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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

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.