POST Monthly Report

September 2020

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

New Self-Paced Course: GVRO Micro-Course Series

A new micro-learning course is now available for all POST Learning Portal users. The Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) Micro-Course Series covers the definition, use, duration, and legal requirements for each type of GVRO. The course features brief instructional segments, learning interactions, and scenario-based knowledge checks.

The micro-learning course is broken into segments that can be completed in 10 minutes or less. The course offers one CPT credit hour and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

For questions about the course, please contact Charday Adams, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-5562.

POST Presents Executive Certificate at Brentwood Police Department

Chief Tom Hansen, Brentwood PD receives the Executive Certificate
Chief Tom Hansen, Brentwood PD receives the Executive Certificate

On September 24, 2020, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau Chief, Ralph Brown, traveled to Brentwood Police Department to present Chief Tom Hansen with an Executive Certificate. Chief Hansen started his career as a Reserve Officer for Walnut Creek Police Department. He started with Brentwood Police Department in 1994. Chief Hansen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento, and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from CSU Long Beach, as well as graduating from the FBI National Academy. 

Questions regarding this article can be directed to Bureau Chief Ralph Brown, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-4552.

POST Attends Advanced Human Trafficking Pilot Course

Advanced Human Trafficking Pilot Course
Advanced Human Trafficking Pilot Course

Members of the Training Program Services Bureau attended the pilot presentation of the new Advanced Human Trafficking course from September 9 to 11, 2020 in Monterey, CA. The 24-hour course was developed and presented by the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium in coordination with POST as an investigative elective under the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI). It is highly recommended that any California detective/investigator seeking expertise and an ICI Specialty Certificate in Human Trafficking take advantage of future opportunities to attend this course, which covered the following topics:

  • Interviewing & Working with Victims of Trauma
  • Illicit Massage Parlors & Brothels
  • Absent Victim Cases
  • Data Analysis & Case Management
  • Gang/Trafficking Cases
  • In-Custody Recruitment & Control
  • Human Trafficking Wiretaps

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

POST Offers Online Version of Training Administrator’s Course

Training Administrator's Course Webinar
Training Administrator's Course Webinar

The Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau offered two training dates in September for the online version of the Training Administrator’s Course. This course specifically addresses how to get a new course certified, how to modify a course, and all details involving the course certification process. The training was well attended and provided the attendees with all the information necessary to get started in the course certification journey. POST staff intends to host this training monthly with the dates being advertised through POST PASS to all regions.

Questions regarding the online version of the Training Administrator’s Course may be directed to Christine Ford, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.

The Quality Assessment Program Evaluations Have Resumed

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 during August and September 2020: 

  • Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI), Criminal Investigator Core Course (Irvine and Monterey);
  • Dispatcher, Tactical Dispatcher (Elk Grove);
  • Sovereign Citizen Extremist (Distance Learning);
  • Use of Force/De-escalation (Palm Springs);
  • Force Options Simulator (Whittier);
  • Motorcycle Dual Purpose (San Bernardino);
  • Critical Incident Response, Basic (Distance Learning);
  • Critical Incident & Stress Debrief (Distance Learning);
  • Wellness Program for Law Enforcement (Distance Learning); and
  • Interview and Interrogation (Distance Learning).

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 the 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 Hosts Online Update Workshop for Training Managers

On September 14, 2020, 24 students attended the POST Update Workshop, presented via webinar by POST staff. Topics included recent changes to POST regulations, including course certification requirements and proposed modification to regulations; POST bulletins issued in 2020; proposed legislation affecting law enforcement; recently released training videos and other Learning Portal updates; and an overview of POST resources.

Questions about the course may be directed to Senior Consultant Karen Lozito, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0471.

AB 332 Research Project Update

Assembly Bill 332 (Penal Code Section 13510.05) research project data collection and analyses are continuing. Initial test, and if relevant, remediation and retest outcome data is being collected on all 42 POST required tests for all individuals attending any intensive format regular basic academy beginning since July 1, 2019. 

