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POST Monthly Report

December 2019

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

Executive Director's Message

The year of 2019 was productive and busy for POST.  We accomplished a great deal and moved quickly to meet the training priorities established by the Commission, the Governor, and the Legislature.  Those priorities included, but were not limited to, basic training, Innovative Grants, de-escalation, and use of force.  As a result, we started to roll-out several new training initiatives and program guidelines. 

    • On January 1, the Regular Basic Course training pilot was initiated at three law enforcement academies, incorporating procedural justice, tactical casualty care, and de-escalation instruction. On October 24, 2019, the Commission unanimously approved the pilot to be made permanent training for all academies. 
    • POST awarded over $3 million in training grants to community-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, educators, and for-profit presenters.  
    • We completely revamped the POST “Safety” and “SWAT” guidelines. 
    • Over 80 internal policies were reviewed and updated. 
    • We increased the rate of Basic Course Certification Reviews (basic academy audits) and conducted a total of 14 in 2019. 
    • We removed the entire backlog of Training Reimbursement Requests (TRRs), pushing out over $23 million in local assistance monies in 2019.  
    • In February, TRRs became fully automated with the new “eTRR” platform. 
    • We removed the processing backlog of professional certificates from seven months to two weeks. 
    • In August, we hosted 15 public safety staff members from the Capitol for a POST Legislative Day. 
    • In September, individual POST training profiles were enhanced by the inclusion of a PDF version for each professional certificate issued, and as result, over 9,950 professional certificates were downloaded by users in just three months. 
    • Bureau budgets and accounts payable tracking applications became routine business practices. 
    • The speed in certifying training courses was increased by just over 50%, and the simpler Tier I and Tier II course certification process became final across the state. 
    • We created a use of force informational video on Assembly Bill 392 in just two quick months. 
    • With the assistance and approval of the Governor’s Office, new legislation modified Government Code 1031.1 to allow law enforcement to access civilian law enforcement candidate employment and background information, a law which previously only applied to peace officer candidates. 
    • The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute was increased from 15 to 22 sessions and included Dispatch Supervisors as students. 

The above were just a small handful of things we worked on in 2019, all of which could not have been possible without the hard work of POST staff.

On June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed the 2019-20 California State Budget.  The budget allocation for POST increased by 75%, from $47 million (2018-19) to $82 million (2019-20).  The budget included a 14% increase in POST staffing, from 118 to 135 full-time positions. The budget also increased agency reimbursement/local assistance by 240%, from $14 million (2018-19) to $34 million (2019-20).  Suffice it to say, we are extremely thankful for the confidence entrusted in POST by Governor Newsom and the Legislature.

Next year will prove to be just as busy and impactful as this year.  We very much look forward to the new opportunities and challenges that await us. In conclusion, POST owes a debt of gratitude to the following staff, all of whom retired in 2019:

Ken Boyd, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau

Marsha Hong, Computer Services Bureau

Marilyn Earhart, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau

Paul Masterson, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau

April Crume, Learning Technology Resources Bureau

Eddie Freyer, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau

Connie Paoli, Administrative Services Bureau

Janna Munk, Training Program Services Bureau

Dave Althausen, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau

R.C. Smith, Management Counseling and Projects Bureau

Lou Ybarra, Administrative Services Bureau

POST Presents RTO Workshop in Garden Grove

During the week of December 10-13, 2019, POST’s Basic Training Bureau presented a 24-hour Recruit Training Officer (RTO) Course for State, County and local law enforcement agencies.  This training is a mandated course of instruction for Recruit Training Officer (RTO) of the Regular Basic Course and Modular Format courses of instruction. CA POST Regulations require full-time RTOs to complete this course within one year of their appointment to their respective academies.

The Recruit Training Officer Workshop was facilitated in Garden Grove, CA and included instruction on Recruit Management and Supervision, POST Regulations and training procedures, testing and remedial training requirements, liability and ethics dialogue, legislative mandates, academy safety policies, Testing Management and Assessment System (TMAS), Communication Counseling and Evaluations, Physical Training trends/patterns, and Special Training Issues. This course of training provided an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to meet with POST staff and network among their peers.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Senior Consultant Steve Harding, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-2816

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Additional DVD Training Videos Now Streaming on POST Learning Portal

Several additional POST training videos on DVD have been added to the POST Learning Portal and are now available 24/7 as streaming videos.  Video titles just added this month include: Crowd Management, Intervention and Control; Cyber Exploitation; Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse, Officer in Charge; and Surviving Deadly Assaults.  The addition of these videos brings the total of videos on the POST Learning Portal to 55.  Several additional previously-released DVDs will be converted in the next two months, with more than 75 POST videos available for streaming on the POST Learning Portal by Spring 2020.  POST continues to offer DVD copies of some training video programs by mail upon request for those agencies that are unable to access the online versions; however, DVD-by-mail distribution will come to an end later in 2020.

