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POST Monthly Report

June 2022

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

POST Wins 2022 Emmy Award for GVRO Awareness Video

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) and its video production vendor, Digital Outpost, received an Emmy Award for the Did You Know? Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO) awareness video at the June 2022 National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) regional awards competition. The video won in the “Branded Content” category. 

Originally released in February 2021, the Did You Know? GVRO video encourages officers to look beyond first impressions, using what appears to be a routine domestic disturbance to dramatically illustrate that a hidden threat involving firearms may be present and that a GVRO should be obtained. The Did You Know? video series features short vignettes that inform and remind officers to always be vigilant in the delivery of exceptional police services while ensuring safety for themselves, their peers, and the citizens they serve. The video is available to view on the POST Website or the POST Learning Portal.

Digital Outpost in Carlsbad is POST’s professional video production vendor and has produced more than two dozen Did You Know? videos over the years, many of which have won previous Emmy awards. 

Questions about the June 2022 Emmy award and the Did You Know? GVRO video may be directed to Ron Crook, with the Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3913.

POST Runs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) 47th Annual Memorial Torch Run

POST Law Enforcement Consultant, Mark Flores, ran in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) 47th annual Memorial Torch Run to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty. The 21.5-mile Memorial Torch Run’s route covers all LASD’s stations, going through the San Gabriel Mountains, including Palmdale Station to Crescenta Valley Station. Others who joined were runners Tania Flores, Deputy John Hong, Retired Deputy Alan Bennett, and bicyclist, Retired Law Enforcement Technician Diva Burns.

Questions regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s 47th annual Memorial Torch Run may be directed to Mark Flores, Law Enforcement Consultant in the Training Delivery & Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-4414.

LASD 47th Annual Memorial Torch RunLASD 47th Annual Memorial Torch Run

Public Safety Dispatchers Basic Course Workshop

On June 15-16, 2022, POST hosted a two-day workshop with a group of Public Safety Dispatcher subject matter experts to update Learning Domain (LD) 105 – Missing Persons, LD106 – Domestic Violence, and LD108 – Child, Elder, Dependent Adult Abuse. Additionally, the group of experts created the content to be covered in a brand-new learning domain addressing Human Trafficking. The amount of work covered over the two days by this group will have a tremendous positive impact on future Public Safety Dispatchers.

Workshops are two days long and take place once a month, either online or in person.

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.

Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course Workshop

Training Managers Course Presented in Dana Point, CA

On June 14-16, 2022, students attended the 24-hour Training Managers Course presented by the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training, California State University (CSU), Long Beach, in Dana Point, CA. The course is designed for assigned Training Managers. Topics included developing and implementing a training plan, legal issues associated with training, and maintaining retention of training records.

Additionally, POST staff presented information on the POST Website, POST Learning Portal, course certification, POST regulations, and agency compliance inspections.

For information on upcoming courses, please contact the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training, CSU Long Beach. Questions about the course may be directed to the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau at (916) 227-4860.

Training Managers Course Presented in Dana Point

College of the Siskiyous Academy, Graduation of Class #008

On June 25, 2022, the College of the Siskiyous Academy, Graduation of Class #008, held ceremonies at the McCloud Golf Course in McCloud, CA. Siskiyou County Sheriff, Jeremiah LaRue, presented the graduation certificates to 18 cadets. Please join us in congratulating the College of the Siskiyou’s Class #008 on this significant achievement.

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

College of the Siskiyous Academy Class #008 Graduation

Basic Training Bureau Conducts Review of The Basic Course Comprehensive Tests

The Basic Training Bureau held a test panel workshop on June 14–16, 2022, at POST in West Sacramento. The test panel reviewed test item stems and questions pertaining to LD 26 -Critical Incidents, LD 34 - First Aid/CPR and AED, LD 39 - Crimes Against the Justice System, and LD 43 - Terrorism Awareness. In addition to these specific learning domains, the test panel also reviewed lower-scoring questions on the Regular Basic Course 1 and 2 comprehensive tests. The review of this content resulted in clarification within test item stems and questions as needed and the addition of test questions for LD 26 and 43.

