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POST Monthly Report

October 2020

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

POST Conducts Workshop to Revise the Campus Law Enforcement Course

On October 13-15, 2020, POST’s Basic Training and Learning Technology Resources Bureaus conducted a workshop in Garden Grove, CA to update the 40-hour Campus Law Enforcement course. Subject matter experts from local school districts, community college districts, campus law enforcement agencies, and course presenters came together to make important updates to the course.   

This specialized course of training is required by all school peace officers who are employed by a public school district or California Community College district. The course is designed to familiarize school police officers with the specialized skills necessary to effectively meet the safety needs of students and staff in a school environment.

For more information regarding the Campus Law Enforcement Course, please contact Law Enforcement Consultant Stephen Crawford, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4957.

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POST Conducts Two De-escalation Curriculum Development Workshops

On October 12-13 and October 27-28, 2020, the Training Program Services Bureau hosted curriculum development workshops in San Diego and Sacramento, CA. These work groups were comprised of subject matter experts and a diverse group of community representatives to develop curriculum for an 8-hour de-escalation course that will incorporate the POST De-escalation publication, De-escalation Strategies and Techniques for California Law Enforcement.”

This information will be made available to all California law enforcement agencies for use and implementation of their own de-escalation program. 

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

POST Hosts First Virtual Training Manager Symposium - 2020 A New Decade in Training

On October 13-15, 2020, with over 700 registered attendees, POST hosted a three-day online symposium filled with information-packed presentations and workshops. It provided a rare opportunity for training managers from throughout the State to obtain training that will assist them in their critical role of supporting quality law enforcement for their agencies and their communities.

The Symposium, each morning, highlighted a keynote speaker, who addressed emerging trends in law enforcement and how training plays a key role in any organization. There was a total of nine different workshops offered to provide a wide breadth of topics for all attendees. These topics included: enhancing attendees’ knowledge of POST regulations, course certification, new training manager overview, training during COVID-19, background investigations, reimbursement processes, developing a training plan, and how legislation can affect law enforcement and POST training.

Questions regarding the POST Training Manager Symposium may be directed to Senior Consultant Christine Ford, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.

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New “Initial Response to Natural Disasters” Training Video Released

POST has released its latest training video, “Initial Response to Natural Disasters.” Available to view on the POST Learning Portal, this training program is designed to enhance California law enforcement personnel’s natural disaster preparedness and on-scene actions, with a specific focus on the initial stages of an incident before standardized emergency management systems are fully operational. Segments include: common measures officers and their families can take ahead of an incident, actions taken by officers during disasters, a review of personal well-being and how critical incidents often affect those involved, and considerations in decision-making to provide for better and safer outcomes for first responders and the communities they serve. 

The training program progresses through pre-planning, awareness, initial response, evacuations, communications, security, repopulation, and self-care sections. The training includes expert commentary highlighting the experiences of those who found themselves in the middle of emerging disasters, along with a special case-study, providing first-hand experiences of officers directly involved with recent disasters. The new video program offers group or individual trainee viewing modes and includes printable instructor and trainee documents for either group-facilitated or individual instruction. DVD copies may also be ordered online at POST Training Videos.

Questions about the new “Initial Response to Natural Disasters” training video may be directed to Mike Barnes, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454

POST Conducts Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Workshop

On October 6, 2020, the Training Program Services Bureau convened their first virtual workshop to begin updating the curriculum for the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) Core Course, which is the prerequisite for all ICI Foundation Specialty Courses within the program. The 80-hour ICI Core Course is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the individual criminal investigator’s skills in performing the multi-disciplined and multi-leveled tasks necessary to successfully conduct comprehensive criminal investigations. Instruction in this course is provided through a coordinated, experience-based adult learning approach that addresses crime scene management, interviewing and interrogation, search and seizure, search warrant preparation, physical surveillance techniques, case reporting, informant management, media relations, case reporting, and courtroom testimony.

Additional information regarding the ICI Program can be found on the POST ICI webpage. Questions may also be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Gerald Fernandez, Training Program Services Bureau, (916) 227-3933.

Quality Assessment Program (QAP) Update

The Quality Assessment Program (QAP) 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 team evaluated the following courses in October 2020: 

  • Suicide by Cop (San Diego)
  • Re-assessment of Threat Assessment/De-escalation (Corona)
  • Legislative Update (Corona)
  • Re-assessment of District Attorney Investigator Transition (San Jose)
  • Motorcycle Training, Instructor (Redlands)
  • Motorcycle Training (Redlands)

In addition, the QAP Curriculum and Facilitation Coaches have been referred three courses that received unacceptable or needs improvement ratings. These coaches are a small cadre of tenured law enforcement professionals with experience ranging from line staff to executive level. These coaches have graduated from the POST Instructor Development Institute, Master Instructor Certification Course and many have advanced degrees. The coaches provide guidance in improving course curriculum, content facilitation skills and work one-on-one with the course presenter and facilitators to identify and enhance elements needing improvement.

