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POST Monthly Report

February 2022

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

Basic Training Bureau Hosted a Scenario Manager Course

On February 1-4, 2022, the POST Basic Training Bureau hosted a 24-hour Scenario Management Course in West Sacramento, CA. This course is required for basic academy scenario managers, prior to their management of scenario testing. The 22 attendees, representing eighteen basic academies from throughout the state, received instruction regarding scenario competencies, test development, testing, remedial training requirements, and scenario test security protocols. 

Questions regarding the Scenario Management Course may be directed to Jennifer Imlay-Hardesty, Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) with Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3917.

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POST Conducts Audits in Los Angeles County

POST regional consultants Matthew O’Deane (Region 7) and Daniel Schmitt (Region 10) spent a couple of days in Los Angeles county this month conducting audits at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Medical Examiner’s Office. In addition, Los Angeles City Park Rangers, Los Angeles Airport Police, and Los Angeles Port Police were audited.

Los Angeles County POST Audits

Kern County Basic Course Certification Review

During the week of February 14-18, 2022, the POST Basic Training Bureau conducted a Basic Course Certification Review (BCCR) of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Training Academy. 

The BCCR is an in-depth review of Basic Course presenters regarding the certification of their courses and ensures the quality, integrity, and safety of entry-level peace officer training in California. POST makes sure all certified Basic Course presenters comply with the Penal Codes and Government Codes related to POST, Commission Regulations, Commission Procedures, and the Training and Testing Specifications.

For questions regarding the Basic Course Certification Review process, please contact Bill Lewis, Staff Services Manager with Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4856.

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Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Basic Course Certification Review

The POST Basic Training Bureau recently conducted a PC 832 (Arrest and Firearms) Basic Course Certification Review (BCCR) with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The BCCR ensures the quality, integrity, and safety of entry-level peace officer training in California. POST makes sure all certified PC 832 presenters comply with the Penal Codes related to POST, California Code of Regulations, and POST Training Procedures.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Carrie Hollar, Law Enforcement Consultant with the Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4661.

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New Self-Paced Course: Legal Update: Positional Asphyxia (GC 7286.5)

A new self-paced course, Legal Update: Positional Asphyxia (GC 7286.5), is now available for all POST Learning Portal users. This course provides an update on the changes that Assembly Bill (AB) 490 made to Government Code Section 7286.5, effective January 1, 2022. 

Upon completion of this 20-minute course, students will be able to define positional asphyxia, identify risks for positional asphyxia, and list actions that mitigate the risk of positional asphyxia. The course offers one Continuing Profession Training credit hour. 

Learn more about Legal Update: Positional Asphyxia (GC 7286.5).

For questions about the course, please contact Charday Alcaraz, Instructional Designer/Project Manager with the Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-5562.

POST Public Safety Dispatchers’ Basic Course Update

The first workshop for re-vamping and updating the POST Public Safety Dispatchers’ Basic Course was held on January 26-27, 2022. A group of subject matter experts, completely re-designed Learning Domain (LD) 104: Telephone Technology and Procedures and LD 110: Radio Technology and Procedures. Both learning domains were updated to include new and emerging technologies as well as contemporary issues in law enforcement, such as being aware of potential bias issues when creating and dispatching calls for services. 

By updating the POST Public Safety Dispatchers’ Basic Course, we will be giving public safety dispatchers the foundation needed as they begin demanding and rewarding careers. Workshops are being planned monthly, a combination of in-person and online meetings, through the fall.

The POST Public Safety Dispatchers’ Basic Course was first created in 1994 with revisions in 1999, 2002, and 2010. The project of updating the basic course has been a high priority for POST and is just the beginning of many changes for the dispatcher program. 

