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POST Publications and Guidelines

POST produces a wide variety of publications designed to enhance the professionalism of California law enforcement. All publications are researched and developed by work groups comprised of POST staff and subject matter resource staff.  They are sanctioned by the POST Commission prior to release.

This material is copyright protected. Individual copies of POST publications are for personal, non-commercial use only, and are not to be distributed.  Information regarding use of these publications or any material on the POST Website can be found on the Website Terms and Conditions page.

Questions regarding copyright and fair use may be directed to the Strategic Communications and Research Bureau at (916) 227-4832.

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Child Abuse Investigation (pdf)

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19981201

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

Summary

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has prepared these guidelines to assist all those involved in the prevention, detection, and investigation of child abuse crimes, with an added dimension of a healing sensitivity for victims and others.

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Academy Instructor Certificate Program (pdf)

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20190501

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Training Program Services (TPS)

Summary

The Academy Instructor Certificate Program establishes instructor training and certification requirements for academies in the program.

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Administrative Manual, POST

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undated

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POST

Summary

The POST Program exists under the authority of, and in compliance, with California Penal Code Sections l3503, 13506, and l3510. The POST Program is voluntary. A jurisdiction or department that desires to participate in the POST Program may apply, and if accepted, must adhere to the regulations stated in this manual.

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Anti-Reproductive-Rights Crimes (pdf)

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20091101

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The guidelines are presented as an overview to allow the reader to consider a systematic approach in either investigating anti-reproductive-rights crimes or in creating an agency specific plan for handling cases involving these crimes. Also included are procedures for the statistical reporting requirements to the Department of Justice.

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Background Investigation Manual

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20130101

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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The pre-employment background investigation is among the most important in investigations that a law enforcement agency will ever conduct. The purpose of this manual is to assist investigators in conducting background investigations for both peace officer and public safety dispatcher candidates, assuring compliance with minimum standards of appointment, and screening out candidates who are found unsuitable for the positions in question.

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Background Investigation Tabs, Dispatcher (pdf)

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20090701

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Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau (TDC)

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Tabs may be downloaded and printed or agencies/organizations may order tabs in black and white at a discounted price and have them shipped directly from the FedEx Doc Store.

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Background Investigation Tabs, Peace Officer (pdf)

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20090701

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Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau (TDC)

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To assist agencies in ensuring they have obtained all required documentation. These Report Tabs are for organizing background investigation reports that POST compliance consultants review when they visit agencies. Tabs may be downloaded and printed or agencies/organizations may order tabs in black and white at a discounted price and have them shipped directly from the FedEx Doc Store.

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Basic Course Management (pdf)

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20150301

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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The intent of this publication is two-fold: first, to provide managers and administrators with a document that provides guidelines for developing agency and college policies for managing a POST-certified basic academy, and second, to clearly define POST policies and requirements for training and testing.

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Basic Course Student Workbooks

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undated

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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These Learning Domains are a part of the POST Basic Course Instructional System; they are supplements to classroom instruction.

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Peace Officer, Becoming an Exemplary

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20061101

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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This manual defines and explains the desired values of an exemplary peace officer: leadership, good character, with a strong ethical component that leads to insightful decision-making. To view, register and sign on to the Learning Portal.

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Peace Officer, Becoming an Exemplary: Ethical Decision Making (pdf)

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20090201

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

Summary

This publication is part of a suite of materials that integrate ethical considerations and effective decision-making strategies into Basic Academy training and field operations.

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Public Safety Dispatcher, Becoming an Exemplary (pdf)

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20150801

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Training Program Services (TPS)

Summary

From an overview of the job, to looking beyond training, this publication is a tool that educates and equips applicants, academy students, and public safety dispatchers with skills to assist them in making insightful decisions that result in longer-term career success.

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Building a Career Pipeline (pdf)

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20120701

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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This guide is a recruitment tool to assist law enforcement agencies in developing school-based programs for law enforcement recruiting in partnership with local school districts.

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Coroner Occupational Analysis (pdf)

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20100801

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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The purpose of this occupational analysis was to define the tasks that new death investigators must perform safely and competently. This occupational analysis will serve as the basis for the development of statewide training for death investigators. Local agencies can also opt to use results to develop selection criteria for new death investigators in their jurisdiction.

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Vehicle Pursuit (pdf)

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20070201

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

Summary

These guidelines are designed to assist law enforcement executives in addressing the broad range of issues surrounding vehicle pursuits. Accordingly, the guidelines are intended to promote discussion, analysis, and review of the agency’s pursuit policy. It is recommended that these policies be developed in concert with agency legal counsel.

