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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Community Questions and Answers from the Gilroy Police Department

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What is the Gilroy Police Department policy regarding carotid control holds?

Last week, California Governor Newsom directed the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to cease all training and certification relative to carotid holds. On June 15, 2020, Attorney General Becerra issued a press statement urging all police departments in the State to prohibit the use of chokeholds, strangleholds, carotid restraints or other restraints, or body positioning that is designed to, or which may foreseeably result in, the cutting off of blood or oxygen to the person. The State legislature is drafting legislation related to banning the use of these techniques.

In consideration of the actions taken at the State level, the Gilroy Police Department suspended the authorization of carotid control holds as of June 15, 2020.

What is the hiring process for Gilroy Police Officers?

The Gilroy Police Department has a rigorous vetting process for hiring police officers.

Applicants with the Gilroy Police Department are subjected to a strenuous background process which is conducted by an independent investigator. The background investigation is used to determine the applicant’s suitability to become a police officer.

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony, domestic violence or any crime of moral turpitude are immediately disqualified from the hiring process. Other grounds for disqualification include but are not limited to sexual harassment, sustained complaints, substandard work evaluations and integrity issues. These standards are applied to all police officer applicants including officers attempting to lateral to the Gilroy Police Department from another law enforcement agency.

Does the Gilroy Police Department comply with SB 1421?

Senate Bill 1421 was placed into effect as of January 1, 2019. This bill made peace officer personnel records public under the following circumstances.

(A) records relating to the report, investigation, or findings of (i) an incident regarding an officer-involved shooting; or (ii) an incident involving the use of force by an officer resulting in death or great bodily injury;

(B) records relating to an incident involving a sustained finding of sexual assault by an officer involving a member of the public; and

(C) records relating to an incident involving a sustained finding of dishonesty by an officer directly related to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime or an investigation of misconduct by another officer.

The Gilroy Police Department complies with all the requirements as mandated by SB 1421.

Can the public access Gilroy Police Department’s policies?

The Gilroy Police Department policy manual, field training officer manual, and Santa Clara County protocols are available to the public on our website: https://www.cityofgilroy.org/197/Public-Information