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POST Monthly Report

April 2020

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

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.

FTP SAC

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.

Meet the New POST Employees

Yurika Jimenez
Senior Accounting Officer (Supervisor)
Administrative Services Bureau 

 

Yurika comes to us from the California Arts Council where she provided state accounting services. Prior to working for the public sector, she worked for Bank of America and Golden 1 Credit Union. Yurika holds a degree in business administration and is currently pursuing a degree in accounting with a minor in management. She is super excited to work for the Commission of POST! Yurkia is assigned as a Senior Accounting Officer (Supervisor) in the Administrative Services Bureau.

Jackie Nelson 
Law Enforcement Consultant II
Learning Technology Resources Bureau 

Jackie Nelson

Jackie joins us from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, where she served as the Deputy Director, overseeing all functions related to public safety for the State of Nevada. She had a variety of assignments during her 29 year tenure and she looks forward to her next chapter with the California Commission on POST. Jackie is assigned as a Law Enforcement Consultant II in the Learning Technology Resources Bureau.

William Shaw
Associate Governmental Program Analyst (Retired Annuitant)
Administrative Services Bureau 

 

Bill comes to us an RA (this is his fourth RA position) since he retired in 2012 from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection where he served as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA). Bill retired after 25 years of service with most of his career as an AGPA and 6 years as a Bank Examiner for the State Banking Department. Bill is assigned as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the Administrative Services Bureau.

Robert Patton
Law Enforcement Consultant II
Management Counseling and Projects Bureau 

 

Rob is a retired Lieutenant from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office where he held a variety of assignments including on the front line, at the supervisory level and managerial roles.  Rob possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and recently received the Distinguished Alumni Service award, from California State University Sacramento, for outstanding service as a leader in law enforcement.  Rob is currently assigned as a Senior Law Enforcement Consultant in the Management Counseling and Projects Bureau.

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2020-21 session. The Assembly returns on May 4 and the Senate will return on May 11.  (Updated 5/4/2020)

 

Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 1854

Assembly Member Frazier

Missing or Murdered Native American Women Task Force. 

Would create the Missing or Murdered Native American Women Task Force in the Department of Justice, and would provide for the membership of that task force. The bill would require the task force to complete a formal consultation with California’s Native American tribes on how to improve tribal access to databases, to develop recommendations on how to increase state resources for reporting and identifying missing and murdered Native American persons in the state, and to develop a database of nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations that provide aid or support in locating missing Native American persons. The bill would require the task force to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023, detailing improvements to tribal database access, interjurisdictional coordination, and law enforcement resource allocation for cases of missing or murdered Native American persons.

Introduced Date: 1/7/2020

Status: 1/17/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

AB 2236

Assembly Member Gabriel

Peace officer training: hate crimes.

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop and implement a course of instruction and training for specified peace officers on the topic of hate crimes. Current law requires that training to be implemented into the basic course and requires, as specified, all state and local law enforcement agencies to provide the training to all peace officers they employ. This bill would require the basic course curriculum on the topic of hate crimes to include the viewing of a specified video course developed by POST. The bill would also require POST to make the video available via the online learning portal, and would require all peace officers to view the video no later than January 1, 2022.


Introduced Date: 2/13/2020

Status: 3/16/2020-In committee: Hearing postponed by committee

AB 2591

Assembly Member Ramos

Peace officers: firearms: establishment serving the public.      

Current law makes it a misdemeanor for an innkeeper or common carrier of passengers to refuse to receive or entertain any guest or to refuse to receive or carry any passenger without just cause or excuse. Current law makes it a misdemeanor to deny admittance to accommodations to a blind, deaf, or disabled person and that person’s specially trained guide dog, signal dog, or service dog. This bill would make it unlawful for an establishment serving the public to prohibit or otherwise restrict a peace officer from carrying a weapon on the establishment’s premises that the peace officer is authorized to carry, regardless of whether the peace officer is engaged in the actual discharge of the officer’s duties while carrying the weapon.

