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Jun. 19, 2024

Before SB 2, California lacked a process for decertifying peace officers, allowing misconduct to go unchecked

California’s Senate Bill 2 has led to the end of law enforcement careers for approximately 150 officers, either through mandatory ineligibility, discretionary decertification, or surrender of a certificate.

Melanie L. Chaney

Managing Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

6033 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles , CA 90045


Paul D. Knothe

Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Phone: (310) 981-2029


Georgetown Univ Law Ctr; Washington DC


Before the passage of Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) in September 2021, California was one of only four states that had no process for decertification of peace officers. That is, there was no mechanism by which a police officer or deputy sheriff could become ineligible to work in the law enforcement profession altogether based on professional misconduct. An officer could, of course, be terminated for misconduct by the municipality that employed him, but there was no prohibition...

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