If you are interested in being considered as a subject matter expert for additional POST Public Safety Dispatcher projects, please contact Jennifer Dwyer, Staff Services Manager/Project Manager with the Management Counseling and Projects Bureau, at (916) 227-0477

Science-Based Interviewing Course Development Project

On February 1-2, 2022, the POST Training Program Services Bureau participated in the first workshop to develop the Science-Based Interviewing Course. For decades, the training and practice of conducting investigative interviews and interrogations have generally remained unchanged due, in part, to a lack of science-based feedback regarding the effectiveness of the current or new techniques. However, in approximately 2010, the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) was created to serve as the focal point for advancing the science and practice of interrogations within the U.S. government. Since its inception, the HIG has commissioned a body of scientific research on interrogations that has resulted in more than 100 publications of peer-reviewed scientific journals, which have closed the now continuous loop of research informing training and operations. As such, this course development project will result in new state-of-the-art training for California criminal investigators that will improve the practice of conducting interviews and interrogations, based on more than a decade of scientific research on these techniques.

Additional information regarding this project may be directed to Gerald Fernandez, Law Enforcement Consultant in the Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-3933.

POST Releases Revised Crowd Management, Intervention, and Control Guideline

After months of collaboration and teamwork, POST is pleased to announce the release of the revised guidelines for Crowd Management, Intervention, and Control, which is now available on the POST Website (pdf). These guidelines were updated in 2021 and contain several significant changes and additions based on recent legislation. 

POST would like to extend its gratitude to the subject matter experts and community representatives who diligently worked with POST staff to update these guidelines.

Questions regarding the updated guidelines may be directed to Larry Ellsworth, Law Enforcement Consultant with the Management Counseling and Project Bureau, at (916) 227-2820.

New Dispatcher Wellness Training Video Released

POST has released its newest training video, Dispatcher Wellness. Available to view on the POST Learning Portal, this training program is designed to enhance the ability of California’s Public Safety Dispatchers and their supervisors in recognizing common issues affecting dispatchers’ well-being, while identifying meaningful steps toward continued personal and professional wellness. Program segments include a general introduction and definition of wellness, recognizing trauma, the role of personal and organizational leadership in dispatcher wellness, coping and resources, along with a special section highlighting a simple, yet effective, breathing exercise useful to those in high-stress professions. The video offers two viewing modes and printable instructor and trainee documents for either group-facilitated or individual instruction.

Questions about the new Dispatcher Wellness video may be directed to Mike Barnes, with the Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454

POST Reserve Peace Officer Program Q&A Session

The Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau continues to engage our agencies by providing information in an online format as well as in-person meetings and courses.

On February 17th over 60 Reserve Peace Officer Program (RPOP) coordinators and those interested in issues relating to the RPOP, met with POST Consultant Jeff Dunn and California Reserve Peace Officers Association board members Steve Marshall, Dominic Gamboa, and Steve Fazio for an online informational session relating to reserve peace officers.

The main topics of discussion focused on available resources, the appointment and assignment of reserves to the different levels, required training, requalification requirements, and issues relating to recruitment and hiring, including the new legislative changes within Senate Bill (SB) 2. There was also time dedicated to taking questions from the attendees, in addition to those questions that were submitted in advance.

Questions relating to the Reserve Peace Officer Program can be directed to your Regional Law Enforcement Consultant or to Jeff Dunn, Regional Consultant with the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-4873

Training Managers Course Presented In Windsor

On February 1-3, 2022, students attended the 24-hour Training Managers Course presented by Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center. The course is designed for newly assigned Training Managers. Topics included developing a training plan, liability issues, and management of training records. Additionally, POST staff presented information on the POST Website, the Learning Portal, course certification, POST regulations, and agency compliance inspections.

Please contact Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center at (707) 836-2912 to register for the next course which is scheduled for May 3-5, 2022.

Questions about the course may be directed to Karen Lozito, Senior Consultant with the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0471.

POST Distributes A First Responder’s Guide for Persons with Mental Illness or Developmental Disabilities Guidebook

POST has distributed over 73,000 copies of the new Behavioral Health Guidebook to law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including the Regular Basic Academies. This guidebook was developed to enhance law enforcement’s understanding and awareness of mental health disorders, substance use disorders, physical disabilities, and intellectual and developmental disabilities that adhere to the four tenants of Procedural Justice (Voice, Neutrality, Respect, and Trustworthiness). The guidebook can assist Law Enforcement in the safe management of these encounters, which can at times be complex and dynamic.

A First Responder’s Guide for Persons with Mental Illness or Developmental Disabilities Guidebook can be downloaded on a pc or a mobile device. For those agencies that wish to obtain additional hard copies, there are a few available.

