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POST Monthly Report

November 2019

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

Conversion of DVD Training Videos to Online Streaming

POST has started transition of its training video collection from DVD discs to online streaming on the POST Learning Portal, beginning with conversion of several DVDs released in the last two years. 

The training videos now available online include:  Active Shooter; Body-Worn Cameras; Dispatcher: Suspicious Activity Report; Dispatchers: Career Resiliency; Dog Encounters: Keeping Officers Safe; Hate Crimes Identification and Investigation; Human Trafficking: Identify and Respond, Marijuana Initiative, Mental Health Update; Use of Force: Totality of the Circumstances; and End of Life Option Act.  Dozens of previously-released DVDs are being converted, and when complete, more than 75 POST training videos will be available for streaming on the POST Learning Portal by the end of the year.  Other video titles already available on the POST Learning Portal include the Homeland Security training video series (18 titles) and the “Did You Know?” officer awareness video programs (21 titles).  During this transition POST will still offer DVD copies of  the training video programs by mail, but only upon request and in limited amounts for those agencies that are unable to access the online versions. 

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

POST Conducts CHP Basic Course Certification Review (BCCR)

The POST Basic Training Bureau recently conducted a Basic Course Certification Review (BCCR) with the California Highway Patrol. The Basic Course Certification Review (BCCR) is an in-depth review of presenters of the Regular Basic Course (RBC).  The BCCR ensures the quality, integrity, and safety of entry-level peace officer training in California. POST ensures all certified RBC presenters comply with Penal and Government Codes related to POST, California Code of Regulations (Title 11, Division 2) and POST Training Procedures.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Senior Consultant Steve Harding, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-2816


POST De-Escalation Summit

On October 14 – 18, 2019, POST partnered with the Government Training Agency and hosted the De-escalation Summit to create a best practices publication for California law enforcement agencies.  The purpose of the POST De-escalation Summit was to bring together 112 professionals from varying backgrounds such as: law enforcement professionals, academics, attorneys, researchers, mental health professionals, and other essential stakeholders in a facilitated environment that enabled every person to learn from the knowledge and experience of one another. Over the course of this summit, participants were able to explore standardized, contemporary de-escalation practices.  The participants accomplished their objective of capturing and cataloging the information which will be used to develop appropriate policies and training. POST will be publishing recommended best practices in de-escalation, and this document will be available to all California law enforcement agencies no later than July 1, 2020.

Questions regarding the De-escalation Summit may be directed to Bureau Chief Drew Wyant, Management Counseling and Projects Bureau, at (916) 227-3926

POST Presents Director/Coordinator Course in Garden Grove

During the week of November 11-15, 2019, POST Basic Training Bureau presented a 24-hour Director/Coordinator Course for State, County and local law enforcement agencies.  This training is a mandated course of instruction for Directors and Coordinators of the Regular Basic Course. Directors and Coordinators must meet the requirement of attending this course within one year of their academy assignment.

The Director/Coordinator Course was facilitated in Garden Grove, CA and included instruction on Academy Management, POST regulations and training procedures, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), testing and remedial training requirements, liability and ethics dialogue, legislative mandates, academy safety policies, and the POST Basic Course Certification Review process (BCCR).  This course of training provided an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to meet with POST staff and network with each other. The next Director/Coordinator Workshop is scheduled for June 9-12, 2020, in Folsom, CA.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Senior Consultant Steve Harding, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-2816

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Innovations Grant Program Update

In our ongoing effort to support innovations in training, leverage unique partnerships with a wide variety of diverse stakeholders, and to address pressing issues between law enforcement and the communities they serve, POST is pleased to announce the next phase in the Innovations Grant Program (IGP). This three-year program is directly targeted at partnerships between community-based nonprofits and law enforcement organizations. Beginning in January 2019, applications were solicited and up to $200,000 in grant funding became available for organizations interested in developing and providing training or workshops to California law enforcement in one of five topic areas: Implicit Bias, Use of Force and De-escalation, Cultural Diversity and Awareness, Community Policing, or Wellness Programs for Law Enforcement Officers. 