Amdnded Date: 03/05/2020

Status: 3/9/2020-Re-referred to Com. on PUB.S.

AB 2616

Assembly Member Gabriel
 

 Peace officer training: gun violence restraining orders

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop and implement, on or before January 1, 2022, a course of training for those law enforcement officers regarding gun violence restraining orders. The bill would require the course to be incorporated into the course or courses of basic training for law enforcement officers on or before January 1, 2022, and would require the course or courses to include specified topics, including the process of filing a petition for a gun violence restraining order and situational training to assist officers in identifying when a gun violence restraining order is appropriate.

Introduced Date: 2/20/2020

Status: 3/2/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

AB 2833 

Assembly Member Lackey

Domestic violence: victim’s information card

Current law requires law enforcement agencies to develop and implement written policies for officer responses to domestic violence incidents, including furnishing written notice to victims at the scene in the form of a Victims of Domestic Violence card that contains, among other information, telephone numbers for local hotlines, shelters, and counseling centers. This bill would add the issuance of Victims of Domestic Violence cards as a topic in the course of instruction for the training of law enforcement officers.

Introduced Date: 2/20/2020

Status: 3/2/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S

AB 2917

Assembly Member McCarty

Department of Justice: law enforcement policies on the use of deadly force.      

Would require the Attorney General, commencing on July 1, 2023, to create a program within the Department of Justice to review the policies on the use of deadly force of any law enforcement agency, as specified, that requests a review, and to make recommendations.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: 3/5/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB.S.

AB 3071

Assembly Member Mullin

Lead ammunition: shooting ranges.

Would prohibit a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range, as defined, from selling or giving away ammunition unless that ammunition is certified as nonlead ammunition by the commission. The bill would also prohibit patrons or employees of a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range from firing ammunition unless it is nonlead certified and would require a sport shooting range and an indoor shooting range to post a specified sign to that effect.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: 2/24/2020-Read first time.

AB 3341

Assembly Member Muratsuchi

Public employment: peace officers

Current law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, being of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation. This bill would require that the background investigation for determining moral character use standards defined by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, as minimum guidelines, before the applicant may be employed or begin training as a peace officer. The bill would make related changes.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status:2/24/2020-Read first time.

SB 776

Senator Skinner

College admissions: criminal history inquiry: prohibition

Would prohibit a postsecondary educational institution in this state from inquiring about a prospective student’s criminal history on an initial application form or at any time during the admissions process before the institution’s final decision relative to the prospective student’s application for admission. By imposing new duties on community college districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Amended Date: 1/6/2020

Status: 1/27/2020-Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 30. Noes 6.) Ordered to the Assembly. In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk

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: 2/27/2020-Referred to Com on RLS

SB 1108

Senator Hueso

Senior and disability victimization.      

Would require that all local law enforcement agencies adopt a policy regarding senior and disability victimization on or before January 1, 2022, and to make the policy and all future updates and amendments available to the California Commission on Aging and the state protection and advocacy agency upon request. By expanding the duties of local law enforcement, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Introduced Date: 2/19/2020

Status: 3/10/2020-Set for hearing

SB 1136

Senator Gonzalez, Lena

Peace officers: recruitment of women

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop best practice recruiting recommendations and materials that include best practices for recruiting women peace officers. The bill would require the commission to create and make available a guidebook or other material on best practices for peace officer recruitment for recruiting community oriented officers and women peace officers. The bill would also require the commission to distribute a short bulletin via the internet to law enforcement agencies on the topic of best recruitment practices, including recruiting women peace officers.

Introduced Date: 2/19/2020

Status:  3/4/2020-Set for hearing

SB 1354

Senator Hurtado

Law enforcement agencies: public records

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and each local law enforcement agency to conspicuously post on their internet websites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public if a request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act. This bill would require that information to be posted in English, Spanish, and any other language that is spoken by at least 5% of the population in the jurisdiction of that law enforcement agency.

Introduced Date: 02/21/2020

Status: 3/12/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S

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: 3/12/2020-Referred to Com. on RLS.

 

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