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California was the first state to get a Peace Officers Bill of Rights.
On September 12, 1910, Los Angeles social worker Alice Stebbins Wells, was appointed to the LAPD as the nation’s first female to be designated a policewoman with arrest powers.
California's population was counted by the US Census Bureau at 37,253,956 for the 2010 census, making it the most populous state.

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What is POBOR? Police Officer's Bill of Rights Act


This chapter is known and may be cited as the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.

For purposes of this chapter, the term public safety officer means all peace officers specified in Sections 830.1, 830.2, 830.3, 830.31, 830.32, 830.33, except subdivision (e), 830.34, 830.35, except subdivision (c), 830.36, 830.37, 830.38, 830.4, and 830.5 of the Penal Code. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the rights and protections provided to peace officers under this chapter constitute a matter of statewide concern…CLICK HERE TO GET THE COMPLETE CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE.


California was the first state to get a POBOR (Peace Officers Bill of Rights Act), effective 1-1-77. The concept originated around 1974. The largest supporter of POBR was the ACLU. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law. It is a California law which gives some measure of protection to police officers against their own department's investigative zeal.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League was the primary sponsor of the Bill of Rights Act, which was known as AB-301 when it was introduced in the California Assembly, and it is sometimes still called that today.

The Act, which became effective on January 1, 1977, imposed significant changes on the state's police departments in the way they conduct investigations involving their own personnel.

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