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Course Catalog

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undated

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POST

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The POST Certified Course Catalog is now online only. It includes brief course descriptions, course titles, presenter names and contact information.

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Commission Policy Manual (pdf)

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20190111

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POST Executive Office (EXO)

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The Manual is intended for use by the Commission and POST staff and provides a ready reference to current Commission policies. The policies reflected in this manual support the Resource Stewardship aspect of the POST mission statement. Listed below each policy are the applicable Commission meeting date and any other information relevant to the particular policy.

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Communications Training Officer Program, Trainer's Manual (doc)

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20120401

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This manual facilitates a baseline standard throughout California by outlining the key duties and training required for a public safety dispatcher. The forms provide important and detailed documentation of competency.

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Communications Training Officer Program, Trainer's Manual, Verification Forms (doc)

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20120401

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This volume of customizable forms is a companion to the CTO Program Guidelines. Use these forms to document dispatcher competencies.

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Crowd Management, Intervention, and Control (pdf)

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20120301

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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A fundamental role of law enforcement is the protection of the rights all people have to peacefully assemble, demonstrate, protest, or rally. In turn, law enforcement also has the responsibility to ensure public safety and to protect the lives and property of all people. These guidelines are designed to assist law enforcement leadership in addressing the many challenges and issues surrounding a response to incidents of crowd management.

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Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, Instructor Manual (pdf)

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19990101

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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The competence of a law enforcement EVOC training instructor is the focus of this manual.

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Public Safety Dispatcher (Entry-Level), Selection Test Battery User's Manual (pdf)

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19960201

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This manual provides information regarding a battery of cognitive ability tests developed by POST for use in selecting candidates for entry-level employment in the public safety dispatcher occupation.

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Public Safety Dispatcher (Entry-Level), Examinee Guide (pdf)

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19960201

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POST

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This Test Battery was designed to measure the aptitude for performing public safety dispatcher work. The tests measure general abilities that are normally developed over an extended period of time. They are not designed to measure job-specific knowledge or skills that are taught in training.

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Reading and Writing Tests (Entry-Level), Report (pdf)

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19810401

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This report summarizes research, funded by a 1978 LEAA grant, in the development of reading and writing tests to be used for the entry level screening of law enforcement applicants.

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Uniformed Patrol Officer (Entry-Level) Job Analysis, Tasks (pdf)

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19990401

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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The purpose of the study was to identify the important job duties that are performed by entry-level uniformed patrol officers statewide. The results provide a basis for subsequent analysis of entry-level patrol officer basic job requirements, that is, the knowledge and skills that are necessary for successful performance of entry-level uniformed patrol officer duties.

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Ethical Decision Making Tools

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20030626

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POST

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These decision-making tools were developed to support the POST Strategic Plan objective to integrate leadership, ethics and community policing into California Law Enforcement training. To view, register and sign on to the Learning Portal.

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Evidence and Property Function, Agency Self-Evaluation (pdf)

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20130909

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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This document coincides with the POST Evidence and Property Management Guide and gives agencies a tool through which to evaluate their evidence and property functions against national best practices.

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Evidence and Property Management (pdf)

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20130909

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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This document, set in guideline format, is essential for an agency to ensure that national evidence and property storage and security best practices are met, reducing exposure to liability. This guide should be used in conjunction with the Evidence & Property Agency Self-Evaluation.

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Field Training Program

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20141023

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The POST Field Training Program (FTP) model provides comprehensive guidelines and structured learning content to facilitate newly-assigned peace officers transitioning from an academic setting to field training where they gain hands-on experience forming the foundation of their career.

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Child Safety when a Custodial Parent or Guardian is Arrested (pdf)

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20080401

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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These guidelines are the result of Assembly Bill 1942 (Nava) and are intended to improve child safety in the event that a parent or guardian is arrested.

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Domestic Violence (pdf)

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20040401

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The original publication on this topic was produced and provided to law enforcement in1988. These updated guidelines reflect recent law changes and contemporary thinking concerning domestic violence. They are deliberately brief and are intended to be elaborated upon by law enforcement administrators and training presenters.

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Student Safety in Certified Courses (pdf)

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20070201

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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These guidelines establish procedures to reduce and prevent injuries to students during reality-based training, while still providing a valid training experience.

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Sexual Assault Investigation (pdf)

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20080701

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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A comprehensive manual for sexual assault investigation; includes applicable state and federal regulations.

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Human Trafficking (pdf)

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20141101

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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These guidelines are presented in a format that will allow the reader to follow a systematic process when conducting human trafficking investigation.

