pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 95) of Part 0.5 of Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.


20110. A district may levy special taxes services pursuant to the following: (a) Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 50075) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Government Code. (b) Article 16 (commencing with Section 53970) of Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code.


20112. All money collected pursuant to this article shall be paid into the county treasury for the use of the district. The county treasurer shall pay it out on warrants of the county auditor drawn on the county treasurer upon orders of the district board.


20113. The county treasurer shall not receive any compensation for performing duties relating to the receipt and disbursement of money collected pursuant to this article.


Article 4.1. Claims

Ca Codes (hsc:20115) Health And Safety Code Section 20115



20115. All claims for money or damages against the district are governed by Part 3 (commencing with Section 900) and Part 4 (commencing with Section 940) of Division 3.6 of Title 1 of the Government Code except as provided therein, or by other statutes or regulations expressly applicable thereto.


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