(a) The commission shall meet with the Department of Veterans Affairs and community,
local, or other state organizations and agencies that have expertise in the area of
traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in order to
assess the training needed by peace officers, who are first responders in emergency
situations, on the topic of returning veterans or other persons suffering from TBI
(b) Should the commission determine that there is an unfulfilled need for training
on TBI and PTSD, the commission shall determine the training format that is both fiscally
responsible and meets the training needs of the greatest number of officers.
(c) Should the commission determine that there is an unfulfilled need for training
on TBI and PTSD, the commission shall, upon the next regularly scheduled review of
a training module relating to persons with disabilities, create and make available
on DVD and may distribute electronically, or provide by means of another form or method
of training, a course on how to recognize and interact with returning veterans or
other persons suffering from TBI or PTSD. This course shall be designed for, and made available to, peace officers who are
first responders to emergency situations.
(d) The training course shall be developed by the commission in consultation with
the Department of Veterans Affairs and appropriate community, local, or other state
organizations and agencies that have expertise in the area of TBI and PTSD. The commission shall make the course available to law enforcement agencies in California.
(e) In addition to the duties contained in subdivisions (a), (b),(c), and (d), the
commission shall distribute, as necessary, a training bulletin via the Internet to
law enforcement agencies participating in the commission's program on the topic of
TBI and PTSD.
(f) The commission shall report to the Legislature, no later than June 30, 2012, on
the extent to which peace officers are receiving adequate training in how to interact
with persons suffering from TBI or PTSD.
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