Chapter 5.5. Rural Indian Crime Prevention Program of California Penal Code >> Title 6. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 5.5.
(a) There is hereby established in the Office of Emergency
Services a program of financial and technical assistance for local
law enforcement, called the Rural Indian Crime Prevention Program.
The program shall target the relationship between law enforcement and
Native American communities to encourage and to strengthen
cooperative efforts and to implement crime suppression and prevention
(b) The Director of Emergency Services may allocate and award
funds to those local units of government, or combinations thereof, in
which a special program is established in law enforcement agencies
that meets the criteria set forth in Sections 13847.1 and 13847.2.
(c) The allocation and award of funds shall be made upon
application executed by the chief law enforcement officer of the
applicant unit of government and approved by the legislative body.
Funds disbursed under this chapter shall not supplant local funds
that would, in the absence of the Rural Indian Crime Prevention
Program, be made available to support the suppression and prevention
of crime on reservations and rancherias.
(d) The Director of Emergency Services shall prepare and issue
administrative guidelines and procedures for the Rural Indian Crime
Prevention Program consistent with this chapter.
(e) The guidelines shall set forth the terms and conditions upon
which the Office of Emergency Services is prepared to offer grants of
funds pursuant to statutory authority. The guidelines do not
constitute rules, regulations, orders, or standards of general
Law enforcement agencies receiving funds under this
chapter shall meet the following criteria:
(a) Training of law enforcement personnel to be culturally
sensitive in the delivery of services to the Native American
communities. This training shall include, but shall not be limited
to, all of the following:
(1) The creation of an Indian community officer position.
(2) The recruiting and training of Native American volunteers to
assist in implementing and conducting reservation or rancheria crime
(b) Increasing community crime awareness by establishing community
involvement programs, such as community or neighborhood watch
programs, tailored for reservations and rancherias.
(c) Establishing drug traffic intervention programs on
reservations through the increased use of law enforcement and special
(d) Developing a delinquency prevention or diversion program for
Indian teenagers and young adults.
(a) The Rural Indian and Law Enforcement Local Advisory
Committee shall be composed of a chief executive of a law enforcement
agency, two tribal council members, two tribal elders, one Indian
law enforcement officer, one Indian community officer, one
representative of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and any additional
members that may prove to be crucial to the committee. All members of
the advisory committee shall be designated by the Director of
Emergency Services, who shall provide staff services to the advisory
(b) The Director of Emergency Services, in consultation with the
advisory committee, shall develop specific guidelines, and
administrative procedures, for the selection of projects to be funded
by the Rural Indian Crime Prevention Program which guidelines shall
include the selection criteria described in this chapter.
(c) Administration of the overall program and the evaluation and
monitoring of all grants made under this chapter shall be performed
by the Office of Emergency Services, provided that funds expended for
these functions shall not exceed 5 percent of the total annual
amount made available for the purpose of this chapter.