Publications List

POST produces a wide variety of publications designed to enhance the professionalism of California law enforcement. All publications are researched and developed by work groups comprised of POST staff and subject matter resource staff.  They are sanctioned by the POST Commission prior to release.

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Featured Publications

Model Respiratory Protection Program for Law Enforcement

Date: 6/1/2014
Author: Training Program Services Bureau (TPS)
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These guidelines provide law enforcement agencies with information for use in developing a respiratory protection program for law enforcement personnel whose assignments could include contact with hazardous materials.

Law Enforcement Records Function Agency Self-Evaluation

Date: 3/1/2014
Author: Management Counseling Leadership Development Bureau
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The failure to manage the records function can affect the successful prosecution of criminal violators, resulting in liability and loss of public confidence. This self-evaluation provides agencies with an effective tool to assist in meeting recommended records management guidelines.

Law Enforcement Records Management Guide

Date: 1/31/2014
Author: Management, Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau (MCLDB), 916-227-4800
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This guide was developed as a best practices resource for law enforcement. It provides a framework to assist agencies in the development of written directives to document and standardize the processes related to the law enforcement records function.

K-9 Guidelines (for Law Enforcement)

Date: 1/1/2014
Author: Training Program and Services Bureau (TPS)
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POST has refined K-9 guidelines which have been in use for more that a decade. Recognizing that agencies now use canines in specialized capacities, POST has determined that it would not attempt to standardize all functions. Instead, these guidelines recommend minimum training and evaluation benchmarks for K-9 Patrol and detection functions.

Evidence & Property Management Guide, Law Enforcement

Date: 9/9/2013
Author: Management Counseling Bureau
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This document, set in guideline format, is essential for an agency to ensure that national evidence and property storage and security best practices are met, reducing exposure to liability. This guide should be used in conjunction with the Evidence & Property Agency Self-Evaluation.

Evidence & Property Function - Agency Self-Evaluation, Law Enforcement

Date: 9/9/2013
Author: Management Counseling Bureau
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This document coincides with the POST Evidence and Property Management Guide and gives agencies a tool through which to evaluate their evidence and property functions against national best practices.

Building a Career Pipeline: Program Guide

Date: 7/1/2012
Author: Greg Kyritsis, CLD, Center for Leadership Development
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This guide is a recruitment tool to assist law enforcement agencies in developing school-based programs for law enforcement recruiting in partnership with local school districts.

Prevailing Trends Report

Date: 6/30/2012
Author: Future Vision Team (FVT) and Leadership Team (LT)
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The changing nature of police work, affected by technological, social, economic, and operational factors has required POST to re-frame its efforts to advance the professionalism of California law enforcement.

Peace Officer Training on TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder): Report to the Legislature

Date: 6/30/2012
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In compliance with Penal Code Section 13515.36, POST has created a training course for peace officers on how to recognize and interact with persons suffering from PTSD and TBI. This report, submitted to the Legislature, describes the extent of this training, and is intended to assist the Legislature in determining the adequacy of law enforcement continuing education on this topic. In conjunction with this report, POST has also developed a two-hour DVD training course on TBI and PTSD.

Communications Training Officer Program Guidelines (Trainer's Manual)

Date: 4/1/2012
Author: Lou Madeira, Standards & Evaluation Bureau, S&E
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This manual facilitates a baseline standard throughout California by outlining the key duties and training required for a public safety dispatcher. The forms provide important and detailed documentation of competency.