For questions regarding the testing process, please contact Jennifer Hardesty, Staff Services Manager I with the Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3917.

The Basic Course Comprehensive Tests Review

The Distance Learning Handbook is Now Available

A new publication is now available on the POST Website. The Distance Learning Handbook provides direction for presenters who wish to effectively deliver POST certified courses in an online format. The handbook contains key terms and theories, best practices, instructional strategies, and steps to certification for distance learning.

Questions regarding the Distance Learning Handbook may be directed to Charday Alcaraz, Instructional Designer/Project Manager with the Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-5562.

Development of Field Training Courses to Comply with Senate Bill 2

POST is working to develop a series of field training courses focused on providing participants with the necessary and relevant information to comply with the legislative requirements, pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 2. These training courses will be presented in two separate, four-hour sessions. The first training course, Selection Standards and Certification (9180-28011) will provide an overview of SB 2 and in-depth facilitation regarding requirements for background and hiring, peace officer appointments, proof of eligibility, and Basic Certificates. The second training course, Reporting Requirements and Decertification Investigation/Process (9180-28012) will provide an overview of SB 2 and in-depth facilitation regarding requirements for notification of alleged peace officer serious misconduct, investigations, suspensions, and de-certifications.

The training courses are intended for agency heads, agency background investigators, hiring managers, individuals responsible for entering a Notice of Appointment and/or Affidavit of Separation, internal affairs investigators, or other individuals responsible for making notification to POST of serious misconduct.

Training courses are tentatively scheduled to begin in August and will run through the end of the year. The dates will be published in the next few weeks. These training courses will be eligible for reimbursement under POST Plan I, and four Continuing Professional Training credit hours will be granted for each session completed.

Questions regarding the training courses may be directed to SB2@post.ca.gov.

The Quality Assessment Program Evaluations Are Back In Progress

In April 2022, the Quality Assessment Program (QAP) re-started after a brief three-month hiatus. The QAP utilizes subject matter experts to evaluate POST certified courses for content and delivery and is a tool that ensures POST courses meet standards. 

From April 12 - June 22, 2022, the assessors evaluated 17 courses for a total of 118 hours. As a result of the assessments, seven courses had issues with either an instructor, regulations, or a combination of both. Presenters are notified of any issues, are given direction as to possible corrective actions, and are asked to address and fix those issues to improve their overall course delivery. We appreciate the cooperation of those who have participated in the QAP process.

Questions regarding the Quality Assessment Program may be directed to William Baldwin, Law Enforcement Consultant with the Training Program Services, at (916) 227-4263.

Webinar on How to Complete eTRRs

POST will be hosting an informational webinar on how to complete Automated Paperless Training Reimbursement Requests (eTRRs). The webinar will be held via Zoom on July 20th, at 10:00 a.m. There will be a 20–30 minute presentation with time allotted at the end for questions.

The webinar will include:

  • Definitions and Regulations
  • Filling out an eTRR
  • Common Errors
  • State Controller Audits

You may register at the eTRR Informational Webinar.

This webinar will be recorded and later posted to the POST Website for future reference.

Please send questions you would like to see addressed during the webinar to Steve Harding, Law Enforcement Consultant with the SB2 Transition Team, at (916) 227-2816.

Meet the New POST Employees

Michael Dalisay
Law Enforcement Consultant I
Learning Technology Resources Bureau

Michael Dalisay

Mike comes to us from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) where he served as a Lieutenant and was assigned as the Executive Officer at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Prior to his most recent assignment, Mike was assigned to various specialized units including Investigations, Motors, and the Special Response Unit. He was also a senior member of ACSO’s Instructional Cadre. Mike is currently assigned as a Law Enforcement Consultant I and is completing his Bureau rotations.

