Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Ahmad Thomas Applauds Signing of California Police Accountability Measure, SB 2—SVLG is the first and only major business association in California to endorse both AB 979 and SB 2

San José, CA (September 30, 2021) “Today Governor Newsom signed an important measure into law, sponsored by Senator Steven Bradford, which will help make our communities safer by establishing a new Peace Officer Standards Division to build accountability for California’s law enforcement officers. By addressing both systemic police violence and unjust policing, I truly believe that SB 2 represents a critical step forward in creating a more racially just and equitable future for Silicon Valley and all Californians.”

SB 2 amends the Tom Bane Civil Rights Act, bringing accountability standards and processes around who is eligible to be a member of the law enforcement community and how serious claims of officer misconduct are investigated and remedied. 

Specifically, SB 2

  • Prohibits a person who has been convicted of a felony, as specified, from regaining eligibility for peace officer employment based upon any later order of the court – there are specific exceptions to the above. 
  • Creates a Peace Officer Standards Division
    • The Division is responsible for reviewing and thoroughly investigating serious claims of officer misconduct. 
    • Makes recommendations to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards Training on whether to decertify a police officer. 
  • Eliminates certain immunity provisions for peace officers, custodial officers, or public entities sued under the act.

About SVLG:

The Leadership Group is a business organization of hundreds of Silicon Valley’s most dynamic companies working to shape the innovation economy of California and the nation. Founded by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, for over 40 years the SVLG has worked to address issues that affect the region’s economic health and quality of life. Today the SVLG Is focused on economic competitiveness with a special focus on diversity & inclusion, climate change and infrastructure. SVLG members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy. For more information, visit