POST Visits Field Training Program Supervisor/Administrator/
Coordinator (FTP SAC) Course
Members of the Basic Training Bureau recently visited the Field Training Program Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator (FTP SAC) Course presented by the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center to meet with, and address, newly appointed FTP SACs. The 24-hour FTP SAC Course is presented throughout the state and focuses on how to successfully manage a POST approved Field Training Program (FTP). As required per Commission Regulation section 1004(c), every peace officer promoted, appointed, or transferred to a supervisory or management position overseeing a field training program shall successfully complete a POST certified Field Training Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator (SAC) Course prior to or within 12 months of the initial promotion, appointment, or transfer to such a position.
Questions regarding the Field Training Programs and Courses may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Gerald Fernandez, Basic Training Bureau (916) 227-3933.
POST Leverages Telework and Collaboration Technologies During COVID-19 Lockdown
Beginning March 18, 2020, POST transitioned most business functions to offsite work due to the COVID-19 emergency.
By relying heavily on video conferencing technology, document sharing, and online collaboration tools, POST staff have maintained continuity of operations. On March 30, 2020, the Executive Director held an All-Staff teleconference including over 100 POST staff. Additionally, executive management has conducted two regularly scheduled Management Team meetings remotely during this period. Between March 28 and April 27, POST staff have participated in approximately 1,500 one-to-one and group video conferences in support of POST operations.
In order to maintain operational continuity during this time, POST technical staff:
- Set up and issued 34 additional notebook computers equipped with telework and remote document collaboration tools, allowing nearly all staff access to a POST notebook offsite.
- Issued 8 additional mobile phones with internet hotspot capability.
- Enabled an emergency VPN (Virtual Private Network), which allows authorized staff to securely connect directly to computers within POST HQ from remote equipment.
- Ensured full person-to-person and group videoconferencing capability through the Microsoft Teams and GoToMeeting applications.
- Ensured that EDI, the POST Website, Course Catalog, and all other public-facing POST applications have remained operational and secure.
Questions related to POST’s use of telework technology and remote collaboration tools may be directed to Computer Services Bureau Chief Colin O’Keefe, (916) 227-4804.
POST Hosts an Online Meeting for Training Coordinators
On April 16, 2020, Training Coordinators from Region 8 consisting of Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, along with the Los Angeles Police Department, were invited to join an online meeting with their POST consultant. The discussion included POST Bulletins regarding training requirements and background investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for online training courses for CPT credit. The online meeting was used for networking purposes and provided informative discussions amongst the agencies on adjustments and successful outcomes for their organizations during these challenging times.
Questions regarding the Online Update may be directed to Christine Ford, Training Delivery Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.
POST Releases New “De-escalation” Training Video
POST has released its newest training video, “De-escalation: Enhancing Strategies for Everyday Encounters.” Available to view on the POST Learning Portal, this training program provides law enforcement with the understanding of de-escalation, both in definition and practice. The program illustrates common ways that de-escalation is regularly used by law enforcement, aids in the documentation of officers’ de-escalation efforts, and reveals how de-escalation impacts the profession and influences public perception. The training is designed to reinforce, strengthen, and demonstrate what officers are very likely already doing, while revealing some new approaches that demonstrate how de-escalation is effective for routine calls as well as high-intensity situations. The new video program offers group or individual trainee viewing modes and includes printable instructor and trainee documents for either group-facilitated or individual instruction. DVD copies may also be ordered online at POST Training Videos.
Questions about the new De-escalation training video may be directed to Mike Barnes, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454.
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 April 24, 2020, data has been collected on 1,335 students enrolled in 22 academy classes from 17 different academies. As data is collected, POST staff in the Strategic Communication and Research (SCR) Bureau are carefully reviewing the data and, when necessary, reaching out to the specific academies to correct that data.
Academies are encouraged to contact Chau Chan at (916) 227-4835 as soon as they encounter any issues, confusions, or are unclear with the task or instructions. Questions related the analyses of these data should be direct to Dr. Bob Holmgren at (916) 227-4830.
Training Program Services (TPS) Postponement of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute Classes
On March 15, 2020, Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau postponed, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the start of a few classes and the suspension of the 18 Sherman Block Leadership Institute (SBSLI) classes currently in session. As a result, online surveys were sent to all the students and facilitators to determine the best possible dates for reinstating the SBSLI classes. Based on the feedback of the surveys, it was determined that a restart date of June 2 for all classes was reasonable. This, of course, will depend on what rules will be in place at that time concerning COVID-19 restrictions. We have contacted the respective hotels who assured us that deep cleaning and cleaning materials will be provided when classes resume. Graduations will be rescheduled later. In addition, the expiration date of the SBSLI 2019/2020 contract with CSULB has been extended to March 31, 2021.
Questions regarding the Supervisory Leadership Institute courses may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Jim Katapodis, Training Program Services Bureau (916) 227-3467.
POST Learning Portal Tutorials Launched
The POST Learning Portal now has several tutorials that provide information about specific functions and features of the POST Learning Portal. Topics include an overview of Portal features for all users, resources for training managers, and, for Learning Portal Administrators, adding non-peace officers (NPOs) and assigning/unassigning courses. More tutorials will be added as needed. They can be found under “Update Center > Portal Tutorials.”
For questions about the Learning Portal tutorials, please contact Catherine Bacon-Davis, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-4546. For Learning Portal technical support, please contact the help desk at 1-877-275-5872.
Training Program Services (TPS) Postponement of the Supervisory Courses
A couple of Supervisory Course classes were in their first week of training when they were postponed by the presenters due to COVID-19. As a result, the presenters were provided with guidelines on how to complete these classes in the future. Several scheduled Supervisory Courses will be given new start dates. The 2019/2020 Supervisory Course contracts have been extended until March 31, 2021. A Supervisory “Train the Trainer” Course which will certify Facilitators to teach the Supervisory Course is currently scheduled for June 8-12, 2020, unless additional unforeseen COVID-19 restrictions affecting this class cause it to be postponed.
Questions regarding the Supervisory Courses may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Jim Katapodis, Training Program Services Bureau (916) 227-3467.