POST Monthly Report

June 2020

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

Two “Officer Wellness” Videos Released

As part of POST’s launch of its new Organizational Wellness and Resiliency Collaborative (see Bulletin 2020-30 (pdf)), POST has released two videos dedicated to the topic of officer wellness.

The latest edition in the Did You Know? video series, “Silent No More” reveals internal issues plaguing many officers as they serve their communities. Through this video’s portrayal of a “routine” day, viewers will recognize many factors affecting officers’ well-being and are encouraged to be Silent No More about law enforcement suicide and mental health. The highly impactful video encourages law enforcement officers to seek help if necessary, raise awareness, and support others who may be struggling with physical or psychological wellness. The video is now available to view or download on the POST Website or on the POST Learning Portal.

A full-length training video, “Officer Wellness,” has also been released.  This program provides insight into the many factors facing peace officers from the beginning of their career through retirement. With poignant scenarios directly from the work and home environments, briefing-style facilitation, expert commentary, and bold interviews with peace officers and family, the video provides valuable information and resources for individual officers, their families, and agencies, in assisting each with experiencing healthier lives. The “Officer Wellness” training video is available to agencies on the POST Learning Portal.

Questions about the new Did You Know? “Silent No More” video and the Officer Wellness training video may be directed to Senior Law Enforcement Consultant Mike Barnes, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454.

Questions about POST’s Organizational Wellness and Resiliency Collaborative may be directed to Senior Law Enforcement Consultant Andrew Mendonsa, Management Counseling and Projects Bureau, at (916) 227-2510.

POST Review of POST Management Course

On June 16-18, 2020, POST audited the California State University, Long Beach, Center for Criminal Justice presentation of the POST-certified “Law Enforcement Management Course.”  The 104-hour course is mandated by POST Regulation 1005 and must be completed within one year of being promoted to the position of lieutenant. The curriculum is designed to assist first-line supervisors (Sergeant) transition to middle management (Lieutenant) role functions. The course was held at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach in Dana Point, California. The learning environment and class attendees complied with the State of California, Department of Public Health, Social Distancing Guideline Recommendations. This was the first class to be rescheduled for a live presentation, in the wake of COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Orders issued on March 19, 2020. Nineteen students attended and successfully graduated from the course.

Questions regarding the Management Course should be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.   

POST Offers Online Training to Training Managers

Law Enforcement Consultants from the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau (TDC) often present training courses at the regional level or in partnership with a training presenter or a local agency. One of the courses TDC presents is the Training Administrator Course (40721) (TAC), which is usually a 12-hour presentation that is historically presented in-person. The audience typically consists of training managers from local agencies, training managers from private entities, or educational institutions that provide POST-approved training, and those managing Regional Training Centers.

The last in-person presentation was on December 17, 2019 in Westminster, CA, which was attended by 20 people from throughout Southern California and other parts of the state. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in-person courses were cancelled over the last few months.

To continue to serve our constituents, the course was quickly converted to an online “webinar” format, reducing the course to four hours with the content focused on only those topics that directly show how to certify a course using our Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system. On June 2, 2020, POST was able to present the course online for a limited number of students from the Central Valley.  

Questions regarding the online course may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Jeff Dunn, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-4873.    

First Online Course for POST: The Supervisory Train-the-Trainer Course

It has been several years since POST offered the supervisory Train-the-Trainer course, which certifies instructors and consists of information and strategies on how to present the 80-hour supervisory course. This course was originally scheduled in a classroom setting; however, due to COVID-19 the class was moved to an online format. Originally, 26 students signed up for the course, but due to the mobilization of agencies to protect the public during protests, the number of students was reduced to 15.

This was the first ever online course presented by POST, which tasked POST staff to learn as much as they could about the ZOOM platform. This entailed reaching out to POST IT personnel for technical assistance to accomplish this goal. The expanded course outline was immediately changed to an online format, rising above the many challenges to adapting to an online format. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Training Program Services (TPS) was unable to purchase materials needed for the course and had to improvise. The online course averaged between seven to eight hours every day for the entire week. At the end of the week, the students facilitated discussions as a team, presenting various aspects of the curriculum. A rubric was designed to provide feedback to the students on their presentations, wherein students and TPS staff provided valuable feedback upon the completion of each presentation. In addition, new material, including Principled Policing, were introduced to the students.

