California Penal Code Section 832
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832. (a) Every person described in this chapter as a peace officer
shall satisfactorily complete an introductory course of training
prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
On or after July 1, 1989, satisfactory completion of the course
shall be demonstrated by passage of an appropriate examination
developed or approved by the commission. Training in the carrying and
use of firearms shall not be required of any peace officer whose
employing agency prohibits the use of firearms.
(b) (1) Every peace officer described in this chapter, prior to
the exercise of the powers of a peace officer, shall have
satisfactorily completed the course of training described in
(2) Every peace officer described in Section 13510 or in
subdivision (a) of Section 830.2 may satisfactorily complete the
training required by this section as part of the training prescribed
pursuant to Section 13510.
(c) Persons described in this chapter as peace officers who have
not satisfactorily completed the course described in subdivision (a),
as specified in subdivision (b), shall not have the powers of a
peace officer until they satisfactorily complete the course.
(d) Any peace officer who, on March 4, 1972, possesses or is
qualified to possess the basic certificate as awarded by the
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training shall be exempted
from this section.
(e) (1) Any person completing the training described in
subdivision (a) who does not become employed as a peace officer
within three years from the date of passing the examination described
in subdivision (a), or who has a three-year or longer break in
service as a peace officer, shall pass the examination described in
subdivision (a) prior to the exercise of the powers of a peace
officer, except for any person described in paragraph (2).
(2) The requirement in paragraph (1) does not apply to any person
who meets any of the following requirements:
(A) Is returning to a management position that is at the second
level of supervision or higher.
(B) Has successfully requalified for a basic course through the
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
(C) Has maintained proficiency through teaching the course
described in subdivision (a).
(D) During the break in California service, was continuously
employed as a peace officer in another state or at the federal level.
(E) Has previously met the requirements of subdivision (a), has
been appointed as a peace officer under subdivision (c) of Section
830.1, and has been continuously employed as a custodial officer as
defined in Section 831 or 831.5 by the agency making the peace
officer appointment since completing the training prescribed in
(f) The commission may charge appropriate fees for the examination
required by subdivision (e), not to exceed actual costs.
(g) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commission may
charge appropriate fees for the examination required by subdivision
(a) to each applicant who is not sponsored by a local or other law
enforcement agency, or is not a peace officer employed by, or under
consideration for employment by, a state or local agency, department,
or district, or is not a custodial officer as defined in Sections
831 and 831.5. The fees shall not exceed actual costs.
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