During the first phase of the project, many attendees have expressed their appreciation for the training received and the direct applicability to their performance at work.  One officer, who recently attended an IGP-sponsored course in de-escalation, provided the following comments regarding an incident with a person who they previously had to use force against.  “Approximately two weeks ago, I responded to an incident involving an agitated individual threatening to use physical violence against medical personnel. Upon arrival, I immediately assumed control of the situation and spoke with the individual, and completely changed the topic of conversation… He lowered his voice and apologized to me... I was able to talk him down without resorting to physical intervention by effectively communicating, by controlling my emotions, and focusing on “Victory” before “Glory”.  Using this approach allowed me to reach a positive outcome with this hostile subject. I am so thankful I attended this course. I even apply these techniques with co-workers, who noticed my change in communication and dealing with conflict in the workplace”.

On December 1, 2019, POST will launch a third round of funding to exhaust the remaining funds and this effort is specifically targeted at community based non-profit groups.

Information regarding the Innovations Grant Program, including presenters, the application process, documents, and deadlines, is available at Innovations Grant Program.

Data Collection for Assembly Bill 332

Assembly Bill (AB) 332 is the legislative mandate to collect data on academic testing, remedial training, and retest practices in the intensive Regular Basic Course (RBC). The bill requires the collection of comprehensive data to address the various mandated information in AB 332, which includes, but is not limited to, the gender and race of each recruit in relation to the success rate of the RBC academy.

POST staff have developed a data collection tool that was distributed to the RBC presenters at the beginning of July 2019. POST also provided trainings to the RBC staff on the usage of the data collection tool via a webcast.

General questions about AB 332 can be directed to law enforcement consultant, Raymund Nanadiego at (916) 227-4852. Specific questions about the data collection efforts for the AB 332 can be addressed to Examination and Research Consultant, Chau N. Chan at (916) 227-4835.

POST SWAT Operational Guidelines and Standardized Training Recommendations 

The newly updated Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Operational Guidelines and Standardized Training Recommendations have been released.  They may be found at Publications and Guidelines.

Penal Code Section 13514.1 directs the Commission to develop and disseminate guidelines and standardized training recommendations for law enforcement officers, supervisors, and administrators, who are assigned to perform, supervise, or manage SWAT operations. 

The guidelines and recommendations contained within this document represent the best thinking of contemporary law enforcement practitioners and serve as a resource for agencies and training presenters. They are intended to provide guidance in the formation, oversight, operation, and training of SWAT teams. While these guidelines encourage standardization, they are deliberately general in construct to accommodate individual agencies’ policies regarding the operational deployment of SWAT teams.

POST would like to extend its gratitude to the subject matter experts who worked with POST staff to develop and update these guidelines.

Questions about the POST SWAT Operational Guidelines and Standardized Training Recommendations may be directed to Senior Consultant Robert “R.C.” Smith at (916) 227-4864.

POST Presents Training Coordinator Course at Cathedral City PD

On November 13-14, 2019, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau staff provided a Training Coordinator Course (TCC) held at the Cathedral City Police Department. This 16-hour course is designed to teach a newly assigned Training Coordinator the fundamentals of the job from the POST perspective. Topics included: background compliance, legal issues, legislative mandates, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), course certification process, and more. Training Coordinators from 18 law enforcement agencies participated in the course. Many thanks to Regional Consultants Karen Lozito, Christine Ford, and Alan Soroka for taking the lead on the facilitation.

If you would like to have a Training Coordinator Course presented in your region, please contact your Regional Consultant

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POST 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 in October and November 2019: 

  • Peer Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention Behavioral Health Training, Field Training Officer
  • Special Weapons and Tactics Team Leader
  • Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, Criminal Abatement
  • Sex Offender Supervisor
  • Principled Policing
  • Principles of De-escalation
  • Crisis Intervention and De-escalation Training
  • Force Option Simulator, Instructor
  • Supervisory Leadership Institute
  • Tactical Breaching Course
  • De-escalation and Tactical Communication (Los Angeles)
  • Mental Health Intervention Training
  • De-escalation and Tactical Communications (Yuba)

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.

Level 1 (Basic) Academy Instructor Certification Course (AICC):  This course meets the requirements for AICC.  This course is open to all law enforcement trainers, including those training in an academy, advanced officer training, in-service training and all other professional development training. Students will gain facilitation skills and an understanding of how to employ adult learning methodologies appropriate for various law enforcement topics.  This course is designed to teach fresh, innovative techniques such as:

  • Training Skills
  • POST basic course instructional system
  • Roles and responsibilities of the instructor
  • Concepts of adult learning
  • POST instructor workbook series
  • Elements of training
  • Delivery strategies
  • Instructional resources
  • Presentation skills

If interested, visit IDI Presenters 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 Training Program Services Bureau Chief, Mike Radford (916) 227-3925 or Special Consultant Tamara Baarts, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-7357.