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Hate Crimes (pdf)

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20080901

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The POST Hate Crimes Model Policy has been updated to comply with state law that became effective January 1, 2019. Any local agency that updates an existing hate crimes policy, or creates a new one, must incorporate the new requirements in California Penal Code 422.87, including the content of the model policy framework developed by POST. State agencies are required to update their current policy using the POST Hate Crimes Model Policy per California Penal Code 13519.6(c).

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Physical Fitness Program (In-Service), Coordinator's Manual (pdf)

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19930101

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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The program described in this manual is designed to promote officer fitness by recognizing officers who achieve and maintain exemplarv levels of physical fitness. In addition to meeting these standards, all program participants are required to develop and maintain a personal exercise program.

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Physical Fitness Program (In-Service), Officer's Manual (pdf)

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19930101

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The program is designed to promote officer fitness by recognizing officers who achieve and maintain exemplary levels of physical fitness.

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Leadership, Ethics and Community Policing, Instructor's Guide

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20051201

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These learning activities are required in 16 of the Basic Course Learning Domains and their use is strongly encouraged in all other Learning Domains.

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Interviewing Peace Officer Candidates

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20090801

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This manual is intended to assist department heads and other oral interview panel members in all phases of the interview: question development, administration and candidate evaluation.

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Marshal / Deputy Marshal (Entry-Level) Job Analysis (pdf)

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19830401

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This research project was designed to provide POST and the various Marshals' Offices with a comprehensive job analysis data base for the position of Marshal/Deputy Marshal.

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K-9 (pdf)

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20140101

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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POST has refined K-9 guidelines which have been in use for more than a decade. Recognizing that agencies now use canines in specialized capacities, POST has determined that it would not attempt to standardize all functions. Instead, these guidelines recommend minimum training and evaluation benchmarks for K-9 Patrol and detection functions.

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Records Function, Agency Self-Evaluation (pdf)

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20140301

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The failure to manage the records function can affect the successful prosecution of criminal violators, resulting in liability and loss of public confidence. This self-evaluation provides agencies with an effective tool to assist in meeting recommended records management guidelines.

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Records Management (pdf)

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20140131

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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This guide was developed as a best practices resource for law enforcement. It provides a framework to assist agencies in the development of written directives to document and standardize the processes related to the law enforcement records function.

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Medical Screening Manual

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20150601

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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The POST Medical Screening Manual is used widely in the evaluation of entry-level peace officer candidates. This current manual is a significant revision that includes changes resulting from California disability statutes.

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Missing Persons Investigations (pdf)

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20111230

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The POST Missing Persons Guidelines were updated in December 2011, pursuant to Penal Code 13519.07. This manual includes the information and guidance that officers and field supervisors need to successfully investigate missing persons cases. It includes standardized curriculum to guide law enforcement agencies and POST-certified presenters in development of training for missing persons investigations.

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Respiratory Protection Program (pdf)

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20180201

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The Model Respiratory Protection Program for Law Enforcement will assist law enforcement agencies in developing their own written agency program that satisfies Cal/OSHA requirements. The model program was originally developed by POST, in conjunction with Cal/OSHA, the California Police Chief’s Association, and the California State Sheriffs’ Association in 2004.

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Motor Officer Training and Operations Review for Safety (MOTORS) (pdf)

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20160701

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The CA Commission on POST MOTORS Operational Guidelines and Standardized Training Recommendations can assist law enforcement agencies with the enhancement of motorcycle programs in the areas of selection, training, safety, and effectiveness. These Guidelines were developed by motorcycle operations and training subject matter experts to encourage the development of a safe riding culture in law enforcement agencies with motorcycle personnel.

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Peace Officer Job Analysis (pdf)

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20160801

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This report presents the update of the POST entry-level peace officer job analysis. This validation study identifies and defines the critical job activities performed by entry-level peace officers in the State of California. Survey data was collected over a 1-year period with 1,237 law enforcement officers representing 236 different agencies (39%) within 50 different counties (86%). This survey information was reviewed in a series of meetings with subject matter experts (SMEs). The report lists critical task statements, linkages between job tasks and job functions, and between job functions and job competencies.

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Psychological Screening Manual, Peace Officer

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20170101

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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The POST Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual provides guidance on all phases and aspects of the psychological evaluation process, from the selection and training of screening psychologists, to procedures for reaching a suitability determination and beyond.