All 15 students completed the necessary certification requirements as instructors for the supervisory course and are now fully qualified to present the course in the near future. In addition, a Quality Assurance Program was also conducted during the course, which will enable TPS to make adjustments when presenting future online courses.  

Questions regarding the online course may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Jim Katapodis, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-3467

Basic Course Waiver Application Statistics Update

The Basic Course Waiver (BCW) provides an exemption from the Regular Basic Course (RBC) or Specialized Investigator Basic Course (SIBC) training requirements. A BCW is granted to individuals with qualifying out-of-state or federal law enforcement experience, whose law enforcement training, experience and education are deemed, by POST, to demonstrate sufficient law enforcement knowledge, skill and proficiency. Acceptance of a BCW is at the discretion of the employing agency.

POST receives an average of 150-200 BCW applications per year. In the past three years, POST Basic Training Bureau processed over 500 BCW applications. There was a slight decline of BCW applications in Fiscal Year 19/20, with staff processing approximately 124 applications. Although we have seen a slight decline in RBC applications, there has been an increase in SIBC waiver applications. 

Questions regarding the Basic Course Waiver Process may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Julie Gorwood, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3915

POST Awards Contract For Updating Two Self-Paced Courses

POST has awarded a contract to Candent Learning Solutions to update, convert, design, and develop smaller Learning Portal training modules on the topic of communication and, in tandem, on the topic of terrorism. 

Each course will be analyzed and re-created into smaller course modules and made available to California law enforcement via the POST Learning Portal. These trainings will help law enforcement meet mandated refresher training including de-escalation techniques for the communication topic and modern issues for the terrorism topic.

Questions or comments regarding this project may be directed to Rayanne Rogers, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3912.

POST Hosts Online Meeting for Training Coordinators

On June 17, 2020, training coordinators from Regions 3 and 4, covering agencies from Merced County to Sacramento County, participated in an online meeting with their POST regional consultants and the leadership of the California Association of Police Training Officers (CAPTO) North Valley Chapter. The discussion included POST Bulletins regarding training requirements, changes authorized during the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential for online training courses for Continuing Professional Training credit, the removal of the carotid control hold from POST approved in-service courses, and other POST updates. The meeting provided participants a networking opportunity and identified the current training needs of the region.  

Questions regarding the online meeting may be directed to Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau Law Enforcement Consultants Jeff Dunn at (916) 227-4873 (Region 4) and Karen Lozito at (916) 227-0471 (Region 3).   

Principled Policing for Basic Course Instructors

A principled policing train-the-trainer course for academy instructors is scheduled for release this summer. The curriculum will cover key elements of principled policing, procedural justice, legitimacy, implicit bias, and the impact of historical and current events on community and law enforcement perspectives. Subjects were added on April 1, 2020 to Learning Domain 3, Principled Policing in the Community.

The course will be offered in both distance learning and on-site classroom formats. Participants will receive instructional support materials, training on strategies for inclusive teaching, suggested methodologies for integration of principled policing in basic training, building enhanced facilitation skills, and teach-back evaluations.

Questions about the train-the-trainer basic course can be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Dan Toomey, Training Program Services, at (916) 227-4887.

POST Hosts Online Meeting for Training Managers

On June 16 and 17, 2020, training coordinators and representatives from 19 Northern California law enforcement agencies participated in online video conference meetings with their POST Region 2 Consultant.

Topics covered were the elimination of the carotid control restraint hold from all POST training curriculum, per order of Governor Newsom; COVID-19 resources for law enforcement and recently issued POST Bulletins regarding training and “emergency” hiring procedures; driver’s training options via Region 2 Skills Training Centers; updated information regarding SB 230 (Use of Force) and POST’s pending release of training curriculum/information for its agencies; and mandated training course options (“Bias and Racial Profiling”) now available on the Learning Portal and other Learning Portal resources (e.g. non-peace officer training options and instructional tutorials).

The video conferences provided participants a networking and information-exchanging opportunity to assist their organizations during these times when meeting in-person has become a challenge.

Questions regarding the online meeting may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Marty Picone, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-4843.  

AB 332 Research Project Update

The Assembly Bill 332 (Penal Code Section 13510.05) project research, data collection, and analyses are continuing. Initial testing, and if relevant, remediation and retest outcome data is being collected on all 42 POST required tests for individuals attending any intensive format regular basic academy since July 1, 2019. As of June 17, 2020, data has been collected on 1,913 students enrolled in 32 academy classes from 20 different academies. In addition, data has been collected from one additional academy with 23 students that is using the newly approved reduced set of firearms tests. This data, and other academy data with the revised test plan, will be analyzed separately. As data is collected, POST staff in the Strategic Communication and Research (SCR) Bureau are carefully reviewing the data and, when necessary, reaching out to the specific academies to correct that data. Academies are encouraged to contact Chau Chan at (916) 227-4835 as soon as they encounter any issues, confusions, or are unclear with the task or instructions.

