POST Monthly Report

june 2016



During June 2016, consultants from the Training Program Services Bureau participated in a video-conference workshop with representatives from the Office of the California Attorney General.  The workshop was also attended by Reverend Ben McBride, a native of San Francisco and a longtime activist for peace and justice in the Bay Area, who collaboratively partners with the Oakland Police Department to provide faith-based, technical assistance around public safety issues affecting the urban core.  Attendees dialogued the nuances and cognitive scaffolding of a POST-certified course created by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris entitled, “Principled Policing-Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias Training.”  The course is designed to ensure that California leads the national conversation on developing solutions, increasing mutual understanding, and strengthening trust between law enforcement and communities.

Questions about the “Principled Policing-Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias Training” course may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.


“How Do You Copy?” is the first self-paced course designed specifically for dispatchers.  In a fun and engaging way, dispatchers can increase their confidence about radio technology basics, learn how to troubleshoot radio issues, and fine tune their reporting of technical problems.  Upon completion, learners receive four hours of CPT credit and the ability to earn a virtual radio technology badge that will appear in the Learning Portal when the final evaluation is aced.

The topic of radio technology was identified as one of the top training needs by public safety dispatchers, supervisors, and managers.  POST worked with subject matter experts:  Desi Calzada, CSU East Bay Police Department; Dale Digiambattista, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department; and Jeff Hebert, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department; to create the course along with many agencies from around the state who provided input at various stages of development.

Questions about “How Do You Copy?” may be directed to Senior Information Systems Analyst, Rayanne Rogers, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3912.


During June 2016, consultants from the Training Program Services Bureau met with Jane Lorand, an entrepreneur in education and co-founder/co-developer for Wind Tunneling software.  The purpose of the meeting was to dialogue how the Wind Tunneling software could be utilized as an assessment instrument for the delivery of procedural justice and law enforcement legitimacy curriculum.  In many diverse inner-city communities, trust between law enforcement and the community has broken down and police legitimacy is questioned.  Wind Tunneling has been used to bring parties together, share needs and ideas that might make a difference.  In Wind Tunneling, everyone gets to see every idea with anonymity.  Wind Tunneling allows all levels and silos of an organization to offer insights, ideas and knowledge on a level playing field, to be considered equally.  Participants share ideas anonymously without fear of retaliation or criticism.  This enables a full spectrum of individuals and groups to quickly get to the crux of issues and identify patterns and emergent new options for improvement.

Questions about the Wind Tunneling meeting may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.


The POST Commission met on June 23, 2016, and approved the Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau recommendation to change the method of testing in the basic courses.  To implement these changes, POST has worked with the vendor of the Test Management and Assessment System (TMAS), Crown Pointe Technologies, to update the computer-based testing system.  The new system will be called TMAS II.  Beginning February 2017, changes to basic courses testing will include the requirement that certified presenters of the basic courses enter a valid Course Control Number (CCN) to access the newly updated testing system, the certified presenter must administer all required POST tests electronically, and the number of required tests changes from 56 to three main POST-constructed comprehensive tests.  All basic academies will be moved to the new system by June 30, 2017.

These changes are the culmination of a project whose goal was to replace all of the test questions compromised in a 2010 security breach.  POST staff worked in consultation with a Test Panel comprised of subject matter experts, course coordinators, directors, and instructors.  The Test Panel has created vignettes similar in intention to the scenario tests administered in the Regular Basic Course.  A specific vignette can test the application of knowledge from a number of learning domains.  The vignettes are written with the expectation that students will retain and apply the knowledge they have learned across the whole course.  

Questions about the new basic course testing system may be directed to Personnel Selection Consultant II Diane Hrepich, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4831; or Research Specialist III Bob Holmgren, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-2430.


In June, 31 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 and training videos, 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 November 8-10, 2016.