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Peace Officer Training Annual Report (pdf)

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20190322

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POST Executive Office (EXO)

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Effective July 1, 2018, the Legislature provided POST with a one-time $25 million General Fund budget augmentation to be allocated to the subject areas of De-escalation, Crisis Mental Health, and Innovative Grants. These funds are available for encumbrance or expenditure through June 30, 2021. This report is annual and will demonstrate the use of the funds until the funding is exhausted.

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Police Training Program

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20140922

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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The POST Police Training Program (PTP) model is a program that focuses on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and provides comprehensive guidelines and structured learning content to facilitate newly-assigned peace officers transitioning from an academic setting to field training where they gain hands-on experience forming the foundation of their career.

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Pre-Offer Personality Testing of Peace Officers (Entry-Level) (pdf)

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20100401

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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Unlike psychological examinations, personality tests can lawfully be administered early on in the hiring process, prior to the extension of a conditional offer of employment. This Resource Guide provides law enforcement agencies with the information necessary to weigh the costs and benefits of adding a personality test to the pre-offer phase of the peace officer hiring process.

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Pre-Offer Personality Testing of Peace Officers (Entry-Level), Report (pdf)

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20100401

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of an 18-month project conducted pursuant to POST Commission Strategic Plan Objective A.1 to "Establish personality assessment for law enforcement selection."

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Public Safety Dispatcher Job Analysis, Tasks (pdf)

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19900101

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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Administration; analysis of results; characteristics, objectives of the job task analysis; types, sources of job information and methods of collection; study population; survey development, sample.

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Public Safety Dispatcher Job Analysis, Requirements (pdf)

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19910301

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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Analysis and results; appendices; method: procedure and study design.

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Public Safety Dispatcher Job Analysis, KSAT Linkage (pdf)

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19910101

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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Analysis and results; appendices; method.

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Public Safety Dispatcher Job Analysis, Executive Summary (pdf)

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19910101

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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This report summarizes the methodology and results of a statewide job analysis of the public dispatcher position.

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Public Safety Dispatcher Job Analysis, 2011 Update (pdf)

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20110701

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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Legislation was enacted in the late 1980s requiring POST to establish statewide minimum standards for public safety dispatchers. At that time, POST conducted a detailed job analysis of this position that appeared in 1991. This updated analysis reviews the 1991 study and reflects changes in technology and the duties of dispatchers.

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Reading and Writing Test, Validation (pdf)

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19941101

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Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)

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Reading and writing abilities are important for the successful performance of patrol officer work. This report fully describes an empirical validation study of the POST Reading and Writing Tests, and summarizes several previous POST studies.

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Recruitment Strategic Planning (pdf)

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20091101

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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This document, coupled with the Recruitment and Retention Best Practices Update, provides a solid foundation for any law enforcement agency to develop a recruitment strategic plan.

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Options to Maintain Training Reimbursement (pdf)

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20150201

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POST Executive Office (EXO)

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In compliance with SB 852: Budget Act of 2014, POST has submitted a report to the Legislature that is intended to assist the members of the Legislature that consider the state budget with options to maintain training reimbursement for local law enforcement agencies that participate in the POST program.

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Reserve Officer Utilization Survey, Report (pdf)

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19950101

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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In response to inquiries, POST, beginning inApril 1994, surveyed California law enforcement agencies to collect data on the manner in which reserve peace officers arerecruited, trained and deployed. This final report summarizes and broadly discusses the survey's findings.

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SWAT (pdf)

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20190901

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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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 Special Weapons and Tactics (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.

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Tactical Medicine (pdf)

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20100301

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Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)

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The primary goal of tactical medicine is to support and assist a tactical team in accomplishing its mission during a deployment or response to a critical incident. Significant progress, growth, and advancement in tactical medicine training and education have occurred over the last two decades, and this has resulted in the development of specific training programs for tactical medicine providers and operators. This publication addresses critical legal and practical issues of the tactical medicine component of SWAT operations identified in the POST SWAT Guidelines.

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Investigation and Trial Preparation Course, Training Specifications (pdf)

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20011101

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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The increasing complexity and specialization of the District Attorney Investigator's job requires that instructional content and methodologies used to prepare for this position be regularly evaluated and updated. The objective of this document is to identify the instructional goals and activities, required learning objectives, tests, and minimum hourly requirements that comprise the required content of the Investigation and Trial Preparation Course.

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Public Safety Dispatchers' Basic Course, Training Specifications (pdf)

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20020501

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Basic Training Bureau (BTB)

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This publication provides a standardized curriculum to guide law enforcement agencies, and POST-certified presenters, in the initial orientation and training of newly selected public safety dispatchers.

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