Assembly Bill 481 was signed by the Governor on September 30, 2021. It is aimed at increasing law enforcement transparency. In part, it categorizes certain police equipment as “Military Equipment” and requires agencies to inform their governing body (City Council) and the public that we possess the equipment.
GVPD possesses small unmanned aircraft (drones) and some less-lethal munitions (tear-gas, rubber projectiles, bean-bag projectiles, etc.) that the state has classified as “military equipment”.
In the spirit of transparency, the Grass Valley Police Department will host a community meeting to discuss AB481 and to display this equipment. We will have the items available for public viewing and officers will be available to discuss policy and state law that governs their use. All are invited to attend.
This meeting will take place on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Grass Valley Council Chambers – 125 E. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA