(a) An animal control officer, when necessary for performing his or her official duties, shall provide a compelling reason to an appropriate criminal justice agency to obtain state summary criminal history information.
(b) Upon a showing of compelling need, the criminal justice agency shall respond to the animal control officer with state summary criminal history information obtained through the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems (CLETS). The criminal justice agency shall provide this information to the animal control officer in a timely manner. A criminal justice agency may charge a reasonable fee sufficient to cover the costs of providing information pursuant to this subdivision.
(c) An animal control officer who receives state summary criminal history information pursuant to this section shall not use that information for any purpose other than for the performance of his or her official duties.
(d) A law enforcement officer or other person authorized by law to provide or receive information obtained through CLETS pursuant to this section who knowingly furnishes the record or information to a person who is not authorized by law to receive that information is guilty of violating Section 11142.
(e) For the purposes of this section, an animal control officer is a person authorized to exercise the powers specified in Section 830.9.
(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 449, Sec. 1. (AB 1511) Effective January 1, 2015.)
Last modified: October 8, 2018