To help ensure that Justice has the technical information it needs to make certain that CalGang or any equivalent shared gang database remains an important law enforcement tool, the Legislature should establish a technical advisory committee to advise Justice about database use, database needs, database protection, and any necessary updates to policies and procedures. The Legislature should specify the qualifications for membership in the technical advisory committee, which should include representatives from local and state agencies that use the shared gang database. Further, it should require that the committee meet at least twice a year and adhere to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and other relevant open-meeting laws.
Assembly Bill 90 (Weber, Chapter 695, Statutes of 2017) provides that, commencing January 1, 2018, the CalGang Executive Board will no longer administer or oversee the CalGang database or the shared gang databases that participate in the CalGang database. Justice is required to establish a technical advisory committee with specified members to advise on uses of shared gang databases.
Legislation has not been introduced to address this specific recommendation.