Chapter 9.7. County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (safe)team Program of California Penal Code >> Title 6. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 9.7.
(a) Any county may establish and implement a sexual assault
felony enforcement (SAFE) team program pursuant to the provisions of
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that identifying and
developing reliable and sustainable funding for SAFE teams
established by this chapter, including those established in rural and
regional areas, is critical for reducing sexual assaults in
(a) The mission of this program shall be to reduce violent
sexual assault offenses in the county through proactive surveillance
and arrest of habitual sexual offenders, as defined in Section
667.71, and strict enforcement of registration requirements for sex
offenders pursuant to Section 290.
(b) The proactive surveillance and arrest authorized by this
chapter shall be conducted within the limits of existing statutory
and constitutional law.
(c) The mission of this program shall also be to provide community
education regarding the purposes of Chapter 5.5 (commencing with
Section 290) of Title 9 of Part 2. The goal of community education is
to do all of the following:
(1) Provide information to the public about ways to protect
themselves and families from sexual assault.
(2) Emphasize the importance of using the knowledge of the
presence of registered sex offenders in the community to enhance
(3) Explain that harassment or vigilantism against registrants may
cause them to disappear and attempt to live without supervision, or
to register as transients, which would defeat the purpose of sex
The regional SAFE teams may consist of officers and agents
from the following law enforcement agencies:
(a) Police departments.
(b) Sheriff's departments.
(c) The Bureau of Investigations of the Office of the District
(d) County probation departments.
(e) To the extent that these agencies have available resources,
the following law enforcement agencies:
(1) The Department of Justice.
(2) The Department of the California Highway Patrol.
(3) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
(4) The Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The program established pursuant to this chapter shall
have the following objectives:
(a) To identify, monitor, arrest, and assist in the prosecution of
habitual sexual offenders who violate the terms and conditions of
their probation or parole, who fail to comply with the registration
requirements of Section 290, or who commit new sexual assault
(b) To collect data to determine if the proactive law enforcement
procedures adopted by the program are effective in reducing violent
sexual assault offenses.
(c) To develop procedures for operating a multijurisdictional
regional task force.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to authorize
the otherwise unlawful violation of any person's rights under the