Police department policy manuals are public documents that should be readily available to citizens on municipal websites, pursuant to public document requests, or at the very least at public libraries.
Pasadena Police Department Policy Manual: The ACLU of Southern California Pasadena/Foothills chapter has been monitoring the Pasadena Police Department’s practices on citizen complaints and use of force since 2009. As part of this process, we have met with department chiefs, the city manager and city council members, as well as the Public Safety Committee.
Pasadena’s city manager has continually honored oral requests for public records without formal public record requests. At various times our chapter orally requested for hard copies of the Police Department Manual and for the document’s posting online. In the spring of 2013, pursuant to a formal record request, the department furnished the chapter with a digital copy of its policy manual, which is now posted on our website for public use.
Glendale Police Department Manual: We are also posting the Glendale Police Department’s Policy Manual, which was secured by public records request from the department.
Other Cities in the Pasadena/Foothills Area: We are in the process of submitting public document requests for digital copies of the police department policy manuals from other cities in the area, which have yet to post police department policy manuals on their municipality websites. Once received, they will be available here.
View the manuals below or Download (pdf) the Pasadena Police Dept Policy Manual and the Glendale Police Dept Policy Manual
Public Records Requests are also available to the public: see The First Amendment Project.

Pasadena Police Dept Manual

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Glendale Police Dept Manual

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