For questions about POST Training Videos, visit the POST Website or contact Ron Crook, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3913.

POST Presents at Training Manager Meeting

On December 11, 2019, Region 7 Consultant Matt O’Deane presented a POST Update to the STARS (Safety Training Association Representing San Bernardino County) meeting held at the Chino Police Department. Matt provided an update to include AB392, SB230, EDI access, obtaining certificates online, reimbursement plans, and much more. Many thanks to the Chino Police Department for providing the space for the meeting and lunch for the attendees. Additionally, there was a tour of the Chino Police Department museum. The museum is filled with many historical documents and artifacts from decades of professional policing to the Chino community.

Questions regarding Region 7 may be directed to Regional Consultant Matt O’Deane, at (916) 215-4188.

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Principled Policing for Basic Course T4T to be Launched

A Principled Policing for Basic Course, Train-the-Trainer (T4T) course, is scheduled for release in early 2020. Subject matter experts, instructional systems designers, instructors and researchers, along with POST personnel, developed the course in a collaborative effort over the last several months.

The course was designed for basic course instructors responsible for delivery of the proposed revisions to Learning Domain 3 – Principled Policing in the Community to entry-level peace officers. Learning outcomes in the T4T include a course of instruction on principled policing/procedural justice, a facilitation skills building component, evaluations of teach backs presented by attending participants, and supporting instructional materials.

Curriculum in the T4T will meet the proposed revisions to the Training and Testing Specifications for Learning Domain 3 and legislative mandates enumerated in Senate Bill 230 relating to implicit bias, explicit bias, cultural competency, and procedural justice.

Questions about Learning Domain 3 can be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Raymund Nanadiego at (916) 227-4852. Specific questions about the Train-the-Trainer Course can be addressed to Law Enforcement Consultant Dan Toomey at (916) 227-4887.

The Quality Assessment Program (QAP) Evaluations Are in Progress

The Quality Assessment Program uses subject matter experts to evaluate POST certified courses for content and delivery. Emphasis is placed on delivering current, relevant curriculum in a manner conducive to adult learning. QAP evaluated the following courses in November and December 2019: 

  • Supervisory Leadership Institute, Session 1;
  • Force Option Simulator, Instructor (San Bernardino);
  • Tactical Breaching Course (Soledad);
  • De-escalation and Tactical Communication (Los Angeles);
  • Mental Health Intervention Training (Los Angeles);
  • De-escalation and Tactical Communications (Yuba);
  • POST Motorcycle Update (Auberry);
  • Succeeding as a Police Chief (Long Beach);
  • Supervisory Leadership Institute, Session 3;
  • Inmate Radicalization (Sacramento);
  • Management Course, Module A;
  • Supervisory Leadership Institute, Session 8;
  • Critical Incident Response (Davis);
  • District Attorney Investigator Transition (Roseville);
  • Internal Affairs Discipline (Coronado); and
  • TLO Basic Course (San Diego).

Effective October 7, 2019, travel reimbursement via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) has been REINSTATED for all IDI courses.  Effective July 1, 2019, POST has refunded the IDI program for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  There is no tuition for POST-Reimbursable agencies and a reduced tuition for all non-POST Reimbursable agencies.

If interested, please go to IDI Presenters to locate the presenter and the dates of training near you. For additional instructional training, refer to the POST Catalog.

If you have any questions regarding QAP, please contact Special Consultant Tamara Baarts, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-7357.

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2019-20 session. The 2020-21 Legislative Session begins on January 6, 2020. (Updated 12/16/2019)


Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 165

Assembly Member Gabriel

Peace officer training: gun violence restraining orders.

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop and implement, on or before January 1, 2021, a course of training regarding gun violence restraining orders. The bill would require the course to be incorporated into the course or courses of basic training for law enforcement officers on or before January 1, 2021, and would require the course or courses to include specified topics, including the process of filing a petition for gun violence restraining orders and situational training to assist officers in identifying when a gun violence restraining order is appropriate.

Amended Date: 5/16/2019

Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 7/8/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 243

Assembly Member Kamlager-Dove

Implicit bias.

