Article 3. Administration of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 14. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 3.
A district shall be governed by a district board of three
commissioners, each of whom shall be a resident of the district.
Except as otherwise provided in this article, all district
elections shall be called, held, and conducted in all respects as
nearly as practicable in conformity with the Uniform District
Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, the terms
of office of commissioners of the board in all districts existing on
January 1, 1969, shall be determined as provided in Section 10507 of
the Elections Code, and the terms of office of commissioners of the
board in all new districts shall be determined as provided in Section
10505 of the Elections Code.
A vacancy occurring in the office of an elected commissioner
shall be filled by an appointment of the board.
Every commissioner shall serve without compensation.
The district board shall adopt all rules and regulations
necessary for the administration, operation, and maintenance of the
(a) A district's police department, police chief, and
employees shall have all of the rights, duties, privileges,
immunities, obligations, and powers of a municipal police department.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the act adding this
section shall not affect the Broadmoor Police Protection District's
current reimbursements for any state-mandated local programs.
(a) The district board shall determine the number of
employees, if any, necessary for the proper care and protection of
the life and property of residents in the district.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), the district board
shall appoint all district employees and prescribe their duties and
compensation. All of these employees shall hold their positions at
the pleasure of the district board.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), the district board may
delegate to the chief of police the authority to appoint and dismiss
The district may contract with a municipality within the
county in which the district is located or with the county for the
furnishing of police protection service by any police agency of the
municipality or county.
For the purpose of housing its police equipment and
apparatus, and for housing its ambulances, the district board may
acquire land and erect a police station; or acquire land on which a
police station, or a building suitable for a police station, has been
Before acquiring any real property for a police station, the
district board may submit to the voters in the district at a special
election, or at the election for a commissioner, the proposition
whether or not land shall be acquired and a police station built
thereon; or whether or not land on which a police station, or a
building suitable for a police station, has been erected shall be
acquired. The approval or disapproval of the voters shall be binding
upon the district board.
All real property for a police station acquired pursuant to
this article shall be conveyed to and held in the name of the "Board
of Police Commissioners of the Police Protection District ______"
(naming the district).
The district board may pay for any real property it acquires
for a police station out of money derived from the annual district
tax, or out of money derived from a special tax approved by the
voters in the district at an election. The procedure and conduct of
an election for the approval of a special tax shall conform to that
specified in this chapter for the approval of a special tax for the
establishment and equipment of a police department.
The district board may dispose of any real property acquired
for a police station. The disposition shall, however, be first
approved by the voters in the district at an election, if the
property was acquired pursuant to their approval at an election. The
proceeds from the disposition shall be exclusively devoted to the
purchase of other real property.
The district board may make and award contracts and may sue
and be sued in the name of the district.
The district board shall keep a correct record of all its
acts and proceedings, and of all its receipts and disbursements. For
that purpose, it shall procure all necessary books and blanks.
The books of the district board shall be open to public inspection
at all times.
Each commissioner shall, at the expiration of his term of
office, turn over to his successor all books and documents in his
possession belonging to the district board and take a receipt
All accounts, bills, and demands against the district shall
be audited, allowed, and paid by the district board by warrants of
the county auditor drawn on the county treasurer upon orders of the
district board. The county treasurer shall honor the warrants in the
order in which they are presented.
In addition to the duties specified in this chapter, the
district board shall perform such other duties as are proper and
necessary to carry out this part.