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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. The bureau also conducts job analyses, survey research, and selection standard-related or evaluation-related research projects; develops and manages standards and guidance for peace officer and public safety dispatcher selection; and provides consultation on topics such as background investigations, medical and psychological screening, and peace officer physical conditioning. SCR is also responsible for supporting the POST Electronic Database Interchange (EDI) system, issuing professional certificates, and providing library research. Also located within the Bureau is the Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison.

SCR Programs and Services

Selection Tests and Standards-Related Research

SCR oversees numerous selection projects, develops tests, and performs job analyses for peace officers and public safety dispatchers, including physical ability testing.

Selection Standards

SCR is responsible for the continuing development of selection standards and guidance for hiring peace officers and public safety dispatchers. Selection standards include entry-level exams, oral interview, background investigation, medical and psychological screening.

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.

Public Information/Legislative Liaison

The primary responsibility of the Public Information Officer (PIO) & Legislative Liaison is to provide advice and guidance to the Executive Office, POST staff, and POST participating agencies. This includes responding to inquiries from POST agencies, law enforcement partners, other states law enforcement agencies, the media, advocacy groups, and the public.

Working with internal POST staff, external stakeholders, and law enforcement advocates, the PIO advises and provides guidance to the Executive Office on relevant legislative matters and performs liaison duties with the Governor’s Office, the California Legislature, its members and staff. The PIO provides technical assistance to the Legislature on issues that affect training, testing and hiring. Questions regarding either Public Information or Legislation may be directed to (916) 227-2804.