Travel reimbursement via Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) has been REINSTATED for all IDI courses. 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.

POST Conducts Procedural Justice Course Workshop

On October 23, 2020, the Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau and California State University Long Beach (CSULB,) Center for Criminal Justice, collaboratively partnered to conduct a curriculum review workshop. The focus of the meeting centered on contemporizing the “Principled Policing: Procedural Justice, Implicit Bias and Legitimacy” course curriculum. The work group was comprised of curriculum designer subject matter experts. The focus of the group centered on contemporizing and standardizing the 8-hour, in-service course curriculum content. 

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

POST Launches Principled Policing for Basic Courses T4T Course

The inaugural presentation of the Principled Policing for Basic Courses, Train-the-Trainer (T4T) course was held October 19-21, 2020 in Monterey, CA. The course was designed to prepare academy instructors with the integration of principled policing components in Learning Domain 3, Principled Policing in the Community, which was revised in April 2020.

POST staff from the Basic Training and Training Program Services Bureaus attended the session. Attendees were instructors from agencies throughout the State who actively participated, provided valuable input, and gave the course high praise.

Key topics included: principled policing, procedural justice, police legitimacy, historical perspectives, implicit bias, explicit bias, cultural competency and building trust with the community. Participants also received course instructional materials, training on enhanced facilitation skills and techniques for experiential learning.

Future presentations of the 3-day course are planned for several locations throughout the State.

Questions regarding the course may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Raymund Nanadiego, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4852 or Law Enforcement Consultant Dan Toomey, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-4887.

POST Conducts Quality Assessment Program (QAP) Evaluator Workshop in San Diego

On October 14-15, 2020, the Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau hosted a Quality Assessment Program (QAP) evaluator workshop in San Diego, CA. The work group was comprised of subject matter experts, POST Master and Advanced Instructors and individuals with previous QAP experience. The purpose of the workshop was to ensure that enough qualified evaluators are available as a result of the expansion of the QAP contract budget. The focus for this budget cycle will be an assessment of Regulation 1070 training, and training associated with use of force, officer involved shootings, mental health and de-escalation. These elements will be assessed in all POST-certified training, ranging from basic academies through executive law enforcement courses. 

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

POST to Conduct Management Course Update Workshop

On November 3-5, 2020, the Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau will conduct a Management Course Update Workshop. The collaboratory of subject matter experts will forensically examine the nuances of the curriculum to ensure proper sequencing, learning outcomes, and contemporary course relevance.  

For questions regarding the management course, please contact Law Enforcement Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.

Virtual Presentation of the Racial Profiling, Train-the-Trainer Course

On January 4-6, 2021, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) will facilitate its first virtual presentation of the Racial Profiling, Train-the-Trainer Course. The class will be exclusively attended by instructional facilitators from the “Get Safe” Program. This is a unique, interactive training program designed to help individuals live free from a full spectrum of fears. MOT will conduct future traditional presentations of the Racial Profiling, Train-the-Trainer Course during January, February and March 2021.

Questions regarding the Racial Profiling, Train-the-Trainer Course may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2020-21 session. (Updated 10/21/2020)

Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 66

Assembly Member Gonzalez

Police: use of force.

Would prohibit the use of kinetic energy projectiles or chemical agents, as defined, by any law enforcement agency to disperse any assembly, protest, demonstration, or other gathering of persons, except in compliance with specified standards set by the bill, and would prohibit their use solely due to a violation of an imposed curfew, verbal threat, or noncompliance with a law enforcement directive. The bill would prohibit the use of chloroacetophenone tear gas or 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile gas by law enforcement agencies to disperse any assembly, protest, demonstration, or other gathering of persons.

Amended Date: 08/25/2020

Status: DEAD

AB 846

Assembly Member Burke

Public Employment: public officers or employees declared by law to be peace officers

Current law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to perform various functions involving the training of peace officers. 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.

Amended Date: 06/25/2020

Status: Chaptered

AB 1022

Assembly Member Holden

Peace officers: use of force

Current law requires each law enforcement agency, on or before January 1, 2021, to maintain a policy that provides a minimum standard on the use of force. Current law requires that policy, among other things, to require that officers report potential excessive force to a superior officer when present and observing another officer using force that the officer believes to be unnecessary, and to require that officers intercede when present and observing another officer using force that is clearly beyond that which is necessary, as specified.This bill would require those law enforcement policies to require those officers to immediately report potential excessive force, and to intercede when present and observing an officer using excessive force, as defined.

