California State Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms

Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Department

The Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Department is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in California, established on December 15, 1849. Today’s Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Department employs 40 professional personnel including command staff, Protective Services Division (peace officers), Member Services Division and support staff.

The Sergeant-at-Arms Department provides a safe and secure environment throughout the Capitol Complex and anywhere in the state where the business of the Assembly is conducted. Through custom and practice, the Sergeant-at-Arms performs a number of protocol and ceremonial duties. These include joint Conventions such as the State of the State Address and formal visits from foreign dignitaries to the California State Assembly.