Executive Director’s Message
BY MANNY ALVEREZ, JR.
The year 2022 was a great year for POST. We made significant strides on several major initiatives. For instance, we received final approval from the California Department of Technology to implement an entirely new learning management system. As a result of this multi-year $1.7 million project, the Learning Portal will, in the near future, run on the Blackboard platform, providing increased functionality to POST and the end user. We received $5 million in funding to institute a formal wellness program for law enforcement personnel. We were also provided approval by the Commission to pilot an entirely new Learning Domain (LD) in the Regular Basic Course, LD 14 – Officer Wellness. We aggressively pursued the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 2 for peace officer certification, which resulted in the creation of the POST Peace Officer Standards Accountability Division. As part of the SB 2 implementation, our team created over 20 new regulations, procured, and implemented a new software platform for the exchange of information with law enforcement agencies, as well as secured additional personnel and office space, just to name a few things.
The new work did not stop us from doing any of the legacy work. We updated numerous appointment standards for peace officers, completed a job task analysis pertaining to public safety dispatchers, completed routine audits in both the Basic Training and Training Delivery and Compliance Bureaus, started a new Command College session, held close to twenty sessions of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, completed several management studies, and distributed funding for over thirty Team Building Workshops. We could not do all of this work without additional people, so we hired over 30 new personnel in the last six months of 2022. We were busy, but in a very good way!
Our POST colleagues are terrific and worked extremely hard throughout the year. However, as the old saying goes, we could not have done it alone. We appreciate all of the support provided to us by various agencies, law enforcement professionals, and private citizens who devoted their time to helping us. We are truly grateful for the support many have provided us.
In conclusion, POST also owes a debt of gratitude to the following staff, all of whom retired in 2022:
- Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau
- Anne Johnston, Learning Technology Resources Bureau
- Larry Ellsworth, Management Counseling and Projects Bureau
- Sherryl Hancock, Administrative Services Bureau
- Mariafe Guintu, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau
- Mary DePont, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau
POST staff participated in Toys for Tots drive
POST staff participated in the Toys for Tots drive this past month to help spread Christmas cheer to the local community. Toys for Tots has been delivering hope to less fortunate children for over 75 years and they were excited by the sizable donation POST made. A BIG thank you to all staff that participated in this event!
Basic Training Bureau Hosts Recruit Training Officer (RTO) Course in Anaheim
On December 13-16, 2022, the Basic Training Bureau (BTB) facilitated a 24-hour Recruit Training Officer (RTO) Course for Basic Course Presenters. POST Regulation requires all full-time RTOs to complete this course within one year of their appointment to their respective academies.
The RTO Course was facilitated in Anaheim, California, and included instruction on the roles and responsibilities of the RTOs; legislative mandates, Commission Regulations and Commission Procedures; testing protocols and remedial training requirements; liability and ethics; communication, counseling and evaluations; physical training requirements; and special training issues.
If you are interested in more information, please contact Carrie Hollar, Bureau Chief of the Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4661.
Basic Course Certification Review of the San Bernardino Valley College Police Academy
The Basic Training Bureau recently conducted a Basic Course Certification Review (BCCR) of the San Bernardino Valley College Police Academy.
The BCCR is an in-depth review of Basic Course presenters and the certification of their courses to promote the quality, integrity, and safety of entry-level peace officer training in California. POST ensures all certified Basic Course presenters are in compliance with Penal and Government Codes related to POST, Commission Regulations, Commission Procedures, and the Training and Testing Specifications.
For questions regarding the BCCR process, please contact Bill Lewis, Staff Services Manager in the Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4856.
Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Investigation Guideline
On December 5, 2022, the new Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Investigation Guideline was published and made accessible on the POST Website. These guidelines include police response to, and treatment of, victims of these crimes. These guidelines have also been updated to incorporate changes in the law and changes in investigative procedures. POST thanks the team of subject matter experts who contributed to the update of these guidelines.
Questions regarding the new Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Investigation Guideline may be directed to Gerald Fernandez, Law Enforcement Consultant in the Training Program Services Bureau, (916) 227-3933.