For questions regarding the Behavioral Health Guidebook, contact William Baldwin, Law Enforcement Consultant with the Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-4263

Museum of Tolerance Contemporizes POST Certified Racial and Identity Profiling Course

On February 1-3, 2022, the Los Angeles, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance, convened a Collaboratory subject-matter-experts, to contemporize the POST-Certified Racial and Identity Profiling Course. The facilitated workshop focused on integrating California Assembly Bill (AB) 953, into the course curriculum content, architecting alignment between the curricula cognitive scaffolding, learning objectives, activities, and corresponding videos to generate deeper knowledge and dialogues on core topics. The next workshop will be held on March 21-23, 2022, at the Museum of Tolerance headquarters located at 9786 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.

For questions about the Racial and Identity Profiling Course, please contact Charles Evans, Senior Consultant/ Program Manager with the Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.

Training Program Services Offers Presentation of the Supervisory Train-the-Trainer Course

POST has successfully presented the Supervisory-Train-the-Trainer Course in Del Mar, CA from February 15-19, 2022. This course certifies instructors and provides information and facilitation strategies to present the 80-hour supervisory course.

The course consisted of instruction on Blooms Taxonomy, an overview of Situational Leadership, DISC, facilitation skills, and an overview of all the materials for the supervisory course. The students began by individually presenting a facilitated discussion on an assigned topic from the Supervisors Fictitious Team videos for 10 minutes. The students were evaluated by two expert facilitators who discussed the strength and weaknesses of each individual presentation. The students were then introduced to the Supervisory Course Network with the updated course content, which now includes Use of Force and Hi-tech Crimes. The students were also provided a block of instruction explaining proper facilitation techniques by the expert facilitators to use throughout the course.

Over the next few days, the students facilitated the supervisory course material with a co-facilitator and were critiqued after each presentation. Expert facilitators critiqued and provided advice to everyone on how to improve their facilitation skills. Seventeen students from Northern and Southern California completed the course and are now ready to teach the basic supervisory course.

For questions regarding Supervisory Train-the-Trainer Course, contact Jim Katapodis, Senior Consultant with the Training Program Services, at (916) 204-5587.

Meet the New POST Employees

Brian South
Law Enforcement Consultant I (LEC I, Initial Rotation)
Management Counseling and Projects Bureau

Brian South

Brian comes to us after 20 years with the Moraga Police Department. Brian served as the Police Lieutenant and second-in-command of the department where he oversaw patrol and investigations. Other key roles included Training Manager, FTO Program Coordinator, Property and Evidence Manager, Internal Affairs investigations, and special projects.

Shannon Lemke
Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA)
Management Counseling and Projects Bureau

Shannon Lemk

Shannon comes to us from California Highway Patrol where she was a Staff Services Analyst.  Prior to that, she worked for the Department of Food and Agriculture in various capacities. 

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is a list of the legislation POST is monitoring during the 2022-23 legislative session. This is not a complete list of legislation that could affect law enforcement. (Updated 2/21/2022)

Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 655

Assembly Member Kalra

 California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act

Current law requires that a candidate for a peace officer position be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation. This bill would require that background investigation to include an inquiry into whether a candidate for specified peace officer positions has engaged in membership in a hate group, participation in any hate group activity, or advocacy of public expressions of hate, as specified, and as those terms are defined. The bill would provide that certain findings would disqualify a person from employment.

Amended: 1/24/2022

Status: 2/1/2022-In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

AB 662

Assembly Member Rodriguez

Mental health: dispatch and response protocols: working group

Would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to convene a working group, as specified, no later than July 1, 2022, to examine the existing dispatch and response protocols when providing emergency medical services to an individual who may require evaluation and treatment for a mental health disorder. The bill would require the working group to develop recommendations for improvements to those dispatch and response protocols and recommend amendments to existing law, including, but not limited to, the provisions governing involuntarily taking an individual into temporary custody for a mental health evaluation and treatment. The bill would require the working group to submit periodic reports to the Legislature every 6 months to update the Legislature on its progress, and to submit a final report of its recommendations to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2024.

