Chapter 8.6. Law Enforcement Response To Drug Endangered Children of California Penal Code >> Title 6. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 8.6.
(a) Every law enforcement and social services agency in
this state is encouraged to develop, adopt, and implement written
policies and standards for their response to narcotics crime scenes
where a child is either immediately present or where there is
evidence that a child lives, by January 1, 2005. These policies shall
reflect the fact that exposing a child to the manufacturing,
trafficking, and use of narcotics is criminal conduct and that a
response coordinated by law enforcement and social services agencies
is essential to the child's health and welfare.
(b) The needs of a drug endangered child are best served with
written policies encouraging the arrest of an individual for child
endangerment where there is probable cause that an offense has been
committed coordinated with an appropriate investigation of the child'
s welfare by child protective agencies. Protocols that encourage a
dependency investigation contemporaneous with a law enforcement
investigation at a narcotics crime scene, when appropriate, are
consistent with a child's best interest.
Communities are encouraged to form multijurisdictional
groups that include law enforcement officers, prosecutors, public
health professionals, and social workers to address the welfare of
children endangered by parental drug use. These coordinated groups
should develop standards and protocols, evidenced by memorandums of
understanding, that address the following:
(a) Felony and misdemeanor arrests.
(b) Immediate response of protective social workers to a narcotics
crime scene involving a child.
(c) Outsourcing protective social workers to law enforcement.
(d) Dependency investigations.
(e) Forensic drug testing and interviewing.
(f) Decontamination of a child found in a lab setting.
(g) Medical examinations and developmental evaluations.
(h) Creation of two hours of P.O.S.T. drug endangered children