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.
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.
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.
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.
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.