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POST Training Videos FAQs

California POST delivers high-quality, in-service and specialized training videos to law enforcement agencies in the California POST program. POST training videos are designed to assist law enforcement training managers and instructors in meeting specific training needs or legislative mandates for their agency. Full-length POST-certified videos are divided into short, roll-call length segments that may be presented over multiple training sessions for Continuing Professional Training (CPT) credit.

DVDs Now Online as Streaming Videos

POST has converted 100 titles from its training video collection from DVD disc to online streaming on the POST Learning Portal. All new POST videos are now released exclusively online as streaming videos. Limited quantities of previously released videos on DVD format are available to agencies by mail while supplies last (see Finding Available Videos below).

POST has released several new videos within the last year:

  • Bias and Racial Profiling
  • Human Trafficking
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • Officer Wellness
  • Mental Health: Responding to Individuals In Crisis
  • Initial Response to Natural Disasters
  • Domestic Violence & and Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO)
  • Next Generation Dispatching
  • Recruit Training Officer (RTO) Orientation
  • Director/Coordinator Orientation
  • Introduction to POST Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
  • Did You Know? Human Trafficking
  • Did You Know? Hate Crimes (two videos)
  • Did You Know? Officer Wellness
  • Did You Know? Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO)

Finding Available Videos

Available training videos are listed online at the POST Multimedia Course Catalog and the POST Learning Portal Video Catalog. POST Learning Portal users have immediate access to all full-length training videos, plus additional special or limited-release videos. DVD-based training video orders must be placed by agency training managers or supervisors using the Training Video Program Order form. DVDs are shipped from POST’s West Sacramento headquarters. Videos are free of charge for California POST agencies.

New Training Video Releases

When POST produces new training videos, they are released exclusively as streaming videos to the POST Learning Portal (all videos released in 2021 and later). Limited quantities of DVD versions of training videos (2020 or earlier) are available to agencies by mail while supplies last, but agencies are encouraged to access POST videos online at the POST Learning Portal instead of ordering DVD copies by mail.

Video Program Guides

All POST training videos feature a companion Program Guide . This single-page PDF document provides the presenter with a summary of the program and shows the video segments and other contents. Notations about the release date, ID number, CPT credit, viewing options, and other video program information are also included.

Other Guides and Support Documents

Most full-length POST training videos produced after July 2012 feature printable facilitator and trainee documents. These “Facilitator's Guide” and “Participant's Guide" (or "Student Study Guide”) support documents are available on the original DVD disc or the POST Learning Portal online.

Enhanced Training Video Format

The newer generation of POST training videos (July 2012 or newer) provide enhanced features for facilitators and individual trainees that include set-up questions, sample training facilitation sessions/demonstrations, and interviews with subject matter resources that clarify and reiterate important teaching points. Two viewing modes are now offered: “Facilitated Group Course” or “Informational/Individual Viewing.” Additional "how to" instructions for facilitation and obtaining CPT credit are included.

Special “Did You Know?” Informational Videos

The Did You Know? video series features short, high-impact vignettes that inform and remind officers to always be vigilant in the delivery of exceptional police services while ensuring safety for themselves, their peers, and the citizens they serve. These dynamic and engaging videos are perfect for roll call and other briefing or training settings. The complete collection of videos may be viewed and downloaded from the POST Learning Portal.

Check POST Course Catalog Prior to Using Older DVDs

Agency training managers who wish to present POST training videos on DVD disc for CPT credit or to satisfy mandated training requirements must always check the POST Course Catalog to ensure that the training video DVD is still certified for use and is listed. Training videos that have been discontinued are removed from the POST Course Catalog and the POST Learning Portal.

Questions About Video Presentations, Documentation, and CPT Credit

Check with your POST Regional Consultant for assistance with questions about satisfying training requirements and mandates using POST videos, training video presenter certification, the POST Course Catalog and EDI system, how to report training video CPT credit, etc. Presenters should document all POST training video completions via POST Course Rosters within the POST EDI system . NOTE: Training videos viewed online at the Learning Portal do not automatically receive CPT credit and a POST Course Roster must be submitted separately (same procedure as DVD viewing). View Instructions for Training Video Course Rosters (pdf).

Questions About Video Distribution, Editorial Content

Contact the Learning Technology Resources Bureau for questions about video distribution, technical troubleshooting, or questions related to editorial content or printed resources for training videos.