(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure the safety of pupils, staff, and the public on or near California's public schools, by providing school security officers with training that will enable them to deal with the increasingly diverse and dangerous situations they encounter.
(b) After July 1, 2000, every school security officer employed by a school district who works more than 20 hours a week as a school security officer shall complete a course of training developed no later than July 1, 1999, by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs in consultation with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training pursuant to Section 7583.31 of the Business and Professions Code . If any school security officer subject to the requirements of this subdivision is required to carry a firearm while performing his or her duties, that school security officer shall additionally satisfy the training requirements of Section 832 of the Penal Code .
(c) For purposes of this chapter, “school security officer” means any person primarily employed or assigned pursuant to subdivision (b) to provide security services as a watchperson, security guard, or patrolperson on or about premises owned or operated by a school district to protect persons or property or to prevent the theft or unlawful taking of district property of any kind or to report any unlawful activity to the district and local law enforcement agencies.
(d) No school security officer shall be employed or shall continue to be employed by the district after July 1, 2000, until both of the following conditions have been met:
(1)(A) The applicant or employee has submitted to the district two copies of his or her fingerprints on forms or electronically, as prescribed by the Department of Justice. The district shall submit the fingerprints to the Department of Justice, which shall submit one copy of the fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(B) An applicant or contracted employee who holds a permanent registration with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs as a security guard need only submit one copy of his or her fingerprints, which copy shall be submitted to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(C) An applicant or contracted employee who is registered by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs, and who holds a firearms qualification card as specified in Section 7583.22 of the Business and Professions Code , is exempt from the requirements of this subdivision.
(2) The applicant or employee has been determined not to be a person prohibited from employment by a school district pursuant to Sections 44237 and 45122.1 , or by the Department of Justice from possessing a firearm if the applicant is required to carry a firearm.
The Department of Justice may participate in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in lieu of submitting fingerprints to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to meet the requirements of this subdivision relating to firearms.
(e) Every school security officer employed by a school district prior to July 1, 2000, who works more than 20 hours a week as a school security officer shall meet the requirements of subdivision (b) by July 1, 2002, unless he or she has completed an equivalent course of instruction pursuant to Section 832.2 of the Penal Code .
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