Current law requires every peace officer to participate in expanded training prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training that includes and examines evidence-based patterns, practices, and protocols that make up racial and identity profiling, including implicit bias. Once basic training is completed, current law requires specified peace officers to complete a refresher course on racial and identity profiling at least every 5 years. This bill would require those peace officers currently required to take the refresher course every 5 years, and additional peace officers, as specified, to instead take refresher training on racial and identity profiling, including the understanding of implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies, at least every 2 years. 

Amended Date: 4/22/2019

Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/12/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 301

Assembly Member Chu

Hate crime data collection and outreach

Would require the Department of Justice to carry out various duties relating to documenting and responding to hate crimes, including conducting reviews of all law enforcement agencies every 3 years to evaluate the accuracy of hate crime data provided and agencies’ hate crime policies, implementing a school-based program in conjunction with school districts and local law enforcement agencies aimed at educating students regarding how to report all suspected hate crimes to prevent future hate crimes, and submitting specified hate crime reports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion in the national crime repository for crime data. The bill would also include a statement of legislative findings and declarations.

Amended Date: 3/26/2019

Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/1/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 332

Assembly Member Lackey

Peace officers: training.

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, on or before April 1, 2021, to submit a report to the Legislature and Governor with specified data relating to students’ completion of training at academies for peace officers and the availability of remedial training, including, among other things, the number of students who received one or more opportunities for remedial training for a learning domain. The bill would also require the report to include, among other things, a review of academies’ practices regarding training remediation and a discussion of whether the commission finds that minimum standards for an appropriate level of remedial training should be established.


Chaptered: 8/30/2019

Status: 8/30/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 172, Statutes of 2019.

AB 392

Assembly Member Weber

Peace Officers: deadly force

Would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the killing is in self-defense or the defense of another, consistent with the existing legal standard for self-defense, or when the killing is necessary to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon whose immediate apprehension is necessary to prevent death or serious injury. The bill would additionally bar the use of this defense if the peace officer acted in a criminally negligent manner that caused the death, including if the officer’s criminally negligent actions created the necessity for the use of deadly force.

Chaptered: 8/19/2019   

Status: 8/19/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 170, Statutes of 2019

AB 524

Assembly Member Bigelow

Peace officers: deputy sheriffs

Under current law, in certain counties, a deputy sheriff, who is employed to perform duties exclusively or initially relating to custodial assignments with responsibilities for maintaining the operations of county custodial facilities, is a peace officer whose authority extends to any place in the state only while engaged in the performance of the duties of the officer’s employment and for the purpose of carrying out the primary function of employment relating to the officer’s custodial assignments, or when performing other law enforcement duties directed by the officer’s employing agency during a local state of emergency. This bill would include a deputy sheriff employed by the County of Del Norte, the County of Mono, or the County of San Mateo within that definition of peace officers.

Vetoed: 10/8/2019

AB 680 

Assembly Member Chu

Public safety dispatchers: mental health training.

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, on or before January 1, 2021, to develop mental health training courses for state and local public safety dispatchers, incorporated in the dispatchers’ basic training course and as a continuing training course, that cover specified topics, including recognizing indicators of mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or substance use disorders, and conflict resolution and deescalation techniques. The bill would require the commission to develop these courses in consultation with specified groups and individuals

Amended Date: 8/12/2019

Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/19/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 837

Assembly Member Holden

Peace officers: training: hate crimes.

Would require each local law enforcement agency to require peace officers to attend periodic training in the investigation of hate crimes, using the most recent POST training materials, and would authorize each agency to make the training culturally relevant to the community served by that agency. The bill would require POST to develop guidelines and establish standards for the frequency of that periodic training. By imposing additional duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Amended Date: 3/21/2019

Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (May become 2-year bill)

AB 855

Assembly Member McCarty

Department of Justice: law enforcement policies on the use of deadly force

Would require the Attorney General to convene a task force, as specified, to study the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers and to develop recommendations, including a model written policy, for law enforcement agencies.

Amended Date: 3/19/2019

Status: 4/26/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2).  (May become 2-year bill)

AB 1052

Assembly Member Chu

Peace officer training: hate crimes.

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop and implement a course of instruction and training for specified peace officers on the topic of hate crimes. Existing law requires that training to be implemented into the basic course and requires, as specified, all state and local law enforcement agencies to provide the training to all peace officers they employ. This bill would require the basic course curriculum on the topic of hate crimes to include the viewing of a specified video course developed by POST.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2019

Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/12/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 1071

Assembly Member Limon

Evidence Based Policing Pilot Program

Would establish an evidence-based policing pilot program within the Department of Justice to gather data and analyze data on the efficacy of evidence-based policing programs. The bill would require the department to convene a task force to design a pilot program that would operate in 3 cities or counties, as specified, would provide training to management and supervisory police personnel on the implementation of evidence-based policing, as defined, and would gather crime-related data from those cities or counties for a period of 2 years during which evidence-based policing practices are implemented.