Meet the New POST Employees

Krysta Wanner
Staff Services Analyst
Basic Training Bureau 

Krysta Wanner

Krysta comes to POST from Senator Jim Nielsen’s office where she served as a Legislative Aide in his Capitol Office. She is now assigned as a Staff Services Analyst in the Basic Training Bureau. 

Jozhua Gonzales
Student Assistant
Learning Technology Resources Bureau   

Jozhua Gonzales

Jozh is currently a student at Sacramento State University and expects to graduate in Spring 2021. He is a Computer Science major with an interest in all related fields, but intends to focus on cyber security or artificial intelligence. Jozh is assigned as a Student Assistant in the Learning Technology Resources Bureau. 

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2019-20 session. The 2020-21 Legislative Session begins on January 6, 2020. (Updated 11/20/2019)


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: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 7/8/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

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: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/12/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

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: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/1/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

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.


Chaptered: 8/30/2019

Status: 8/30/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 172, Statutes of 2019.

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.

Chaptered: 8/19/2019   

Status: 8/19/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 170, Statutes of 2019

AB 524

Assembly Member Bigelow

Peace officers: deputy sheriffs

Under current law, in certain counties, a deputy sheriff, who is employed to perform duties exclusively or initially relating to custodial assignments with responsibilities for maintaining the operations of county custodial facilities, is a peace officer whose authority extends to any place in the state only while engaged in the performance of the duties of the officer’s employment and for the purpose of carrying out the primary function of employment relating to the officer’s custodial assignments, or when performing other law enforcement duties directed by the officer’s employing agency during a local state of emergency. This bill would include a deputy sheriff employed by the County of Del Norte, the County of Mono, or the County of San Mateo within that definition of peace officers.

Vetoed: 10/8/2019

AB 680 

Assembly Member Chu

Public safety dispatchers: mental health training.

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, on or before January 1, 2021, to develop mental health training courses for state and local public safety dispatchers, incorporated in the dispatchers’ basic training course and as a continuing training course, 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 commission to develop these courses in consultation with specified groups and individuals

Amended Date: 8/12/2019

Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/19/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

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: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (May become 2-year bill)

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: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/12/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

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:  5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). May be acted upon January 2020.

AB 1185

Assembly Member McCarty

Officer oversight: sheriff oversight board.

Would authorize a county to establish a sheriff oversight board, either by action of the board of supervisors or through a vote of county residents. The bill would authorize a sheriff oversight board to issue a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum when deemed necessary to investigate a matter within the jurisdiction of the board. The bill would authorize a county to establish an office of the inspector general to assist the board with its supervisorial duties, as provided

Introduced Date: 02/21/2019

Status: 9/15/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(15). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 9/9/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

SB 230

Senator Caballero

Law enforcement: use of deadly force: training: policies

Would, by no later than January 1, 2021, 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.

Chaptered: 9/13/2019

Status: 9/13/2019-Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 285, Statutes of 2019

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 8 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.

Chaptered: 10/7/2019

Status: 10/7/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 546, Statutes of 2019.

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.

Chaptered: 10/8/2019

Status: 10/8/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 641, Statutes of 2019.

SB 390

Senator Umberg

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

Would require school security officers employed by a school district, charter school, county office of education, or community college district, commencing July 1, 2021, and security guards working on the property of a school district, charter school, county office of education, or community college district, to complete that training course regardless of the number of hours worked per week. The bill would require school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and community college districts to provide the training required for their school security officer employees during regular work hours, except as specified. By imposing additional duties on school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and community college districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Chaptered: 10/2/2019

Status: 10/2/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 475, Statutes of 2019.

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

Chaptered: 10/8/2019

Status: 10/8/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 594, Statutes of 2019.

SB 781

Committee on Public Safety

Public Safety Omnibus

Current law requires an employer to disclose employment information, as defined, about an applicant not currently employed as a peace officer or an applicant for a position other than sworn peace officer within a law enforcement agency. Current law requires the employment information to be kept confidential, but authorizes disclosure between the initial requesting law enforcement agency and another authorized law enforcement agency that is also conducting a peace officer background investigation. This bill would authorize disclosure of employment information by the initial requesting law enforcement agency and another authorized law enforcement agency conducting a background investigation on a law enforcement agency applicant that is not a peace officer.

Chaptered: 9/5/2019

Status: 9/5/2019-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 256, Statutes of 2019


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