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It is the intent of this administration to create and maintain a high level of professional standards that is consistent with other professional peace officer organizations. The concept “security and service are everything” was adopted in 1996 by the department and will add to this professionalism by ensuring that each employee presents themselves in a competent and professional manner. Management will ensure that their subordinates not only comply with the policies and procedures, but also adopt a professional demeanor towards the Legislators, staff, media and the public, thus demonstrating the professionalism of the Sergeant-at-Arms Department and the Assembly as a whole.
In the event of an emergency, or any ordered evacuation of the Capitol (fire, earthquake or bomb threat) the Security Division assists in the safe evacuation of all persons from the Capitol building. They are required to maintain a high professional standard of performance and conduct. They work closely with other law enforcement agencies, including the Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and the Senate Sergeant at Arms. All procedures and protocols are standardized to establish a common set of incident strategies needed to deal with all possible emergency situations. Two evacuation exercises are conducted in the Capitol building annually.