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POST Monthly Report

May 2019

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

POST Releases Strategic Communications Training Video

POST has released its newest training video, “Strategic Communications”. The term “Strategic Communications” supports the approach of infusing professional verbal communications into law enforcement training programs to enhance officer safety and the concept of procedural justice. Understanding and utilizing the skills of Strategic Communications can lead not only to more effective law enforcement, but these skills, crucial to the control and de-escalation of a situation, can also protect officers’ well-being and the safety of the public.

The goal of this training program is to refresh and enhance the concepts and techniques of Strategic Communications (also known as Tactical Communications) within California law enforcement. The training is designed to reinforce a deeper understanding of how to best employ these principles and features verbal communication techniques developed by the late Dr. George Thompson, the creator of Tactical Communications or “Verbal Judo”. The Verbal Judo Institute has been a partner with California law enforcement for many years. It is with their collaboration that this training has been created.

Featured training segments include: Principled Policing, Contact Professional, Situational Awareness/Emotional Intelligence, Core Communication Skills, Crisis Recognition, and Tools and Techniques (8 step and 5 step vehicle stop). The training video package includes two additional training resources: 1) a bonus video section called “Tactical Communications Instructor Resource”, which provides an overview of the various verbal techniques featured in the Tactical Communications program and features 14 short segments that may be used as an instructor resource or used for individual viewing by peace officers of all ranks for refresher training; and, 2) a special publication, “Strategic Communications: A Verbal Communications Guide for Enhancing Officer Safety and Law Enforcement Professionalism”.

The DVD video program offers group or individual officer viewing modes and includes printable instructor and officer documents for either group-facilitated or individual instruction. The DVD was mass-mailed statewide in late March to training managers and training departments at law enforcement agencies in the POST program. Additional DVD copies may be ordered online using the POST Video Catalog.

For more information regarding Strategic Communications training, contact Law Enforcement Consultant, Greg Kyritsis at (916) 227-3898.

POST Convenes Vulnerability Assessment Workshop

In April 2019, members of the Infrastructure Protection Working Group (IPWG) subcommittee convened at the Central California Intelligence Center for a curriculum development workshop. Attendees successfully accomplished their goal to create an initial draft of an expanded course outline and topical breakdown for a training course on basic vulnerability assessments for K-12 school sites.  The course will be designed for School Resource Officers, law enforcement and school security personnel.

Participants included critical infrastructure protection analysts, law enforcement, representatives from the California fusion centers and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to address this important subject to enhance the safeguarding of our school campuses.

Subsequent work will develop mitigation examples, resources, other supporting documents and delivery of a pilot course to the field.

Questions regarding the vulnerability assessment workshop may be directed to Dan Toomey, Law Enforcement Consultant, Training Program Services at (916) 227-4887.

POST Mod II class from College of the Siskiyous runs to support Fallen Davis PD Officer Natalie Corona

Officer Natalie Corona Portrait
Officer Natalie Corona Portrait
Officer Natalie Corona Tribute
Officer Natalie Corona Tribute

On April 27, 2019, a tribute to Fallen Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was held in Colusa County. There was a 3k/5k run, Horse Mounted run, live music, a BBQ, and a fly-in of Sacramento Police Department’s newest Bell Helicopter (which is in the process of being re-named “Halo” in honor of Natalie.)

As this event got underway and police officers, firefighters, their families and the public began to arrive, the entire MOD 2 Academy class of the College of the Siskiyous showed up in P.T. gear accompanied by Academy Director Jeremiah La Rue (LT. Siskiyou SD), Academy Coordinator Abner Weed (Retired SGT./R124 Siskiyou SD), and AJ Professor Michele Korkowski (Retired Woodland P.D.). The MOD course plus cadre made the initial run, finishing ahead of 50% of the group, upon seeing fellow runners still making the run back from the half-way mark, the class ran the entire course again to show their support for Natalie and those runners trying to make it in.

Officer Natalie Corona Tribute Run
Officer Natalie Corona Tribute Run
Officer Natalie Corona Tribute at American Flag
Officer Natalie Corona Tribute at American Flag

After doing so, they were so energized that they formed up under the American Flag hanging from the Williams Fire ladder truck and ran a P.T. circle with their guidon, further energizing those in attendance. It was quite a sight of both tribute and endurance!

