Training Reimbursement Request (TRR) Update
On February 4, 2019, POST announced (Bulletin 2019-08 - pdf) the new, electronic Training Reimbursement Request (eTRR) submission process which was designed to simplify and speed up the TRR submission process and reduce the staff effort at POST as well as the agency. During the transition period (February 4, 2019 through June 30, 2019), POST accepted either paper TRRs or eTRR submissions. Beginning July 1, 2019, POST began only accepting eTRRs and has begun returning paper TRRs received after July 1, 2019 to the submitting agency, with directions to re-submit via the eTRR system.
In June 2019, POST hired a second Program Technician III to assist in processing the remaining paper TRRs from Fiscal Years 2017/18 and 2018/19, as well as those submitted in the eTRR system. Including TRRs processed in April, May and June 2019, and eTRRs processed in June and July 2019, the totals transmitted for payment to the State Controller’s Office in July 2019 were as follows:
Total TRRs: 17,989 (eTRRs: 5,460 and TRRs: 12,529)
Total $: $5,918,184
Questions regarding POST reimbursements may be directed to Scott Campbell, Administrative Services Bureau Chief at (916) 227-2824, or Tracy Contreras, POST Fiscal Services Manager at (916) 227-3907.
POST Conducts Basic Course Certification Review
The POST Basic Training Bureau conducted a Basic Course Certification Review of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Basic Academy from July 22-26, 2019. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is the largest presenter of the Basic Academy Course. The Sheriff’s Department currently conducts five academies at a time at three different locations. The Basic Course Certification Review ensures quality, integrity, and safety of entry-level peace officer training in California.
Questions regarding the Basic Course Certification Review may be directed to Senior Law Enforcement Consultant, Steve Harding at (916) 227-2816.
Use of Force Legal Update – Special Video
In response to Assembly Bill 392 - Peace officers: deadly force, which was signed by the Governor on August 19, 2019, POST is creating a short-form special video program entitled, Use of Force Legal Update. Members of the POST Commission and Executive Staff, along with California District Attorneys, met in August to develop speaking points and content for the program in order to provide the field with an understanding of the new law. This streaming video will be released in the Fall of 2019 and will be accessible to California peace officers through the POST Learning Portal.
Questions regarding this program may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Michael Barnes at (916) 227-3454.
Innovations Grant Program
In the ongoing effort to support innovations in training, leverage unique partnerships with a wide variety of diverse stakeholders, and to address pressing issues between law enforcement and the communities they serve, POST is pleased to announce the next phase in the Innovations Grant Program.
This three-year program is directly targeted at partnerships between community-based nonprofits and law enforcement organizations. Beginning in January 2019, applications were solicited and up to $200,000 in grant funding became available for organizations interested in developing and providing training or workshops to California law enforcement in one of five topic areas: Implicit Bias, Use of Force and De-escalation, Cultural Diversity and Awareness, Community Policing, or Wellness Programs for Law Enforcement Officers. On August 1, 2019, POST launched a second round of funding to exhaust the remaining funds, and this effort is specifically targeted at community based non-profit groups.
Information regarding the Innovations Grant Program, including the application process, documents, and deadlines, is available on the POST Website.
POST Attends Special Academy Graduation Ceremony
On August 23, 2019, staff from the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau attended an academy graduation ceremony for Class 201 held at the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center in Windsor. Staff were present to support the academy and to celebrate the graduation of Ashley Freyer, daughter of Regional Consultant Eddie Freyer. Ashley received a certificate for “Top Scenario Skills Testing.” Ashley was hired by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and was scheduled to start her field training on the following Monday. Other academy graduates were hired by Cotati Police Department, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, and the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Department.
Please contact Bureau Chief Ralph Brown, regarding this event, at (916) 227-4552.
Training Manager Course Presented In Dana Point
On August 6-8, 2019, 23 students attended the 24-hour Training Managers Course presented by CSU Long Beach, Center for Criminal Justice Research & Training. The course is designed for newly assigned training managers. Topics include: the training manager’s role, developing and implementing a training plan, POST – the organization, legal issues associated with training, and training records management. POST staff presented information on the POST website, the Learning Portal, course certification, POST regulations, and agency compliance inspections. Additionally, instruction was provided on how to implement and manage a training plan for your agency, and an attorney presented on legal liability and training.
Please contact CSU Long Beach, Center for Criminal Justice Research & Training at (562) 985-4940, and visit their Courses and Seminars Website to register for future courses.
