On September 30, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved
Assembly Bill 481, requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain
approval from the applicable governing body (City Council), by
adoption of a military equipment use policy.
Assembly Bill 481 allows the governing body to approve the
funding, acquisition, and use of military equipment within its
jurisdiction, only if it determines that the military equipment
meets specified standards. The Military Equipment Use Policy is
subject to City Council review to determine whether the standards
set forth in Assembly Bill 481 have been met, based upon an
Annual Military Equipment Use Report.