Kaylyn Radford
Staff Services Analyst
Administrative Services Bureau

Kaylyn Radford

Kaylyn came from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) where she served as the Staff Services Analyst for the Employee Health Program, Nursing Services. Prior to CDCR, she worked as a Financial Specialist at an optometric office. Kaylyn is currently assigned as a Budget Analyst in the Administrative Services Bureau.

William Watkins
Staff Services Analyst
Human Resources

William Watkins

William is a new addition to the world of Human Resources as a whole. Before starting with POST, he worked as a Supervisor of Food Safety for Bay State Milling Company. William is assigned as a Staff Services Analyst in Human Resources.

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is a list of the legislation POST is monitoring during the 2021-22 legislative session. This is not a complete list of legislation that could affect law enforcement. (Updated 6/24/2022)

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: 6/22/2022-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 0.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1639

Assembly Member Voepel

Firearms

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: 5/6/2022-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(6). (Last location was A. PUB. S. on 1/20/2022)

AB 1836

Assembly Member Maienschein

Peace officers: mental health

Would, upon appropriation of funds, establish the Officer Wellness and Mental Health Grant Program within the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for the purpose of improving officer wellness and expanding mental health resources and suicide prevention. The bill would require the commission to award grants to eligible local law enforcement agencies and local peace officer associations. The bill would require program funds to be used for one or more specified purposes, including the establishment of officer wellness and peer support units and the hiring and retention of licensed mental health professionals.

Introduced: 4/28/2022

Status 6/22/2022-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 4. Noes 0.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1947

Assembly Member Ting

Hate crimes: law enforcement policies

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. Current 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. The bill would require those policies to, among other things, include instructions on considering the relevance of specific dates and phrases when recognizing whether an incident is a hate crime, to include a supplemental suspected hate crime form. The bill would require every state and local agency to use specified definitions for the term “protected characteristics.” The bill would require each law enforcement agency to report their hate crime policy to the Department of Justice, as specified. The bill would require the department to post information regarding the compliance and noncompliance of agencies that are required to provide information relative to hate crimes to the department.

Introduced: 5/19/2022

Status: 5/23/2022-Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

AB 2062

Assembly Member Salas

Local law enforcement hiring grants

Would, upon appropriation of funds for this purpose in the annual Budget Act and until January 1, 2029, require the Board of State and Community Corrections to establish a grant program to provide $50,000,000 in grants to local law enforcement agencies to incentivize peace officers to work in local law enforcement agencies that are in underserved communities and to live in the communities that they are serving. The bill would require grant funds to be used to provide a 5-year supplement to peace officer salaries in local law enforcement agencies that are in underserved communities that have had a homicide rate higher than the state average for the past 5 years or more and where the peace officer lives within 5 miles of the office in which they work. The bill would require local law enforcement agencies that receive grants to report specified information to the board annually and would require the board to report to the Legislature and the Governor’s office on the efficacy of the program, as prescribed, on or before July 1, 2028.

Introduced: 2/14/2022

Status: 5/20/2022-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/27/2022)

AB 2229

Assembly Member Rivas

Peace officers: minimum standards: bias evaluation

Current law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, that peace officers be evaluated by a physician and surgeon or psychologist and found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer. This bill would require that evaluation to include bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

Introduced: 2/15/2022

Status: 6/2/2022-Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

AB 2429

Assembly Member Quirk

Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training: assessment of training requirements. 

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training is required to adopt rules establishing minimum standards relating to physical, mental, and moral fitness governing the recruitment of specified peace officers. This bill would require the commission to perform specified duties, including, among other things, partnering with academic researchers to conduct an assessment of existing officer training requirements and determining how well the existing officer training requirements are working for officers in the field. The bill would require the commission to report its findings to the Legislature by January 1, 2025.

Introduced: 4/6//2022

Status: 6/22/2022-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 2537

Assembly Member Gipson

Vehicles: driver education.

Would require the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, to develop and create a video demonstrating the proper conduct by a peace officer and an individual during a traffic stop and to post the video on its internet website.