Questions regarding the course may be directed to Senior Consultant Christine Ford, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.
POST Tours New Training Facility in San Pablo
On August 22, 2019, Bureau Chief Ralph Brown presented a POST update at the Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Training Manager’s Association meeting. After the meeting, Ralph was invited to tour the new San Pablo Police Department Training facility. The facility is located in a strip mall, offering plenty of parking and nearby restaurants. The 8,909 square foot training space opened in February 2019, and offers a large classroom setting, force options simulator, and a matted defensive tactics training area. 45 gun lockers were added for professional staff and in-service training. The training facility also has a break room and restroom.
Since opening, San Pablo PD has hosted numerous courses including: Arrest and Control in-service training, Active Shooter & Workplace Violence training, and Driver Awareness training, to name a few. They also assist with scenario training for the community college academy classes. Many thanks to the City of San Pablo and Chief Ron Raman for their commitment to enhancing the professionalism of law enforcement in the community they serve.
Please contact Bureau Chief Ralph Brown, regarding this article, at (916) 227-4552.
Law Enforcement Hiring Strategies; the Value in Exercising Strategic Foresight
In a recent article published in Police Chief Magazine entitled “Police Hiring in the #MeToo Era,” Command College graduate Lt. Maria Munayer shared her perspective on the perceived crisis of public trust and confidence law enforcement faces in the wake of highly publicized incidents that call into question the legitimacy of the profession. While U.S. law enforcement leaders have acknowledged the need to diversify their agencies to reflect the communities they serve, in addition to addressing the need for an ethnically diverse workforce, there is another glaring reality in the lack of diversity in policing—the lack of women in their ranks. Lt. Munayer argues that agency executives should consider exercising strategic foresight to anticipate the long-term impact of major social and cultural movements on their hiring and retention strategies, including the #MeToo and other social change movements. Author Maria Munayer is a POST Command College Graduate of Class 64, and currently serves as a lieutenant for the Pleasanton Police Department.
The Commission on POST Command College is an accredited 14-month program designed to prepare law enforcement leaders of today for the challenges of the future. The program focuses on the development of strategic foresight, identifying emerging issues and providing proactive response, trend analysis, stakeholder engagement and information sharing to address pending community needs, the impact of procedural justice and social systems on a global society
For questions regarding this article or Command College, please contact Training Program Services Bureau Senior Law Enforcement Consultant Joe Sampson at (916) 227-3896.
POST Passes the Headset
POST welcomed Rosanna McKinney as a public safety management fellow in January 2013. What started as a temporary assignment became a seven-year commitment to provide much needed guidance for California public safety dispatch (PSD) hiring and training standards. On July 1, 2019, Rosanna retired from POST to enjoy life with her family in Idaho.
Special Consultant Virginia Tomek will be assuming Rosanna’s role at POST. Virginia brings 33 years of communications experience with the Oakland Police Department. During her employment with Oakland PD, Virginia served as a PSD, Communications Training Officer, supervisor, and communications training manager. Virginia is a graduate of the POST Master Instructor Program and brings practical experience as a facilitator, instructor, and course designer. She has managed POST programs for Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Virginia’s role at POST will include updating dispatcher courses, development of new training, leading the PSD advisory boards, and advising POST on upcoming needs of the dispatch community.
For more information or dispatch related questions, please contact Training Program Services Special Consultant Virginia Tomek at (916) 227-4828.
Public Safety Dispatcher Supervisors (PSDS) Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) Pilot Program Open Enrollment starts September 30, 2019
In the fiscal year 2018/19, POST began a pilot program of including PSDS into SBSLI. The intent of the pilot is to provide dispatch supervisors with the opportunity to attend leadership training and to integrate sergeants and dispatch supervisors to holistically explore the challenges faced by law enforcement.
Beginning September 30, 2019, POST will begin accepting applications for PSDS to attend Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) courses for fiscal year 2019/20. There are a limited number of positions available, so please enroll early. Open enrollment will end on October 30, 2019.
Agencies may submit SBSLI applications for PSDS electronically via the Internet using the POST Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
Please read bulletin 2019-26 (pdf) for details.
For questions regarding PSDS’ SBSLI Pilot Program, please contact Senior Law Enforcement Consultant Jim Katapodis at (916) 227-3467.