Amended Date: 07/30/2020

Status: 8/21/2020-DEAD

AB 1185

Assembly Member McCarty

County board of supervisors: sheriff oversight

Current law establishes the office of the sheriff in each county to preserve peace, and authorizes the sheriff to sponsor, supervise, or participate in any project of crime prevention, rehabilitation of persons previously convicted of crime, or the suppression of delinquency. Current law requires a board of supervisors to supervise the official conduct of all county officers and ensure that they faithfully perform their duties. This bill would authorize a county to establish a sheriff oversight board to assist the board of supervisors with those duties as they relate to the sheriff, either by action of the board of supervisors or through a vote of county residents

Status: Chaptered

AB 1196

Assembly Member Gipson

Peace officers: use of force

Would prohibit a law enforcement agency from authorizing the use of a carotid restraint or a choke hold, as defined.

Amended Date: 08/24/2020

Status: Chaptered

AB 1299

Assembly Member Salas

Peace officers: employment

Would require any agency that employs peace officers to notify the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training when a peace officer separates from employment, including details of any termination or resignation in lieu of termination. This bill would require an agency to notify the commission if an officer leaves the agency with a complaint, charge, or investigation pending, and would require the agency to complete the investigation and notify the commission of its findings. The bill would require the commission to include this information in an officer’s profile and make that information available to specified parties including any law enforcement agency that is conducting a preemployment background investigation of the subject of the profile.

Amended Date: 08/06/2020

Status: Vetoed

AB 1506

Assembly Member McCarty

Police use of force

Current law requires law enforcement agencies to report to the Department of Justice, as specified, any incident in which a peace officer is involved in a shooting or use of force that results in death or serious bodily injury. This bill would create a division within the Department of Justice to, upon the request of a law enforcement agency, review the use-of-force policy of the agency and make recommendations, as specified.

Amended Date: 8/17/2020

Status: Chaptered

AB 1599

Assembly Member Cunningham

Peace Officers: investigations of misconduct

Would require a law enforcement agency or oversight agency to complete its investigation into an allegation of the use of force resulting in death or great bodily injury, sexual assault, discharge of a firearm, or dishonesty relating to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime or misconduct by another peace officer or custodial officer, despite the peace officer’s or custodial officer’s voluntary separation from the employing agency. The bill would require the investigation to result in a finding that the allegation is either sustained, not sustained, unfounded, or exonerated, as defined. The bill would also require an agency other than an officer’s employing agency that conducts an investigation of these allegations to disclose its findings with the employing agency no later than the conclusion of the investigation.

Amended Date: 7/8/2020

Status: 8/21/2020-DEAD

AB 1709

Assembly Member Weber

Law Enforcement: use of force

This bill would remove the specification that a peace officer making an arrest need not desist in their efforts because of resistance or threatened resistance from the person being arrested. The bill would also require a peace officer to attempt to control an incident through deescalation tactics, as defined, in an effort to reduce or avoid the need to use force, to render medical aid immediately or as soon as feasible, and to intervene to stop a violation of law or an excessive use of force by another peace officer.

Amended Date: 07/21/2020

Status: 8/31/2020-DEAD

SB 731

Senator Bradford

Peace Officers: certification: civil rights

Would provide that a threat, intimidation, or coercion under the Tom Bane Civil Rights Act may be inherent in any interference with a civil right and would describe intentional acts for these purposes as an act in which the person acted with general intent or a conscious objective to engage in particular conduct.

Amended Date: 08/20/2020

Status: 8/31/2020-DEAD

SB 776

Senator Skinner

Peace officers: release of records

Current law makes peace officer and custodial officer personnel records and specified records maintained by any state or local agency, or information obtained from these records, confidential and prohibits these records from being disclosed in any criminal or civil proceeding except by discovery. Current law sets forth exceptions to this policy, including, among others, records relating to specified incidents involving the discharge of a firearm, sexual assault, perjury, or misconduct by a peace officer or custodial officer. Current law makes a record related to an incident involving the use of force against a person resulting in death or great bodily injury subject to disclosure. Current law requires a state or local agency to make these excepted records available for inspection pursuant to the California Public Records Act. This bill would make every incident involving use of force to make a member of the public comply with an officer, force that is unreasonable, or excessive force subject to disclosure.

Amended Date: 08/24/2020

Status: 8/31/2020-DEAD

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: 8/31/2020-DEAD

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: 8/31/2020-DEAD

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