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


On June 6-9, 2016, POST hosted the Instructor Development Institute (IDI) Curriculum Update Workshop.  The workshop was facilitated by the San Diego Regional Training Center, a presenter of POST curriculum, and was attended by 20, IDI subject-matter-experts.  The workshop focused on aligning the IDI, basic, intermediate and advanced level curriculum content, student learning outcomes, curriculum design and development, classroom management, videos and simulations, project management, supplemental staffing, performance support solutions, regulatory and compliance training.

Questions about the IDI Curriculum Update Workshop may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.


POST has created an online program that fulfills the requirement for training proctors of the Dispatcher Selection Test Battery.  This comprehensive program trains the user on logistical preparation for a Test Battery, outlines the step-by-step process of proctoring a test, provides a checklist for the collection of all test documents, and provides guidance for shipment of the documents to POST for scanning and scoring.

The training program is approximately two hours in length but allows the trainee’s progress to be saved and picked up again later over multiple training sessions.  The program can be accessed through the POST Learning Portal by having the primary test designee at an agency nominate a proctor for the training.  All newly trained proctors will also need to read the agency’s dispatcher test security agreement and sign an attachment.

This online training program was created through a collaborative effort of the Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau and the Learning Technology Resources Bureau in conjunction with POST’s contract provider.  

Questions about the Test Battery-Proctor Training may be directed to Research Specialist III Bob Holmgren, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4830.


In August 2015, Senate Bill 11 was passed into law.  A portion of this bill mandated the California Commission on POST to develop and maintain a mental health course for law enforcement officers who are assigned to patrol duties.  

In June 2016, mental health training experts convened at POST, in West Sacramento, to develop curriculum to meet the mandate created by Senate Bill 11.  Experts ranged from law enforcement personnel, mental health specialists, attorneys, and professional mental health trainers.  The workshop participants identified core informational and instructional elements needed to support the mandate and assist law enforcement personnel with delivering the course.  An expanded course outline and field book will be made available on the POST Website on August 1, 2016.

Questions about the mandated Mental Health Training Workshop may be directed to Senior Consultant Janna Munk, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-0473.


Commissioner ChaplinCOMMISSIONER Thomas Chaplin
Chief of Police, Walnut Creek Police Department

Thomas Chaplin has been Chief of Police for the Walnut Creek Police Department since 2013.  He was a commander at the Citrus Heights Police Department from 2010 to 2013, and a lieutenant from 2006 to 2010.  Chaplin held multiple positions at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2001 to 2006, including special agent in charge, special agent supervisor and special agent.  He served in several positions at the Sacramento Police Department from 1989 to 2001, including detective, police officer and academy instructor.  Chaplin earned a Master of Science degree in emergency services administration from the California State University, Long Beach.


Cheryl HenryCheryl Henry
Standards, Evaluation and Research Bureau

POST is pleased to welcome Office Technician Cheryl Henry to the Standards, Evaluation and Research Bureau.  Cheryl’s main focus will be to assist in the Test Orders group where she will be handling scanning and scoring of test forms.  She came to POST from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/California Correctional Health Care Services (CDCR/CCHCS) Health Records Center.

Cheryl and her husband, Steve, will be celebrating 40 years of marriage in January.  They have two adult children and one AMAZING granddaughter.  In her spare time, Cheryl and her husband enjoy traveling.  She is very happy to be at POST.

Frances MelendezFrances Melendez
Computer Services Bureau

POST is pleased to welcome Associate Information Systems Analyst Frances Melendez to the Computer Services Bureau.  Frances joined POST’s Computer Services Bureau in June 2016, and is assigned to the Graphics and Publications Unit.  Frances will work with POST program and technical staff to design and develop POST’s online and print media products, including Web-based materials, brochures, posters, forms, etc.

Prior to joining POST, Frances worked in the private sector, and at the State Board of Equalization as a lead graphic designer.  Frances holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology (Graphic Design) from San Francisco State University.  Her interests include assisting with operations at the Three Mile Brewing Co. in Davis, which is co-owned by her husband.  Frances and family also raise cows, goats, sheep, and pigs at their family ranch.