Quality Assessment Program (QAP) Evaluations Are In Progress
The Quality Assessment Program utilizes subject matter experts to evaluate POST certified courses for content and delivery. Emphasis is placed on delivering current, relevant curriculum in a manner conducive to adult learning. QAP evaluated several courses in August 2019. These courses were: Penal Code (PC) section 832 Firearms, PC 832 Arrest, Field Training Officer, Tactical Communication Instructor, Crisis Intervention and Behavioral Health Instructor, Interview and Interrogation, Supervisor Leadership Institute, and Law Enforcement Driving Simulator Instructor. Emphasis is placed on facilitation of adult learning to improve student learning outcomes. The use of a PowerPoint driven lecture is discouraged, and instructors needing to enhance their classroom environment management skills will be referred to courses available at the POST Instructor Development Institute (IDI). IDI offers four levels of instructor development, with many courses available to learn specialized skills like facilitation. Students attending IDI may reach the level of Master Instructor. The master instructor program presents an opportunity for students to develop a course from the ground up under the guidance of experts in the field of curriculum development and learning. The program culminates with a pilot presentation of the new course and a graduation with peers. Currently IDI is offered in San Diego, CA by the Government Training Agency (GTA). Coming soon to northern California as an IDI presenter is South Bay Public Safety Training Consortium (SBPSTC). SBPSTC will be offering courses in Monterey, CA.
If you have any questions regarding QAP, please contact Senior Law Enforcement Consultant Mike Radford at (916) 227-3925 or Special Consultant Tamara Baarts, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-7357.
Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) Open Enrollment until September 25, 2019
SBSLI is a leadership development course specifically designed for sergeants. It provides a dynamic environment of facilitated learning where sergeants from across the State of California come together to explore the challenges they face as line level leaders. Highlights of the program include a visit to the Museum of Tolerance to meet survivors of the Holocaust, and a project designed to navigate successful organizational change. Many graduates of SBSLI have found the experience to be profound, reaching new levels in their ability to lead and forming lifetime friendships. The course consists of 3 days a month for 8 months, culminating with a final project, and graduation with their peers, agency representatives and family.
POST has been authorized to host 22 Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) classes for fiscal year 2019/20. Due to the large number of courses available, POST has removed the limit of 5 sergeants from each agency. For this fiscal year, there is no limit to the number of qualified sergeants an agency may request to enroll.
The SBSLI Open Enrollment period is July 25 – September 25, 2019.
Please refer to Bulletin 2019-15 (pdf) for details.
For questions regarding SBSLI, contact Senior Consultant Jim Katapodis at (916) 227-3467.
POST Conducts Quality Assessment Evaluation on Stress Management Class
In August of 2019, the Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau conducted a quality assurance evaluation on Stress Management, (CCN 1013-22322) presented by Kim Turner, LLC, and hosted by the Anaheim Police Department. The pilot course was facilitated by the very knowledgeable team of Kim Turner, Communications Administrator, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and Dr. Michelle Lilly, PsyD, Professor Northern Illinois University. Dr. Lilly specializes in trauma exposure for dispatchers and other first responders. Students attending benefited from the professional combination of Kim Turner’s facilitation skills, paired with Dr. Lilly’s scientific knowledge of the material. The class is designed to help students incorporate the knowledge and skills they learned in class into their daily lives for long term benefits. This included a commitment to using several tools to cope with repetitive and cumulative stress.
For more information please contact Training Program Services Special Consultant Virginia Tomek at (916) 227-4828.
Training Program Services Bureau Hosts “Principle Policing: Procedural Justice and Implicit Biased (PP: PJ&IB) Collaboratory Workshop.”
On August 28-29, 2019, POST Training Program Services (TPS) Bureau, will host a “Principle Policing: Procedural Justice and Implicit Biased (PP: PJ&IB) Collaboratory Workshop”. Subject Matter Experts from throughout the state of California, Professional Policing Agencies, will convene to modify the instructional design of the existing in-service “PP: PJ&IB course,” for presentation in the Academy Regular Basic Course (RBC). The revised course and corresponding student workbook will be designed to maximize student learning, incorporate adult experiential learning theory, and hold students accountable for their learning. The curricula will continue to focus on the five crucial modules supporting police legitimacy: (1) Introduction to Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias, (2) Interactive Nature of Procedural Justice, (3) Expectations and Legitimacy, (4) Procedural Justice, (5) Historical and Generational Effects of Policing, and (5) Implicit Bias.
For further information regarding this Workshop, contact Mike Radford, Senior Consultant, Training Program Services at (916) 227-3925.