Introduced Date: 4/12/2019

Status: 4/26/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2).  (May become 2-year bill)

AB 1170

Assembly Member Frazier

Peace officer training: intellectual and developmental disabilities

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to establish a continuing education classroom training course related to law enforcement interaction with mentally disabled persons and to make the course available to law enforcement agencies in California. This bill would require the commission, on or before January 1, 2021, and in consultation with the State Department of Developmental Services, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and representatives of community colleges, to incorporate in-person training provided by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities into that training course.

Amended Date: 03/21/2019

Status:  5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). May be acted upon January 2020.

AB 1185

Assembly Member McCarty

Officer oversight: sheriff oversight board.

Would authorize a county to establish a sheriff oversight board, either by action of the board of supervisors or through a vote of county residents. The bill would authorize a sheriff oversight board to issue a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum when deemed necessary to investigate a matter within the jurisdiction of the board. The bill would authorize a county to establish an office of the inspector general to assist the board with its supervisorial duties, as provided

Introduced Date: 02/21/2019

Status: 9/15/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(15). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 9/9/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

SB 230

Senator Caballero

Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies

Would, by no later than January 1, 2021, require each law enforcement agency to maintain a policy that provides guidelines on the use of force, utilizing deescalation techniques and other alternatives to force when feasible, specific guidelines for the application of deadly force, and factors for evaluating and reviewing all use of force incidents, among other things. The bill would require each agency to make their use of force policy accessible to the public. By imposing additional duties on local agencies, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.

Chaptered: 9/13/2019

Status: 9/13/2019-Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 285, Statutes of 2019

SB 273

Senator Rubio

Domestic violence.

Summary: Current law makes the infliction of corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon specified victims, including, among others, the offender’s spouse or former spouse, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for 2, 3, or 4 years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or a fine of up to $6,000, or by both that fine and imprisonment. This bill would authorize prosecution for that crime to be commenced within 8 years under certain circumstances, including if the state becomes aware of an audio or video recording, photographs, or a written or electronic communication that provides evidence sufficient to charge the perpetrator or if the perpetrator confesses to the offense.

Chaptered: 10/7/2019

Status: 10/7/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 546, Statutes of 2019.

SB 338

Senator Hueso

Senior and disability victimization: law enforcement policies

Would eliminate the duty imposed on long-term care ombudsman programs to revise or include in their policy manuals specified information regarding elder and dependent adult abuse. The bill would also authorize local law enforcement agencies to adopt a policy regarding senior and disability victimization, as defined. The bill would require, if a local law enforcement agency adopts or revises a policy regarding senior and disability victimization on or after October 1, 2020, that the policy include specified provisions, including those related to enforcement and training.

Chaptered: 10/8/2019

Status: 10/8/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 641, Statutes of 2019.

SB 390

Senator Umberg

School districts and community college districts: school security officers and security guards

Would require school security officers employed by a school district, charter school, county office of education, or community college district, commencing July 1, 2021, and security guards working on the property of a school district, charter school, county office of education, or community college district, to complete that training course regardless of the number of hours worked per week. The bill would require school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and community college districts to provide the training required for their school security officer employees during regular work hours, except as specified. By imposing additional duties on school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and community college districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Chaptered: 10/2/2019

Status: 10/2/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 475, Statutes of 2019.

SB 399

Senator Atkins

Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

Current law establishes in the Department of Justice a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Current law requires the Governor to appoint members to the commission 2 of whom are required to be members of the public who are not peace officers. This bill would require the President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly to each appoint a member of the commission who is not a peace officer

Chaptered: 10/8/2019

Status: 10/8/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 594, Statutes of 2019.

SB 781

Committee on Public Safety

Public Safety Omnibus

Current law requires an employer to disclose employment information, as defined, about an applicant not currently employed as a peace officer or an applicant for a position other than sworn peace officer within a law enforcement agency. Current law requires the employment information to be kept confidential, but authorizes disclosure between the initial requesting law enforcement agency and another authorized law enforcement agency that is also conducting a peace officer background investigation. This bill would authorize disclosure of employment information by the initial requesting law enforcement agency and another authorized law enforcement agency conducting a background investigation on a law enforcement agency applicant that is not a peace officer.

Chaptered: 9/5/2019

Status: 9/5/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 256, Statutes of 2019


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