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Strategic Communications and Research  

Bureau Overview

The Strategic Communications and Research (SCR) Bureau is staffed by researchers who develop, validate, and manage personnel selection tests and basic training academy examinations. The bureau also conducts job analysis, survey research, and selection standard-related or evaluation-related research projects. Further, SCR provides training on test-related topics such as medical and psychological screening, and peace officer physical conditioning.

SCR Programs and Services

EDI/Learning Portal Support

The EDI/Learning Portal Support Unit provides customer assistance and troubleshooting services to law enforcement agencies and course presenters who use the web-based Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system. The Support Unit also provides assistance with password problems and answers general questions regarding the POST Learning Portal.

Through EDI, authorized users may access and print their records in the POST database system and complete online transactions related to appointment/termination notices, training compliance, and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Course presenter functions such as AICP, course certification, instructor resumes, and roster entry may also be done through EDI.

The Learning Portal is an online training and resource service provided by POST to the California law enforcement community. Permission to access, browse and use this portal requires registration and confirmation of your right to access.

Professional Certificates Program

Professional Certificate Program fosters education, training, and professionalism in law enforcement; raises the level of competence of law enforcement officers; and fosters cooperation between the Commission, its clients, and individuals. The Commission, through the Certificates Unit, awards Professional Certificates comprised of the Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, Executive, Reserve Officer, Dispatcher, and Records Supervisor certificates for individuals appointed by agencies in the POST Program. These certificates recognize achievement in education, training, and experience.

Questions about the POST Professional Certificate Program may be directed to the Certificates Unit at (916) 227-4253. There are also Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which may be helpful.

Library Services

The POST Library is a west coast leader for law enforcement research and is a full-service library staffed by professionals. You may contact the Library at (916) 227-3765.


SCR is responsible for the continuing development of selection standards, including exams and assessments, for Peace Officers and Public Safety Dispatchers.

Standards-Related Training Development and Delivery

SCR is the primary developer of numerous selection and training projects, tests, and job analyses.

Testing in the Basic Courses

SCR is responsible for the continuing development of examinations for the various POST basic training courses.