The following are bills in Legislative Session 2015-2016.  Each bill would have an impact on POST operations, or be of significant interest to law enforcement partners.

Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 1664

Assembly Members
Levine, Ting, & Chiu

Firearms: assault weapons

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 30515 and 30900, and add section 30680, in essence, to define “detachable magazine” and expand the definition of assault weapons.

Introduced Date: 1/14/16

06/22/16 - Read 2nd time & amended, order to return to 3rd reading in Senate

AB 1680

Assembly Member Rodriguez


Crimes: emergency personnel

This bill would amend Section 402 of the Penal Code, to prohibit the operation or use of a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle at the scene of an emergency by non-emergency personnel.

Introduced Date: 1/19/16

06/21/16 - Re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations

AB 1695

Assembly Member Bonta

Firearms: false reports of stolen firearms

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 148.5 and 29805, to make it a misdemeanor to report a firearm has been lost/stolen, knowing the report to be false.

Introduced Date: 1/21/16

06/30/16 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor

AB 1731

Assembly Member Atkins

Human Trafficking: Statewide Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force

This bill would add Section 236.13 to the Penal Code, creating the Statewide Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force.  The Task Force would gather statewide data on sex and labor trafficking, sex buys, and human trafficking, and would recommend interagency protocols and best practices for training and outreach to law enforcement.

Introduced Date: 1/28/16

06/21/16 – Re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations


AB 1820

Assembly Member Quirk

Unmanned aircraft system

This bill would add Penal Code Section 14350 and generally prohibit a law enforcement agency from using an unmanned aircraft system, obtain from another agency, loan, or arrange to use information obtained from an unmanned aircraft system with several exceptions.  This bill would also require the destruction of data within one year, except as specified.

Introduced Date: 2/8/16

06/28/16 – In Senate Judiciary, failed passage, reconsideration granted


AB 1869

Assembly Member Melendez & Gray

Theft: firearms

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 490.2 and 496, and amend Prop 47 by making the buying/receiving stolen firearms a misdemeanor or felony.

Introduced Date: 2/10/16

06/21/16 – Re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations, suspense file

AB 1940

Assembly Member Cooper

Peace officers: body-worn cameras: policies and procedures

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish policies and procedures to address issues related to peace officers’ use of body-worn cameras.

Introduced Date: 2/12/16

06/28/16 – In  Senate Public Safety Committee for 1st hearing, failed passage

AB 1957

Assembly Member

Public records: body-worn cameras

This bill would add Penal Code Section 6254.31 to the Government Code relating to public records and authorize the governing board of a law enforcement agency, in closed session, to review footage from a body-worn camera when an officer is involved in an incident that resulted in great bodily injury or death. It would also require the release of footage from a body-worn camera 60 days after the commencement of an investigation into a misconduct allegation based on use of force resulting in great bodily injury or death.

Introduced Date: 2/12/16

06/13/16 – Stricken from file


AB 2327

Assembly Member


Contacting or communicating with a minor

This bill would make it a crime to contact or communicate with a minor, or attempt to contact or communicate with a minor, as specified, with the intent to commit human trafficking of, or unlawful sexual intercourse with the minor.

Introduction Date: 2/18/16

06/29/16 – Re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations


AB 2361

Assembly Member

Peace officers: independent institutions of higher education: security officers

This bill would allow a person regularly employed as a security guard for an independent institution of higher education to be deputized or appointed as a reserve peace officer or officer by a sheriff or chief of police if he or she has completed the basic training course for deputy sheriffs and police officers prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and  the institution of higher education and the appropriate local law enforcement agency have entered into a memorandum of understanding.  The bill would make the authority of a person designated as a peace officer pursuant to these provisions applicable only while he or she is engaged in the performance of his or her assigned duties.