Amended: 4/7/2022

Status: 6/15/2022-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on PUB. S. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (June 14). Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

AB 2547

Assembly Member Nazarian

 Peace officers: determination of bias

Current law requires each law enforcement agency to be responsible for completing investigations of allegations of serious misconduct of a peace officer. This bill would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to establish a definition of “biased conduct,” as specified, and would require law enforcement agencies to use that definition in any investigation into a bias-related complaint or an incident that involves possible indications of officer bias. The bill would also require POST to develop guidance for local law enforcement departments on performing effective Internet and social media screenings of officer applicants.

Amended: 6/16/2022

Status: 6/16/2022-Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S. From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

AB 2557

Assembly Member Bonta

Peace officers: records

Would make records and information obtained from records maintained by an agency or body established by a city, county, city and county, local government entity, state agency, or state department for the purpose of civilian oversight of peace officers subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The bill would require those records to be redacted only as specified. By increasing duties on local entities, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.

Introduced: 2/17/2022

Status: 4/29/2022-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5).

AB 2583

Assembly Member Mullin

Peace officers: training

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. Current law requires POST to require field training officers who are instructors for the field training program to have at least 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training to better train new peace officers on how to effectively interact with persons with mental illness or intellectual disability. This bill would require the commission to revise that training to include instruction on how to effectively interact with persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Introduced: 4/18/2022

Status: 5/20/2022-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8).

AB 2831

Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

Sheriffs

Current law sets forth the duties of a sheriff and requires a sheriff to command the aid of as many inhabitants of the sheriff’s county as they think necessary in the execution of their duties. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Introduced: 2/18/2022

Status: 5/6/2022-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(6)

SB 882

Senator Eggman

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

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. The bill would require the council to be composed of 9 members, appointed by the Governor, Senate Committee on Rules, and Speaker of the Assembly, including an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability and a representative from a law enforcement organization. The bill would require the council to meet quarterly beginning July 1, 2023, and would require the council to submit a report including recommendations to the Legislature for improving outcomes of interactions with both individuals who have an intellectual or developmental disability and mental health conditions, as specified.

Introduced: 6/9/2022

Status 6/14/2022-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 14). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

SB 960

Senator Skinner

Public employment: peace officers: citizenship

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, and would make conforming changes.

Amended: 5/25/2022

Status: 6/23/2022-Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

SB 1000

Senator Becker

Law enforcement agencies: radio communications. 

urrent law establishes the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) to make specified criminal justice databases, including individual criminal histories, wanted and missing persons, and stolen firearms, vehicles, and property, available to participating law enforcement agencies. Current law prohibits unauthorized access to CLETS and the unlawful use of CLETS information by authorized users. Existing law authorizes the Attorney General to adopt policies, procedures, and practices related to the use of CLETS. These rules require a participating agency to restrict access to CLETS and define “access” as the ability to see or hear any information obtained from CLETS. This bill would require a law enforcement agency, including the California Highway Patrol, municipal police departments, county sheriff’s departments, specified local law enforcement agencies, and specified university and college police departments, to, by no later than January 1, 2024, ensure public access to the radio communications of that agency, as specified.

Amended: 5/19/2022

Status 6/21/2022-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

SB 1464

Senator Pan

Law enforcement: public health orders

Current law requires all sheriffs to execute all lawful orders of a department in their counties. Current law authorizes each sheriff to enforce all orders of the State Department of Public Health or of the local health officer issued for the purpose of preventing the spread of any contagious, infectious, or communicable disease. Current law authorizes each peace officer of every political subdivision of the county to enforce within the area subject to their jurisdiction all orders of the State Department of Public Health or of the local health officer issued for the purpose of preventing the spread of any contagious, infectious, or communicable disease. This bill would instead require those sheriffs and peace officers to enforce those orders. By expanding the duties of local law enforcement, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.

Amended: 4/18/2022

Status: 4/29/2022-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5).

 

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