Overall attendance was estimated at about 100, and it was all coordinated by one woman, Rene, who Natalie worked for as a teen at a family owned and operated fruit stand on Highway 20 in Williams.

The Sacramento Police Department Pilots allowed Natalie’s family and other attendees to look at and take pictures with the Helicopter, and then they took off and made three passes, sounding their siren on the last pass. It was a fitting tribute to the spirit of that day, and to the memory of Fallen Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona (EOW Jan 10, 2019).

Should you have any questions, please contact Dave Althausen at (916) 227-2804.

POST Receives Emmy Nomination

We’re excited to announce that the Learning Technology Resources Bureau and video production vendor, Digital Outpost, have been nominated for a regional 2019 Emmy award for our Did You Know? Procedural Justice: Immigrant Communities  video. The nominations were announced May 3, 2019, by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter.

The video is nominated in the “Community/Public Service (PSAs) – Single Spot/Campaign” category. The video, which was released in May 2018, expands on the four tenets of Procedural Justice (Voice, Neutrality, Respect, and Trustworthiness) with special attention to immigrant communities and how they may perceive and react to law enforcement. Watch the video online at Did You Know? - "Procedural Justice: Immigrant Communities". Digital Outpost in Carlsbad is POST’s professional video production vendor and has produced nearly 20 Did You Know? videos over the years, many of which have won previous Emmy awards.

The purpose of the Emmy® Awards is to recognize outstanding achievements in television by handing out statuettes in the Pacific Southwest region. The Pacific Southwest region includes San Diego, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in television and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements in television. Find more information about the Emmy competition.

Questions regarding the “Procedural Justice-Immigrant Communities” video or any other POST video training programs may be directed to Senior Consultant Mike Barnes, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454.

POST Receives Homeland Security Grant Program Award

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) approved POST’s Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) application in the amount of $399,000. Funds from the award will support a variety of projects, to include, curriculum updates and delivery of the Terrorism Liaison Officer Intermediate Course; integration of key elements of terrorism awareness throughout selected learning domains of the Basic Courses for entry-level peace officers and public safety dispatchers; and delivery of Human Trafficking Awareness and Human Trafficking Investigation courses to first responders, designated non-governmental personnel and private organizations at locations statewide.

Funds will also be used for the research, test trial assessment and delivery of Cognitive Command (C2) Training for selected peace officers at six (6) California law enforcement agencies and presentation of findings and recommendations. Cognitive Command (C2) Training is a new, multi-faceted approach to law enforcement designed to increase officer and public safety, enhance critical thinking and effective decision making, promote officer wellness, improve application of appropriate de-escalation measures and incorporate procedural justice in police-citizen encounters.

Questions regarding the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) or any of the above projects may be directed to Dan Toomey, Law Enforcement Consultant, Training Program Services at (916) 227-4887

Meet the New POST Employees

Irene Wong-Chi

Irene Wong-Chi

Personnel Selection Consultant II
Strategic Communications and Research Bureau

Irene has over 18 years of experience in the testing industry working in the field of test development and validation, job task analyses, and national examination audits. She began her career in 2001 with the Department of Consumer Affairs, and has worked with both the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Commission on POST. During her time at POST, she developed the Peace Officer Job Task Analysis Validation Report.

Irene received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1997, and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2003 from California State University, Sacramento. Irene is excited to be returning to POST as a Personnel Selection Consultant II in the Strategic Communications and Research Bureau.

Tracy Contreras

Tracy Contreras

Staff Services Manager I
Administrative Services Bureau

Tracy Contreras has 18 years of state accounting experience. She has worked in many areas of accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, travel, revolving fund and payroll to name a few. Most recently she has served as the Accounting Administrator I over the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable units at the State Controller’s Office.

Tracy started with POST on May 29, 2019 and is currently assigned as the Staff Services Manager I over Fiscal Services in the Administrative Services Bureau.

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2019-20 session. Note: updates were made on 5/20/2019.


Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 165

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, 2021, a course of training 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, 2021, and would require the course or courses to include specified topics, including the process of filing a petition for gun violence restraining orders and situational training to assist officers in identifying when a gun violence restraining order is appropriate.

Amended Date: 5/16/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From SECOND READING: Read second time.To THIRD READING

AB 243

Assembly Member Kamlager-Dove

Implicit bias.

Current law requires every peace officer to participate in expanded training prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training that includes and examines evidence-based patterns, practices, and protocols that make up racial and identity profiling, including implicit bias. Once basic training is completed, current law requires specified peace officers to complete a refresher course on racial and identity profiling at least every 5 years. This bill would require those peace officers currently required to take the refresher course every 5 years, and additional peace officers, as specified, to instead take refresher training on racial and identity profiling, including the understanding of implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies, at least every 2 years. 

Amended Date: 4/22/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From APPR. SUSPENSE FILE: Read second time.To THIRD READING. 

AB 301

Assembly Member Chu

Hate crime data collection and outreach

Would require the Department of Justice to carry out various duties relating to documenting and responding to hate crimes, including conducting reviews of all law enforcement agencies every 3 years to evaluate the accuracy of hate crime data provided and agencies’ hate crime policies, implementing a school-based program in conjunction with school districts and local law enforcement agencies aimed at educating students regarding how to report all suspected hate crimes to prevent future hate crimes, and submitting specified hate crime reports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion in the national crime repository for crime data. The bill would also include a statement of legislative findings and declarations.

Amended Date: 3/26/2019

Status: 5/16/2019-In committee: Held under submission. 

AB 332

Assembly Member Lackey

Peace officers: training.

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, on or before April 1, 2021, to submit a report to the Legislature and Governor with specified data relating to students’ completion of training at academies for peace officers and the availability of remedial training, including, among other things, the number of students who received one or more opportunities for remedial training for a learning domain. The bill would also require the report to include, among other things, a review of academies’ practices regarding training remediation and a discussion of whether the commission finds that minimum standards for an appropriate level of remedial training should be established.


Amended Date: 03/18/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From APPR. SUSPENSE FILE: Read second time.To THIRD READING

AB 339

Assembly Member Irwin

Gun violence restraining orders: law enforcement procedures.

Current law authorizes an immediate family member to petition the court for an ex parte temporary gun violence restraining order. Existing law authorizes a court, after notice and hearing, to issue a gun violence restraining order for a period of one year which may be renewed, as specified. This bill would require each law enforcement agency to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders.

Amended Date: 03/6/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From APPR. SUSPENSE FILE: Read second time.To THIRD READING

AB 392

Assembly Member Weber

Peace Officers: deadly force

Would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the killing is in self-defense or the defense of another, consistent with the existing legal standard for self-defense, or when the killing is necessary to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon whose immediate apprehension is necessary to prevent death or serious injury. The bill would additionally bar the use of this defense if the peace officer acted in a criminally negligent manner that caused the death, including if the officer’s criminally negligent actions created the necessity for the use of deadly force.

Amended Date: 03/27/2019

Status: 4/10/2019-From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on RLS. (Ayes 6. Noes 2.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

AB 680 

Assembly Member Chu

Public safety dispatchers: mental health training.

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to adopt 2 mental health training courses for local public safety dispatchers that cover specified topics, including recognizing indicators of mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or substance use disorders, and conflict resolution and deescalation techniques. The bill would require the basic training course to consist of a minimum of 4 hours and the continuing training course to consist of a minimum of one hour.

Amended Date: 03/28/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From APPR. SUSPENSE FILE: Read second time.To THIRD READING.

AB 837

Assembly Member Holden

Peace officers: training: hate crimes.

Would require each local law enforcement agency to require peace officers to attend periodic training in the investigation of hate crimes, using the most recent POST training materials, and would authorize each agency to make the training culturally relevant to the community served by that agency. The bill would require POST to develop guidelines and establish standards for the frequency of that periodic training. By imposing additional duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Amended Date: 3/21/2019

Status: 5/16/2019-In committee: Held under submission. 