Questions related to the analyses of the data should be direct to Dr. Bob Holmgren, Strategic Communication and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4830.

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2020-21 session. (Updated 6/11/2020)


Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 1196

Assembly Member Gipson

Community schools: California Community Schools Act (Placeholder Bill: To Be Amended)

Would establish the California Community Schools Act, which would require the State Department of Education to make 3-year grants available to applicant school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to plan and operate California Community Schools under the program, as provided. The bill would require a grant recipient to establish a community school leadership team and hire a community school coordinator, and would require the community school coordinator, in collaboration with the community school leadership team and others, to conduct a needs and assets assessment at the schoolsite and to develop a community school plan within prescribed timeframes.

Amended Date: 04/29/2019

Status: 1/30/2020-Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

AB 1854

Assembly Member Frazier

Missing or Murdered Native American Women Task Force. 

Would create the Missing or Murdered Native American Women Task Force in the Department of Justice, and would provide for the membership of that task force. The bill would require the task force to complete a formal consultation with California’s Native American tribes on how to improve tribal access to databases, to develop recommendations on how to increase state resources for reporting and identifying missing and murdered Native American persons in the state, and to develop a database of nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations that provide aid or support in locating missing Native American persons. The bill would require the task force to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023, detailing improvements to tribal database access, interjurisdictional coordination, and law enforcement resource allocation for cases of missing or murdered Native American persons.

Introduced Date: 1/7/2020

Status: DEAD. 5/29/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was PUB. S. on 1/17/2020)

AB 2236

Assembly Member Gabriel

Peace officer training: hate crimes.

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop and implement a course of instruction and training for specified peace officers on the topic of hate crimes. Current law requires that training to be implemented into the basic course and requires, as specified, all state and local law enforcement agencies to provide the training to all peace officers they employ. This bill would require the basic course curriculum on the topic of hate crimes to include the viewing of a specified video course developed by POST. The bill would also require POST to make the video available via the online learning portal, and would require all peace officers to view the video no later than January 1, 2022.

Amended Date: 5/7/2020

Status: DEAD 6/5/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 6/2/2020)

AB 2591

Assembly Member Ramos

Peace officers: firearms: establishment serving the public.      

Current law makes it a misdemeanor for an innkeeper or common carrier of passengers to refuse to receive or entertain any guest or to refuse to receive or carry any passenger without just cause or excuse. Current law makes it a misdemeanor to deny admittance to accommodations to a blind, deaf, or disabled person and that person’s specially trained guide dog, signal dog, or service dog. This bill would make it unlawful for an establishment serving the public to prohibit or otherwise restrict a peace officer from carrying a weapon on the establishment’s premises that the peace officer is authorized to carry, regardless of whether the peace officer is engaged in the actual discharge of the officer’s duties while carrying the weapon.

Amdnded Date: 03/05/2020

Status: DEAD 5/29/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was PUB. S. on 3/5/2020)

AB 2616

Assembly Member Gabriel

 Peace officer training: gun violence restraining orders

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop and implement, on or before January 1, 2022, a course of training for those law enforcement officers regarding gun violence restraining orders. The bill would require the course to be incorporated into the course or courses of basic training for law enforcement officers on or before January 1, 2022, and would require the course or courses to include specified topics, including the process of filing a petition for a gun violence restraining order and situational training to assist officers in identifying when a gun violence restraining order is appropriate.

Introduced Date: 2/20/2020

Status: DEAD 5/29/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was PUB. S. on 3/2/2020)

AB 2833 

Assembly Member Lackey

Domestic violence: victim’s information card

Current law requires law enforcement agencies to develop and implement written policies for officer responses to domestic violence incidents, including furnishing written notice to victims at the scene in the form of a Victims of Domestic Violence card that contains, among other information, telephone numbers for local hotlines, shelters, and counseling centers. This bill would add the issuance of Victims of Domestic Violence cards as a topic in the course of instruction for the training of law enforcement officers.

