The new chair of the state Police Officer Standards and Training Commission is Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the position on 9/1. The commission is composed of peace officers, city and county administrators, educators, and members of the public whom the governor appoints, as well as the state Attorney General; they are tasked with establishing minimum selection and training standards for law enforcement officers within the state. Dudley was the previous vice chair and is the first to be appointed to the seat; the chair had been decided by commission members before to a change to Penal Code 13501 put the appointment in the governor’s hands.


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