Learning Portal Moving to New Learning Management System (LMS) June 2023
The process of transitioning to a new Learning Management System (LMS) to support the Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) Learning Portal is underway. The Learning Technology Resources Bureau is leading the project with contributions from stakeholders within POST and from the field. Beginning June 2023, the Learning Portal will run on the Blackboard platform, providing new and improved functionality to serve the field.
Improvements include a new learner dashboard with clear information about completed, in-progress, and upcoming courses. The new system has better search and sorting capabilities and offers training managers trouble-free course assignment and reporting features.
Informational sessions, updates, and training will be scheduled over the next three months to prepare for the change. To ensure you have the latest information, log in to your POST PASS account, and subscribe to receive the quarterly Learning Portal Newsletter and other updates.
We look forward to a successful transition to the new LMS in June!
For questions regarding this project, please contact Catherine Bacon-Davis in the Learning Technology Resources Bureau at (916) 227-4546.
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Basic Course Certification Review of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Center
The Basic Training Bureau recently conducted a Basic Course Certification Review (BCCR) of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Center. 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.
Basic Training Bureau Continues Revision of Field Training Officer Course
Staff members in the Basic Training Bureau’s Field Training Program hosted a workshop on February 6-9, 2023. During this workshop, subject matter experts from across the state gathered to continue revising the course materials for the Field Training Officer Course (40-hour) and will meet for the final time in May to complete the revisions. Once finalized, the updated course materials will be shared with POST-certified presenters of the Field Training Officer Course.
Questions may be directed to Stephen Crawford, Law Enforcement Consultant in the Basic Training Bureau, at 916-227-4957.
Scenario Manager Course in Folsom
On February 14-17, 2023, the Basic Training Bureau hosted a 24-hour Scenario Management Course in Folsom. This course is required for basic academy scenario managers, prior to their management of scenario testing. Twenty-eight attendees, representing 17 basic academies from throughout the state, were in attendance. During the course, attendees 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 Anita Finner, Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) in the Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3901.
Creation of New Training Video Course to Address Critical Incidents Dispatchers Face
In early February, public safety professionals from around the state gathered in southern California to begin creating a new training video course designed to address critical incidents that dispatchers face. The completion of the program requires a total of three meetings in which subject matter experts develop scripts, provide expert commentary and recommendations during filming, and participate in interviews. The entire process will result in a 2-hour Continuing Professional Training qualifying training course available to dispatchers on the POST Learning Portal. The course will include several contemporary scenarios, expert commentary, and a facilitator guide with an accompanying student workbook.
For more information regarding the training available, visit the Learning Portal, and sign in with your POST PASS account.
Management Course Revamp
The POST Training Program Services Bureau has partnered with the Possibility Lab at the University of California and the Government Training Agency to conduct research into the effectiveness of the 104-hour Management Course, which has not been updated since approximately 2006. POST Regulation 1005(c) mandates completion of a POST-certified Management Course by peace officers (except all jail deputies) promoted, appointed, or transferred to a middle management position either 12 months prior to promotion or within 12 months after the initial promotion, appointment, or transfer to such position.
The research began in February 2023 by conducting one-on-one interviews with some former students of the course. Additional research will also involve interviews of focus groups, one-on-one interviews of some California police chiefs and sheriffs, a mass survey targeted at all former students who completed the course within the previous 6 years, and a review of existing literature to identify best practices and evidence-based options for potential alternative modules and curriculum reform to ensure the training continues to be relevant, contemporary, and effective. The research is estimated to be completed in approximately June 2023, after which the findings will be used to inform a group of subject matter experts, who will be assembled in Fiscal Year 2023/2024, to revamp the course as deemed appropriate.
Questions regarding the Management Course Revamp project may be directed to Gerald Fernandez, Law Enforcement Consultant in the Training Program Services Bureau, (916) 227-3933.
Basic Training Bureau Facilitates Pistol Mounted Optics in Basic Courses Workshop
On January 31-February 1, 2023, the Basic Training Bureau hosted a second workshop to establish the standardized course content for the fundamentals of pistol mounted optics (PMO) in Learning Domain 35 – Firearms/Chemical Agents. A diverse group of subject matter experts from around the state, including various California law enforcement agencies and college presenters, met with the goal of determining statewide applicability and feasibility. POST recognizes PMOs are an emerging trend, and we are working to update the course content for Learning Domain 35.
Questions regarding the workshop may be directed to Mike Dalisay, Law Enforcement Consultant in the Management Counseling and Projects Bureau, at 916-227-7357.