As of September 22, 2020, data has been collected on 2,590 students enrolled in 44 academy classes from 23 different academies. Data cleaning is now complete, and the draft internal final report is being updated. Two additional academies with a reduced number of firearms tests will be analyzed separately due to course presentation and testing procedures that differ from the primary dataset.

Questions regarding this project should be directed to Chau Chan at (916) 227-4835.

POST Presents Executive Certificate at Corona Police Department

Chief George Johnstone, Corona PD receives the Executive Certificate
Chief George Johnstone, Corona PD receives the Executive Certificate

Congratulations to Chief George Johnstone of the Corona Police Department for receiving his POST Executive Certificate. Chief Johnstone joined the City of Corona on September 4, 2018. He began his career with the Chino Police Department as a police cadet and later as a reserve police officer in 1987. In 1991, he was hired as a police officer at La Habra Police Department where he moved up the ranks. During his tenure with the La Habra Police Department, he served in a variety of positions including patrol, K9 handler, detective, and supervisor for the North County SWAT Team. He also managed both the Operations and Support Services Divisions as a Lieutenant and a Captain. Chief Johnstone possesses a Master of Arts degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 263, the Los Angeles Police Leadership Course (formerly West Point Leadership Program), and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in vocational education from California State University, San Bernardino.

Questions regarding this article can be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Matt O’Deane, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 215-4188.

POST Participates in Event to Support Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputies 

POST participates in LASD Event
POST participates in LASD Event

In September, Regional Consultant, Matthew O’Deane, participated in an event that showed love and support for the two deputies shot in Compton. Participants were able to caravan to Saint Francis Hospital in Lynwood and serve about 80 meals to the hospital staff and deputies on the protection detail. The group included the Upland POA, Resiliency Project, Montclair POA, LAPD, the Wives of Los Angeles Police Officers, and POST. Thanks to the Upland Police POA for purchasing food and Miguel from Five-O-Grubbz for preparing the meals. Also, thanks to the Wives of Los Angeles Police Officers for bringing flowers and balloons while showing their support for the recovering deputies and the medical staff that worked so hard to save their lives. One deputy has been released from the hospital. Hopefully, the other deputy will be released soon. On behalf of POST, we wish both deputies a full recovery.

Questions regarding this event may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Matt O’Deane, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 215-4188.

Meet the New POST Employees

Baron Brown

Baron Brown

Law Enforcement Consultant I
Basic Training Bureau

Baron recently retired as a criminal justice professor at a Southern California community college, and is also a retired sergeant from LASD and a retired captain from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He is married with four adult children and a grandson. Baron has an MBA and MPA, and is working on an EdD currently. He is joining POST as a Law Enforcement Consultant in the Basic Training Bureau. 

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Associate Governmental Program Analyst (Retired Annuitant)
Administrative Services Bureau

Karen has come out of retirement to work part time in the Administrative Services Bureau as a (retired annuitant) Budget Analyst. Karen previously worked for the Department of Consumer Affairs as an AGPA in various licensing, regulation and legislation positions.  

Sherryl Hancock

Sherryl Hancock

Associate Business Management Analyst
Administrative Services Bureau

Sherryl is returning to State services after a six month retirement, the grass is NOT greener! “I was bored!” she says. Prior to that, Sherryl has 33 years of State service, most recently as a BSO II Supervisor for the California Energy Commission where she managed ten to twelve staff and handled special facility projects for the CEC. Sherryl is joining POST as an Associate Business Mangament Analyst in the Administrative Servies Bureau.  

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2020-21 session. (Updated 9/22/2020)

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: 9/14/2020-Enrolled and presented to the Governor

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: 9/14/2020-Enrolled and presented to the Governor

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: 9/14/2020-Enrolled and presented to the Governor

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: 9/14/2020-Enrolled and presented to the Governor

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: 9/14/2020-Enrolled and presented to the Governor

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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