Article 1. Administration of California Penal Code >> Title 1. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 1.
The Attorney General shall appoint such agents and other
employees as he deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this
All persons employed after July 1, 1973, within the Department of
Justice designated as peace officers and performing investigative
duties shall be required by the department to obtain a certificate
from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
The Attorney General shall from time to time arrange for and
organize schools at convenient centers in the State to train peace
officers in their powers and duties and in the use of approved
equipment and methods for detection, identification and apprehension
(a) The Department of Justice shall adopt standards and
guidelines regarding the handling of potential evidence arising out
of the testing of substances that are suspected to be related to
activities of terrorists, to be used by laboratories operated by or
contracting with the Department of Justice, any state agency, or any
local agency, and by any other laboratory in the state the department
determines may test any material that may become evidence in a
criminal prosecution for any crime committed in the commission of
(b) The standards and guidelines adopted pursuant to this section
shall include information on issues that may arise in the chain of
custody and the employment of controls that are suitable for
preserving evidence for use in the prosecution of a crime.
(c) In developing the standards for adoption pursuant to this
section, the Department of Justice shall consult with appropriate
laboratories of public agencies used by law enforcement agencies, law
enforcement agencies, and the State Department of Health Services.
(d) The Department of Justice shall make the guidelines and
standards adopted pursuant to this section available to the
appropriate laboratories specified in subdivision (a).
(e) The provisions of this section shall be accomplished to the
extent that funds are available.