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The Security Division provides extra security for Assembly Members, their family, and staff if specific threats are made against them. Protection may be extended to anywhere legislative business may be conducted. Pursuant to Penal Code Section 602.1, Security may remove, detain, and arrest groups or individuals being disruptive in Members' offices.
Additionally, during visits by VIPs and dignitaries, the Security Division acts as a liaison between the Highway Patrol, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies. They also provide secure transportation for the VIPs and dignitaries.
The Security Division places a high priority on Emergency Medical Response Training. It is the goal of our department to provide professional and appropriate response during medical emergencies within the State Capitol complex. They must attend Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses certified by the Red Cross and First Aid Courses certified by the American River Public Safety Center, on a regular basis. Three of the officers are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), licensed through Sacramento County Medical Services.
A high-tech communication system links the California Highway Patrol dispatch and the Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms dispatch. This communication system is also used to by the dispatcher and the officers to communicate with each other. There are video cameras mounted throughout the Capitol, and the Capitol grounds, and are monitored by staff in dispatch. Through the use of both the communication and video systems the dispatcher can direct officers to the scene of any emergency within minutes.