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Pocket Guide to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act

By Cecil Marr and Diane Marchant
Updated by Dieter Dammeier and Richard Kreisler
14th edition, 2012

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CPER's best-selling Pocket Guide!

Known statewide as the definitive guide to the rights and obligations established by the act covering peace officer discipline, this edition includes new case law covering exceptions to the statute of limitations, adequacy of disciplinary notice, and the Spielbauer decision.

Specific topics covered by the new edition include:

  • Latest Amendment requiring notice of level of discipline within statute of limitations
  • Privacy protections using personally owned communication devices
  • Changes to appeal rights from demotions while on probation
  • Appeal rights before being put on unpaid leave when facing criminal charges
  • Circumstances under which the Act's protections can be waived
  • Appeal rights when placed on unpaid medical leave
  • Use of police officer personnel records in DMV hearings
  • Unconstitutionality of Penal Code section prohibiting false complaints against officers
  • Applicability of the Act once employment is terminated

The Pocket Guide offers a clear explanation of the protections relating to investigations, interrogations, self-incrimination, privacy, polygraph exams, searches, personnel files, administrative appeals, and more. The Guide also includes the text of act and summaries of all important cases, a table of cases, glossary, and index of terms.

This edition was revised by Dieter Dammeier and Richard M. Kreisler. Dammeier, a founding partner of Lackie, Dammeier and McGill, represents police unions and their members throughout California in labor and disciplinary matters. Kreisler provides representation and counsel to law enforcement managers throughout California and is a partner with the statewide management law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.

Contents

I. Introduction1
History of the Bill of Rights Act2
Analysis and Interpretation of the Act4
    A. Covered Employees4
    B. Procedures for Investigations of Peace Officers5
        1. Complaints from the public5
        2. The nature and scheduling of an interrogation under the Act6
        3. Representation at investigations and interrogations9
        4. Self-incrimination and the 'Lybarger warning' 11
        5. Documents to be provided13
        6. Tape recording of interrogation 14
        7. Assignment of the accused officer during investigation15
    C. Privacy 15
        1. Polygraph examinations 15
        2. Financial records16
        3. Media attention17
        4. Searches17
        5. Internet 19
    D. Personnel Files20
        1. Entries to personnel files20
        2. Access to personnel files22
        3. Confidentiality of personnel records22
            a. Legislative history of personnel files statutes22
            b. Definition of a confidential personnel record24
        4. Discovery of confidential personnel records27
            a. Motion procedure 28
            b. Relationship to the California Public Records Act34
            c. Remedies for improper disclosure35
    E. Disciplinary Proceedings 35
        1. Statutes of limitations36
        2. Penalty considerations38
        3. Evidence tampering39
    F. Administrative Appeals 39
        1. Right to an 'opportunity for administrative appeal'39
        2. Nature of an administrative appeal42
    G. Remedies for Noncompliance 46
    H. Conclusion 49
II. Statutes 50
    A. Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act 50
    B. Penal Code Definition of Public Safety Officer ("Peace Officer")64
    C. Penal Code Provisions Pertaining to Peace Officers' Rights85
    D. Evidence Code Provisions Pertaining to Peace Officers' Personnel
          Records
91
III. Major Court Decisions95
    A. Covered Employees96
    B. Interrogation Rights96
    C. Statute of Limitations99
    D. Preemption and Local Rules100
    E. Polygraph Examinations100
    F. Punitive Action, Appeal Rights: Pay Loss (Including Reduction
          While on Probation)
100
    G. Punitive Action, Appeal Rights: Personnel Documents101
    H. Punitive Action, Appeal Rights: Probationary Discharge From
          Peace Officer Status
103
    I. Punitive Action, Appeal Rights: Transfer103
    J. Punitive Action, Appeal Rights: Appeal Format104
        1. Cases directly interpreting the Act104
        2. Cases helpful in interpreting the Act 107
    K. Adverse Comments: Right to Respond 108
    L. Remedies for Violations of the Act 108
    M. Federal Decisions Interpreting the Bill of Rights Act 110
        1. Court of Appeals decisions 110
        2. Trial court decision 110
    N. Decisions Pertaining to Confidential Personnel Files110
        1. Materials Covered by Penal Code Sec. 832.5110
        2. State court procedure: notice to peace officer111
        3. State court procedure: judicial finding of "good cause" based
              on declarations
112
        4. State court procedure: in camera hearing, exclusions and
              protective orders
112
        5. Personnel record cases under the California Public Records Act 113
        6. Personnel records in federal court 114
        7. Applying a federal statute in state court 115
    O. Criminal Sanctions for Filing False Complaints Against Peace Officers115
IV. Glossary of Terms 116
V. Table of Cases 120
VI. Index to Cases and Subjects 132

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