Updating the Institute of Criminal Investigation Child Abuse Course
On February 9, 2023, a project to update the Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) Child Abuse Course commenced with a workshop at McClellan. This 40-hour ICI Foundation Specialty Course, originally developed in approximately 2006, provides detectives with an enhanced understanding of crimes committed against children, including physical abuse, neglect, drug endangered children, and sexual exploitation. The course provides instruction in proper investigative techniques, forensics, child abuse law, collection, handling of evidence, and suspect and victim interview techniques. The POST Training Program Services Bureau, Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority, South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, and Government Training Agency participated in the workshop. The purpose of the project is to take a fresh look at the course curriculum and update it as deemed appropriate to ensure the training continues to be relevant, contemporary, and effective.
Additional information regarding ICI can be found on the POST Website. Questions may also be directed to Gerald Fernandez, Law Enforcement Consultant in the Training Program Services Bureau, (916) 227-3933.
The Instructor Development Institute’s (IDI) Master Instructor Course
On February 21, 2023, Class 14 of the Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC) began in Santa Ana, California. The POST Instructor Development Institute (IDI) is a multi-level, multi-track program designed to enhance the professionalism and quality of public safety training across the State of California. There are four levels to the program – Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master Instructor. The program is designed to allow instructors to advance to each of the different levels, at their own pace, while applying new skills and knowledge in the field. The POST Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC), presented by the Government Training Agency (GTA), represents the highest level of the IDI program. Students accepted into this level spend approximately a year researching, designing, and developing a 24-hour course to serve a validated public safety training need. Some of the agencies that Class 14 represent are as follows:
- Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
- Anaheim Police Department
- Arroyo Grande Police Department
- California Commission on POST
- California Highway Patrol
- Fountain Valley Police Department
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Monterey County District Attorney’s Office
- Redondo Police Department
- Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
- Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
- San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
- San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
- San Francisco Police Department
- San Francisco Sheriff’s Department
- Torrance Police Department
For those interested in the variety of courses offered by the IDI program visit the POST Website.
The Quality Assessment Program (QAP) has a New Page on the POST Website
On January 1, 2023-February 15, 2023, under the Quality Assessment Program (QAP), POST conducted 14 course assessments, including:
- ICI Homicide Investigation at Northern CA Public Safety Training Center
- Crisis Intervention at Santa Clara County Sheriff
- SWAY by Integrated Tactical Concepts
- Academy Instructor Certification Course (AICC) at California Highway Patrol
- Crisis Intervention from Psychiatric Emergency Response Team
- Defensive Tactics Instructor at Santa Ana Police Department
The Quality Assessment Program, which falls under the POST Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau, utilizes subject matter experts to evaluate POST-certified courses for content, and delivery, and is a tool that ensures POST courses meet standards.
Additional information regarding QAP, and frequently asked questions, can now be found on the POST Website.
Training Program Services (TPS) Presented the Supervisory Train-the-Trainer Course
The Supervisory Train-the-Trainer Course was held at POST headquarters from January 30- February 3, 2023. This course provides information and facilitation strategies and certifies instructors to be able to present the 80-hour Supervisory Course.
Twenty-five students invited by POST from Northern and Southern California attended. This 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 the course by individually presenting a facilitated 10-minute discussion on assigned topics based on the material from the Supervisors Fictitious Team videos. Student presentations were evaluated by two expert facilitators, wherein the strengths and calls for improvement of each individual presentation were discussed. The students were then introduced to the Supervisory Course Network with the updated course content, which now includes, among other topics, Use of Force and HiTech Crimes. In addition, the students were furnished a block of instruction providing proper facilitation techniques by the expert facilitators.
The week consisted of students facilitating material from the Supervisory Course and receiving a critique based on a rubric created for this course by the expert facilitators. The students were then provided with techniques on how to improve their facilitation skills. Students were required to individually facilitate a total of three times for the successful completion of this course, using these techniques. A total of 24 students completed the course and are now certified to facilitate the POST Supervisory Course.
For questions regarding Supervisory Train-the-Trainer Course, please contact Senior Consultant Jim Katapodis at (916) 204-5587.
New “Did You Know?” Video for Dispatcher Wellness
POST has released a new Did You Know? video dedicated to the topic of dispatcher compassion fatigue. The video immerses viewers into a dispatcher’s workstation as she handles an increasingly difficult call and radio traffic in real time, while also managing challenging thoughts and conversations from prior encounters with family, friends, and coworkers. As the stressful scene is resolved successfully, the video concludes with an encouraging reminder for dispatchers that “the strong hear their own voice” when facing the many challenges of the job.
The Did You Know? video series features dynamic and engaging short vignettes that are perfect for roll call and other briefing or training settings and are available to view and download at the POST Learning Portal. Additional organizational wellness and resiliency resources for dispatchers are also featured on the POST Wellness page.
Questions about the new Did You Know? Dispatcher Compassion Fatigue video may be directed to Mike Barnes, Senior Law Enforcement Consultant in the Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454 or Jennifer Dwyer, Staff Services Manager in the Management Counseling and Projects Bureau, at (916) 227-0477.