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Senate Bill 94 (Tenney-1951)

Chapter 763, Statutes of 1951

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The Legislative Memorandum from the Legislative Secretary to the Governor described Senate Bill 94, stating:

Amends Section 817 of the Penal Code defining and classifying peace officers. It includes as a peace officer, the undersheriff and deputy sheriffs regularly employed and paid as such, inspectors and investigators regularly employed and paid as such in the office of a district attorney, members of the California Highway Patrol, policemen of the State Harbor Commissioners for San Francisco Harbor, the Chief and the Inspectors of the Bureau of Food and Drug Inspections. It places peace officers for the limited purpose of carrying out their particular duties as those who are the investigators and inspectors of the District Attorney’s Office, the San Francisco Harbor policemen, the Highway Patrolmen, the Food and Drug Inspection Bureau, its Chief and Inspectors, the State Board of Pharmacy inspectors, and the investigators of the State Board of Medical Examiners and of the State Board of Osteopathic Examiners and the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and provides that each are respectively peace officers for the purpose only of carrying out the duties of their respective employment.

The measure further provides that where any law designates certain persons as peace officers they shall be deemed such only for the purpose of the law designating them as such. It also provides that the restriction of peace officer functions of any public officer or employee shall not affect his status for purposes of retirement.
(See Exhibit #4, document PE-12)

According to this Legislative Memorandum, the District Attorneys’ and Peace Officers’ Association pointed out that “. . . in several respects the measure corrects the title of enforcement personnel to conform to official civil service designations in accordance with the Department of Professional and Vocational Standards.” (See Exhibit #4, document PE 13)

There were two companion bills seeking to amend Penal Code section 817 with the identical language introduced in Senate Bill 94 in the 1951 Legislative Session.

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