AB 855

Assembly Member McCarty

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

Would require the Attorney General to convene a task force, as specified, to study the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers and to develop recommendations, including a model written policy, for law enforcement agencies.

Amended Date: 3/19/2019

Status: 4/26/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2).  (May become 2-year bill)

AB 1052

Assembly Member Chu

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. Existing 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.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From APPR. SUSPENSE FILE: Read second time.To THIRD READING

AB 1071

Assembly Member Limon

Evidence Based Policing Pilot Program

Would establish an evidence-based policing pilot program within the Department of Justice to gather data and analyze data on the efficacy of evidence-based policing programs. The bill would require the department to convene a task force to design a pilot program that would operate in 3 cities or counties, as specified, would provide training to management and supervisory police personnel on the implementation of evidence-based policing, as defined, and would gather crime-related data from those cities or counties for a period of 2 years during which evidence-based policing practices are implemented.

Introduced Date: 4/12/2019

Status: 4/26/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2).  (May become 2-year bill)

AB 1170

Assembly Member Frazier

Peace officer training: intellectual and developmental disabilities

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to establish a continuing education classroom training course related to law enforcement interaction with mentally disabled persons and to make the course available to law enforcement agencies in California. This bill would require the commission, on or before January 1, 2021, and in consultation with the State Department of Developmental Services, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and representatives of community colleges, to incorporate in-person training provided by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities into that training course.

Amended Date: 03/21/2019

Status: 5/16/2019-In committee: Held under submission. 

SB 230

Senator Caballero

Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies

Would require each law enforcement agency to maintain a policy that provides guidelines on the use of force, utilizing deescalation techniques and other alternatives to force when feasible, specific guidelines for the application of deadly force, and factors for evaluating and reviewing all use of force incidents, among other things. The bill would require each agency to make their use of force policy accessible to the public. By imposing additional duties on local agencies, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.

Introduced Date: 04/30/2019

Status: 5/16/2019-From committee: Do pass. Read second time. Ordered to third reading. 

SB 273

Senator Rubio

Domestic violence.

Summary: Current law makes the infliction of corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon specified victims, including, among others, the offender’s spouse or former spouse, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for 2, 3, or 4 years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or a fine of up to $6,000, or by both that fine and imprisonment. This bill would authorize prosecution for that crime to be commenced within 10 years under certain circumstances, including if the state becomes aware of an audio or video recording, photographs, or a written or electronic communication that provides evidence sufficient to charge the perpetrator or if the perpetrator confesses to the offense.

Amended Date: 5/17/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From SECOND READING: Read second time.To THIRD READING

SB 338

Senator Hueso

Senior and disability victimization: law enforcement policies

Would eliminate the duty imposed on long-term care ombudsman programs to revise or include in their policy manuals specified information regarding elder and dependent adult abuse. The bill would also authorize local law enforcement agencies to adopt a policy regarding senior and disability victimization, as defined. The bill would require, if a local law enforcement agency adopts or revises a policy regarding senior and disability victimization on or after October 1, 2020, that the policy include specified provisions, including those related to enforcement and training.

Amended Date: 4/9/2019

Status: 5/16/2019-Referred to Coms. on AGING & L.T.C. and PUB. S.

SB 390

Senator Umberg

School districts and community college districts: school security officers and security guards

Under current law, every school security officer employed by a school district or community college district, and every security guard working on the property of a school district or community college district pursuant to a contract with a private licensed security agency, who works more than 20 hours a week as a school security officer or security guard is required to complete a course of training developed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs in consultation with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. This bill would require those school security officers, commencing July 1, 2021, and security guards to complete that training course regardless of the number of hours worked per week.

Amended Date: 5/17/2019

Status: 5/20/2019-Action From SECOND READING: Read second time.To THIRD READING

SB 399

Senator Atkins

Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

Current law establishes in the Department of Justice a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Current law requires the Governor to appoint members to the commission 2 of whom are required to be members of the public who are not peace officers. This bill would require the President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly to each appoint a member of the commission who is not a peace officer.

Introduced Date: 2/20/2019

Status: 5/16/2019-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.


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