POST Monthly Report

March 2020

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

Scenario Manager Course 

On February 25-28, 2020, POST’s Basic Training Bureau hosted a 24-hour Scenario Manager Course in Garden Grove.  The course was attended by 31 students, representing several basic academies throughout the state. This course is required for basic academy scenario managers, prior to managing scenario testing.  During the course, students learned and discussed scenario competencies, test development, testing and remedial training requirements, and scenario test security protocols.

For questions regarding the Scenario Manager Course, please contact Staff Services Manager I (Specialist) Anita Finner, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3901.

New Human Trafficking “Did You Know?” Video Released

POST’s newest Did You Know? video, “Human Trafficking,” is now available to view or download on the POST Website and on the POST Learning Portal. This latest addition to the Did You Know? series provides a glimpse behind closed doors and inside the mind of a sex trafficking victim. The goal of this roll-call length video is to promote law enforcement’s understanding of how trafficking victims may find themselves trapped on the streets and in a relentless cycle of violence and helplessness. The segment encourages officers to recognize these types of human trafficking cases and shows how persistence with offering help to victims will help them find justice and give them a chance at a new beginning.

Questions regarding the new Did You Know? Human Trafficking video may be directed to Mike Barnes, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454.

AB 332 Research Project Update

Assembly Bill 332 (Penal Code Section 13510.05) research project data collection and analyses are continuing.  Initial test, and if relevant, remediation and retest outcome data is being collected on all 42 POST required tests for all individuals attending any intensive format regular basic academy beginning since July 1, 2019.  As of March 19, 2020, data has been collected on 946 students enrolled in 17 academy classes from 13 different academies.  As data is collected, POST staff in the Strategic Communications 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, confusion, or are unclear with the task or instructions.

Questions related the analyses of these data should be direct to Dr. Bob Holmgren at (916) 227-4830.

POST Hosts Basic Course Consortium in San Diego

San Diego POST Consortium 2
San Diego POST Consortium 2
San Diego POST Consortium 1
San Diego POST Consortium 1

In the early part of March 2020, POST’s Basic Training Bureau hosted the Basic Course Consortium, in San Diego (Del Mar), California. This is a bi-annual seminar that is designed to foster dialogue between the basic course presenters, as well as serve as an opportunity for the Basic Training Bureau to introduce and discuss current trends, best practices, legislative changes, and proposed updates to regulation. Members from the Basic Training Bureau provided informational updates to support all aspects of the basic courses. 

During this Consortium presentation, Dr. Paul Sargent provided an in-depth presentation on the topic of Officer Wellness, which included discussions on resiliency training, overcoming adversity and support for law enforcement related stress.

Questions regarding the Basic Course Consortium may be directed to Bureau Chief Jim Grottkau, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3935

The Quality Assessment Program (QAP) Evaluations are in Progress 

The Quality Assessment Program uses subject matter experts to evaluate POST certified courses for content and delivery.  Emphasis is placed on delivering current, relevant curriculum in a manner conducive to adult learning. The QAP evaluated the following courses during January – March 31, 2020:

  • Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI), Domestic Violence Course (San Diego);
  • Defensive Tactics Update (Pomona);
  • Crisis Intervention and De-escalation Training (Davis);
  • Field Training Officer (Sacramento);
  • Detective School (Fresno);
  • Less Lethal Weapons Instructor (Simi Valley);
  • Diversionary Device Instructor (Camarillo);
  • Wellness Program for Law Enforcement (San Diego);

As well as all other POST programs, QAP has been impacted by course cancellations as a result by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions. The following courses were cancelled:

  • Mental Health Crisis Intervention II, Cancelled COVID-19
  • Wellness Program for LE Officers [Innovative Grant Program (IGP)], Cancelled COVID-19
  • Crisis Intervention, Cancelled COVID-19
  • ICI, Advanced Gang Course, Cancelled COVID-19
  • Motorcycle Training Instructor Course, Cancelled COVID-19
  • Officer Safety and Field Tactics, Cancelled COVID-19
  • Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias (IGP), Cancelled COVID-19
  • ICI Human Trafficking Investigations, Cancelled COVID-19
  • Cultural Diversity (IGP), Cancelled COVID-19
  • Use of Force/De-escalation (IGP), Cancelled COVID-19

Effective October 7, 2019, travel reimbursement via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) has been REINSTATED for all IDI courses.  Effective July 1, 2019 POST has refunded the IDI program for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  There is no tuition for POST-Reimbursable agencies and a reduced tuition for all Non-POST Reimbursable agencies.

If interested, please visit the POST Website to locate the presenter and the dates of training near you. For additional instructional training, refer to the POST Catalog.

If you have any questions regarding QAP, please contact Special Consultant Tamara Baarts, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-7357.

Additional DVD Training Videos Now Streaming on the POST Learning Portal

POST continued conversion of its training videos from DVD disc to the POST Learning Portal with many titles now available 24/7 as streaming videos.  Eight video titles added in March include: Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities; Fusion Center; Homeless and Policing: A Collaborative Approach; Homicide Investigation; Interview and Interrogation; SWAT Operations; and, SWAT Update: Command and Control.  Several additional previously released DVDs will be converted in the next few months, with more than 75 POST videos available for streaming on the POST Learning Portal. 

For questions about POST Training Videos, visit the POST Website or contact Ron Crook, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3913.

Meet the New POST Employees

William Baldwin

William Baldwin

Law Enforcement Consultant II
Basic Training Bureau

Bill comes to POST from Honolulu where he retired as a Major from the Honolulu Police Department after 32 years of service. He worked in various positions within the department, including patrol, traffic and training. Bill is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 244 and is currently assigned as a Law Enforcement Consultant II in the Basic Training Bureau.

Jenny Michel

Jenny Michel

Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Training Program Services Bureau

Jenny comes to us from the California Department of Public Health WIC Division (CDPH/WIC) where she served as a Communications Analyst. Prior to CDPH/WIC, Jenny worked for the California Highway Patrol in various capacaties, the most recent was a Training Analyst within the Organizational Development Section. Jenny is assigned as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the Training Program Services Bureau.

Kirk Bunch

Kirk Bunch

Law Enforcement Consultant I
Training Program Services Bureau

Kirk comes to us from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office (SCDA) where he worked as a Senior Criminal Investigator, 2001-2020. Prior to SCDA, Kirk worked at the Pittsburg Police Department (PPD), 1987-2001, holding various positions in Patrol and Detectives, and finished as a Detective/Sergeant. Kirk is assigned as a Law Enforcement Consultant I in the Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau.

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2020-21 session. The Legislature is on recess until April 13 or upon call of the Chair.  (Updated 3/17/2020)


Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

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: 1/17/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

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.

Introduced Date: 2/13/2020

Status: 3/16/2020-In committee: Hearing postponed by committee

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: 3/9/2020-Re-referred to Com. on PUB.S.

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: 3/2/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

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: 3/2/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S

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: 3/5/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB.S.

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: 2/24/2020-Read first time.

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:2/24/2020-Read first time.

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.

Introduced Date: 2/19/2020

Status: 3/10/2020-Set for hearing

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.

Introduced Date: 2/19/2020

Status:  3/4/2020-Set for hearing

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: 3/12/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S

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.


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