Introduced Date: 2/20/2020

Status: DEAD 6/5/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 6/2/2020)

AB 2917

Assembly Member McCarty

Department of Justice: law enforcement policies on the use of deadly force.      

Would require the Attorney General, commencing on July 1, 2023, to create a program within the Department of Justice to review the policies on the use of deadly force of any law enforcement agency, as specified, that requests a review, and to make recommendations.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: DEAD 5/29/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was PUB. S. on 3/5/2020)

AB 3071

Assembly Member Mullin

Lead ammunition: shooting ranges.

Would prohibit a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range, as defined, from selling or giving away ammunition unless that ammunition is certified as nonlead ammunition by the commission. The bill would also prohibit patrons or employees of a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range from firing ammunition unless it is nonlead certified and would require a sport shooting range and an indoor shooting range to post a specified sign to that effect.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: DEAD 6/5/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(6). (Last location was A. W.,P. & W. on 4/24/2020)

AB 3341

Assembly Member Muratsuchi

Public employment: peace officers

Current law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, being of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation. This bill would require that the background investigation for determining moral character use standards defined by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, as minimum guidelines, before the applicant may be employed or begin training as a peace officer. The bill would make related changes.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: DEAD 6/5/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(6). (Last location was A. PRINT on 2/21/2020)

SB 776

Senator Skinner

College admissions: criminal history inquiry: prohibition

Would prohibit a postsecondary educational institution in this state from inquiring about a prospective student’s criminal history on an initial application form or at any time during the admissions process before the institution’s final decision relative to the prospective student’s application for admission. By imposing new duties on community college districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Amended Date: 1/6/2020

Status: 1/27/2020-Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 30. Noes 6.) Ordered to the Assembly. In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk

SB 1089

Senator Archuleta

Law enforcement: training policies

Current law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training in the Department of Justice and requires the commission to adopt rules establishing minimum standards regarding the recruitment of peace officers. Existing law requires the commission to develop guidelines and implement courses of instruction regarding racial profiling, domestic violence, hate crimes, vehicle pursuits, and human trafficking, among others. Current law requires the commission to implement a course or courses of instruction for the regular and periodic training of law enforcement officers in the use of force. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

Introduced Date: 2/19/2020

Status: 2/27/2020-Referred to Com on RLS

SB 1108

Senator Hueso

Senior and disability victimization.      

Would require that all local law enforcement agencies adopt a policy regarding senior and disability victimization on or before January 1, 2022, and to make the policy and all future updates and amendments available to the California Commission on Aging and the state protection and advocacy agency upon request. By expanding the duties of local law enforcement, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Amended Date: 3/26/2020

Status: DEAD 5/29/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was PUB. S. on 2/27/2020)

SB 1136

Senator Gonzalez, Lena

Peace officers: recruitment of women

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop best practice recruiting recommendations and materials that include best practices for recruiting women peace officers. The bill would require the commission to create and make available a guidebook or other material on best practices for peace officer recruitment for recruiting community oriented officers and women peace officers. The bill would also require the commission to distribute a short bulletin via the internet to law enforcement agencies on the topic of best recruitment practices, including recruiting women peace officers.

Amended Date: 4/1/2020

Status:  DEAD 5/29/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was PUB. S. on 2/27/2020)

SB 1354

Senator Hurtado

Law enforcement agencies: public records

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and each local law enforcement agency to conspicuously post on their internet websites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public if a request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act. This bill would require that information to be posted in English, Spanish, and any other language that is spoken by at least 5% of the population in the jurisdiction of that law enforcement agency.

Introduced Date: 02/21/2020

Status: DEAD 5/29/2020-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5). (Last location was PUB. S. on 3/12/2020)

SB 1392

Senator Bradford

Peace officers: basic course of training

Current law requires every peace officer to have satisfactorily completed an introductory training course prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Current law requires each applicant for admission to a basic course of training certified by the commission that includes the carrying and use of firearms, who is not sponsored by a local or other law enforcement agency, or is not a peace officer, to submit written certification to the Department of Justice that the applicant has no criminal history background that would disqualify them from possessing a firearm. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: 3/12/2020-Referred to Com. on RLS.


The POST Monthly Report is a monthly status report that informs POST Commissioners and the California law enforcement community of recent progress on POST projects and instructional programs under development, and other information of importance to our mission to continually enhance the professionalism of California law enforcement.

©2020 Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training | 860 Stillwater Road, Suite 100, West Sacramento, CA 95605
To subscribe to email alerts for POST Monthly Report, please subscribe here.