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Kristen Smart Campus Safety Act   

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(a) The Legislature reaffirms that campus law enforcement agencies have the primary authority for providing police or security services, including the investigation of criminal activity, to their campuses.

(b) The governing board of each community college district shall adopt rules requiring each of their respective campuses to enter into written agreements with local law enforcement agencies that clarify operational responsibilities for investigations of Part 1 violent crimes occurring on each campus.

(c) Local law enforcement agencies shall enter into written agreements with community college campus law enforcement agencies if there are community college campuses located in the jurisdictions of the local law enforcement agencies.

(d) Each written agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall designate which law enforcement agency shall have operational responsibility for the investigation of each Part 1 violent crime and delineate the specific geographical boundaries of each agency's operational responsibility, including maps as necessary.

(e) Written agreements regarding community college law enforcement agencies entered into pursuant to this section or pursuant to Section 67381 as that section read before January 1, 2016, shall be available for public viewing.

(f) Each agency shall be responsible for its own costs of investigation unless otherwise specified in a written agreement.

(g) Nothing in this section shall affect existing written agreements between community college campus law enforcement agencies and local law enforcement agencies that otherwise meet the standards contained in subdivision (d) or any existing mutual aid procedures established pursuant to state or federal law.

(h) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of community college campus law enforcement agencies to provide police services to their campuses.

(i) As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) "Local law enforcement agencies" means city or county law enforcement agencies with operational responsibilities for police services in the community in which a campus is located.

(2) "Part 1 violent crimes" means willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, as defined in the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(j) It is the intent of the Legislature by enacting this section to provide the public with clear information regarding the operational responsibilities for the investigation of crimes occurring on community college campuses by setting minimum standards for written agreements to be entered into by community college campus law enforcement agencies and local law enforcement agencies.

(k) (1) Upon the governing board of a community college district adopting a rule requiring each of its campuses to update an agreement entered into pursuant to this section or pursuant to Section 67381 as that section read before January 1, 2016, the governing board of the community college district shall be treated as a governing entity specified in subdivision (b) of Section 67381 and the community college district and its campuses shall be subject to the requirements of Section 67381 instead of this section.

(2) The Legislature encourages the governing board of each community college district to adopt a rule requiring each of its respective campuses to update these agreements.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 701, Sec. 2.)