Introduced Date: 2/18/16

06/27/16 – In Senate for 3rd reading

AB 2611

Assembly Member Low

The California Public Records Act: visual or audio recording of peace officer's death: conditional exemption from disclosure

This bill would amend Penal Code Section 6254 of the Government Code to expand the exemption of disclosure to include investigatory or security audio or video recordings. The bill would exempt from disclosure any audio or video recording depicting the death or serious bodily injury of a peace officer.

Introduced Date: 2/19/16

06/29/16 – Re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations

AB 2724

Assembly Member Gatto

Unmanned aircraft

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature is to enact legislation that would provide immunity for first responders who damage or destroy drones that interfere with emergency operations.

Introduced Date: 2/19/16

06/21/16 – Re-referred to Senate Judiciary

SB 690

Senator Stone

Property Tax: senior and disabled veterans (previously Stalking)

This bill became a gut-amend bill on 06/22/16, after a rewrite to address property taxes.

Introduced Date: 2/27/15

06/23/16 – Referred to Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation

SB 823

Senator Block

Criminal procedure: human trafficking

This bill would amend Penal Code Section 1203.49, to create a presumption that if a defendant were committing ANY offense while he/she were a victim of human trafficking, the defendant is entitled to a presumption the requirements of relief have been met; (among other considerations) the guilty verdict will be set aside.

Introduced Date: 1/06/16

06/27/16 – Re-referred to Assembly Committee on Appropriations

SB 870

Senator Roth

Domestic violence

This bill would make non-substantive edits to Penal Code Section 273.5, relating to domestic violence.

Introduced Date: 1/12/16

06/21/16 – Hearing canceled at the request of author

SB 880

Senator Hall & Glazer

Firearms: assault weapons

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 30505 and 30900, to revise the definition of “assault weapon” to mean semiautomatic center-fire rifle, or a semiautomatic pistol that does not have a fixed magazine.

Introduced Date: 1/15/16

06/30/16 – Enrolled and presented to the Governor

SB 894

Senator Jackson

Firearms: lost or stolen: reports

This bill would require every person who owns a firearm to report the theft or loss to local law enforcement within five-days.

Introduced Date: 1/21/16

06/3o/16 – Enrolled and presented to the Governor

SB 1005

Senator Jackson


This bill would amend any references to “husband” and “wife” or “married persons” to “spouse.”

Introduced Date: 2/10/16

06/29/16 – Enrolled, presented to Governor

SB 1200

Senator Jackson

Animal cruelty: criminal statistics

This bill would require the course of basic training for corrections and probation officers on domestic violence to include adequate instruction on the seriousness of animal cruelty and its link to violence against humans. (Numerous amendments removing peace officers, adding probation officers.)

Introduced Date: 2/18/16

06/28/16 – Re-referred to Assembly Public Safety Committee

SB 1221

Senator Hertzberg

Firefighters: interaction with persons with mental disabilities

This bill would authorize POST to make the mental health training currently available to peace officers available to firefighters and fire departments.

Introduced Date: 2/18/16

06/30/16 – Order to Consent Calendar

SB 1289

Senator Lara

Law Enforcement: immigration

This bill would prohibit the board of supervisors or sheriff of a county or a legislative body or chief of police of a city or a city and county from entering into or renewing a contract to detain immigrants for profit, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, with a private corporation, contractor, or vendor.

Introduced Date: 2/19/16

06/30/16 – To Assembly Committee on Appropriations

SB 1362

Senator Mendoza

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: security officers

This bill would allow security officers of the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority (LACTA) to detain individuals on properties owned by the LACTA.  In addition, it would allow the same security officers to carry shotguns.

Introduced Date: 2/19/16

4/20/16 - Canceled at the request of author

SB 1446

Senator Hancock

Firearms: magazine capacity

This bill would among other things, amend several Penal Code Sections (e.g., 32310, 32400, and 32405, etc.) changing the penalties for a person in possession of a large capacity magazine, effective July 1, 2017.

Introduced Date: 2/19/16

6/30/16 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor

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