Status: 1/25/2022-In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

AB 1406

Assembly Member Lackey

Law enforcement agency policies: carrying of equipment

Current law requires law enforcement agencies to maintain a policy on the use of force, as specified. Current law places certain restrictions on the use of force by law enforcement agencies, including prohibiting the use of a choke hold or carotid restraint. This bill would require a law enforcement agency that authorizes peace officers to carry an electroshock device, such as a taser or stun gun that is held and operated in a manner similar to a pistol, to require that device to be holstered or otherwise carried on the lateral side of the body opposite to the side that that officer’s firearm is holstered.

Amended: 1/27/2022

Status: 2/1/2022-In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment

AB 1604

Assembly Member Holden

The Upward Mobility Act of 2022: boards and commissions: civil service: examinations: classifications

Would require that, on or after January 1, 2023, all state boards and commissions consisting of one or more volunteer members have at least one board member or commissioner from an underrepresented community. The bill would define the term “board member or commissioner from an underrepresented community” as an individual who self-identifies as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native; who self-identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; who is a veteran, as defined; or who has a disability, as defined. The bill would apply these requirements only as vacancies on state boards and commissions occur.

Amended: 2/24/2022

Status: 2/23/2022-From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on P.E. & R. Read second time and amended.

AB 1639

Assembly Member Voepel


Would require a police officer of the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police or a port warden or a port police officer of the Harbor Department of the City of Los Angeles to complete the live-fire training qualification at least twice a year instead of at least once every 6 months in order to be exempt from the prohibitions on unsafe handguns.

Amended: 2/22/2022

Status: 2/23/2022-Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

AB 1836

Assembly Member Maienschein

Peace officers: mental health

Current law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Under existing law, the commission administers the Innovations Grant Program for the purpose of fostering innovations in training and procedures for law enforcement officers. Current law requires the grant program to develop and provide wellness programs for law enforcement officers, among other things.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to draft legislation to establish a grant program for the purpose of addressing officer wellness and mental health support.

Introduced: 2/7/2022

Status: 2/8/2022-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10

AB 1947

Assembly Member Ting

Hate crimes: law enforcement policies

Current law defines a "hate crime" as a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of actual or perceived characteristics of the victim, including, among other things, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop guidelines and a course of instruction and training for law enforcement officers addressing hate crimes. Current law requires state law enforcement agencies to adopt a framework or other formal policy created by POST regarding hate crimes. Current law requires any local law enforcement agency that adopts or updates a hate crime policy to include specified information in that policy, including information on bias motivation. Existing law requires the Department of Justice to collect specified information relative to hate crimes and to post that information on its internet website. This bill would require each local law enforcement agency to adopt a hate crimes policy.

Introduced: 2/10/2022

Status: 2/18/2022-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

SB 882

Senator Eggman

Advisory Council on Improving Interactions between People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities and Law Enforcement. 

Current law requires specified categories of law enforcement officers to meet training standards pursuant to courses of training certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Existing law requires POST to include in its basic training course adequate instruction in the handling of persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness, or both. Current law also requires POST to establish and keep updated a continuing education classroom training course relating to law enforcement interaction with developmentally disabled and mentally ill persons. This bill would create the Advisory Council on Improving Interactions between People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities and Law Enforcement, under the Department of Justice, to, among other things, evaluate existing training for peace officers specific to interactions between law enforcement and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Introduced: 1/26/2022

Status 2/2/2022-S. PUB. S.

SB 960

Senator Skinner

Public employment: peace officers: citizenship

Current law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training within the Department of Justice to perform various functions involving the training of peace officers. Current law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, being at least 18 years of age, being of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation, and being either a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship, except as prescribed. This bill would remove the provision that requires peace officers to either be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Amended: 2/17/2022

Status: 2/17/2022-From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 1000

Senator Becker

Criminal investigation

Current law authorizes the Attorney General to appoint agents and other employees as the Attorney General deems necessary. Current law requires all persons employed within the Department of Justice designated as peace officers and performing investigative duties to obtain a certificate from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Introduced: 2/14/2022

Status 2/23/2022-Referred to Com. on RLS.



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