Enforcement Statistical Profile
County Work Plans, Effectiveness Evaluations, and Statistics
Under California law, the County Agricultural Commissioners (CACs) are responsible for local enforcement of pesticide laws, under the oversight of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Staff from DPR’s three regional offices assist CACs in developing work plans that detail each of their county’s priorities in improving pesticide use enforcement, compliance, and permitting. DPR also compiles statistical information for each county on restricted material permits, inspections, compliance actions, and other related aspects of enforcement.
Each county has the option of submitting an annual work plan or a multi-year work plan. Counties choosing to submit a multi-year work plan are evaluated on an on-going basis. When changes to their work plan occur, the work plan is updated. For smaller counties, and especially those with a minimal amount of agricultural commodity production, there is insufficient enforcement program activity each year to warrant annual evaluations. Therefore, those county pesticide use enforcement programs are formally evaluated every two to three years. This allows sufficient enforcement program activity to assure an accurate evaluation is based on actual performance.
DPR staff from the three regional offices evaluate the performance of each county, using objective-based performance measures. Evaluations show how closely each county followed the outline of their work plan. These performance measures examine how well counties are targeting local problems and patterns of continuing violations and how they are being resolved.
The Pesticide Use Enforcement Statewide Statistical Profile, PDF (189 kb) summarizes pesticide enforcement statewide and includes workload distribution, inspection compliance, and most common violations.
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