AB 481 requires that local police departments share information regarding the funding, acquisition, and use of military equipment.
The Folsom Police Department does not currently own or maintain any surplus military equipment. However, some of the equipment we use does meet the legislation's definition of military equipment.
According to AB 481, Folsom Police Department and other law enforcement agencies must adopt a written military equipment use policy by ordinance in a public forum if they wish to continue the use of previously acquired equipment and to acquire new equipment. The Folsom City Council was asked to adopt an ordinance approving the proposed military equipment use policy at its regular meeting April 26.
The list of AB 481 defined equipment includes a description of each item, its intended purpose and authorized use, financial impact, rules that govern the use of the equipment, and the training that is required before any FPD personnel use the equipment.
Folsom Police Department hosts opportunities for members of the public to learn more about this equipment and provide input. Check back here for the next opportunity to learn more about our equipment.