The Legislature finds and declares:

(a) That crime is a local problem that must be dealt with by state and local governments if it is to be controlled effectively.

Terms Used In California Penal Code 13900

  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the district and territories. See California Penal Code 7

(b) That criminal justice needs and problems vary greatly among the different local jurisdictions of this state.

(c) That effective planning and coordination can be accomplished only through the direct, immediate and continuing cooperation of local officials charged with general governmental and criminal justice agency responsibilities.

(d) That planning for the efficient use of criminal justice resources requires a permanent coordinating effort on the part of local governments and local criminal justice and delinquency prevention agencies.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1230.)