Basic Course Training Requirements

The increasingly diverse challenges and changing service demands confronting law enforcement require that the content and instructional methodologies of peace officer training be regularly evaluated and updated. Effective initial training is crucial if an officer is to acquire the critical knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to render high quality service.

Recognizing this, the California Legislature has identified and requires certain training be conducted in the Basic Course Training Academies. POST has created a quick reference document to assist law enforcement in locating Legislative Mandated Basic Course Training requirements. Additional Basic Course training requirements are also available.

Disclaimer: This document is intended for use as a quick reference. Its purpose is not regulatory. For complete Legislative Mandated Training requirements refer to the appropriate law section provided for each requirement.

 

Legislative Mandated Training in the Basic Course

Training Topic

Training Information

Update/Refresher Training

Satisfied by the Regular Basic Course Learning Domain

PC 832

"Arrest and Firearms"

Course of Training

REQUIRED

Every peace officer shall satisfactorily complete an introductory course of training.

N/A

LD 35

California Code of Regulations (CCR)

 Title 8,Section 5193

Blood borne Pathogens

REQUIRED

REQUIRED

-Annually at a minimum as prescribed by CCR-

LD 34

H&S 1797.187

Carcinogenic Materials

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 41

PC 13517

Child Abuse Or Neglect

"Child Abuse Investigation"

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 9

PC 13514.5

Civil Disobedience

REQUIRED

VOLUNTARY

Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to include periodic updates and training on responding to acts of civil disturbance in AOT.

LD 24

PC 832.6

Deputies or Appointees as Reserve or Auxiliary Officers

Level I

(Basic training course as prescribed by POST)

Level II

(POST-certified Modules II and III)

Level III

(POST-certified Module III)

CPT

CPT

REQUIRED

*Level I, II, and III reserve officers

PC 13519

Domestic Violence Complaints

REQUIRED

REQUIRED for

Law Enforcement Officers

(below supervisory rank) assigned to patrol

-every 2 years-

OPTIONAL for

Law Enforcement Officers

(at/above supervisory rank) - periodic updates and training on DV as part of AOT.

LD 25

PC 13515

Elder and Dependent Abuse

"Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse"

REQUIRED

Every city police officer or deputy sheriff at a supervisory level and below assigned field or investigative duties within 18 months of field duties assignment.

N/A

LD 7

PC 13518

First Aid and CPR

REQUIRED

Every city/district police officer, (deputy) sheriff, (deputy) marshal, and CHP peace officer, except those whose duties are primarily clerical or administrative.

REQUIRED

-8 hours every 2 years-

Satisfactory completion of periodic refresher training or appropriate testing in CPR and other first aid as prescribed by EMSA.

Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.

LD 34 - 21 hours

PC 13519.5

Gang and Drug Law Enforcement

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 12

LD 38

PC 13519.6

Hate Crimes

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 42

PC 872(b)

Hearsay Testimony

REQUIRED

For all law enforcement officers with less than 5 years of service and who wish to testify to hearsay evidence in preliminary hearings.

N/A

LD 17

PC 13519.8

High Speed Vehicle Pursuits

REQUIRED

For peace officers.

REQUIRED

CA Law Enforcement Pursuit Guidelines (2/07) and/or Pursuit Driving Update (2007) 2-hour POST telecourse can be used to satisfy this requirement.

LD 19

PC 13519.2

Persons with Developmental Disabilities or Mental Illness

(MIDD)

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 37

PC 13519.1

Missing Persons

REQUIRED

Law enforcement officers and dispatchers.

N/A

LD 27

PC 13519.4

Racial and Cultural Diversity Training; Racial Profiling

REQUIRED

POST certified training. Every law enforcement officer in CA.

REQUIRED

-every 5 years-

LD 42

PC 13516

Sexual Assault Investigative Procedures

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 10, 30

PC 13519.7

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 42

PC 33220(b)

Short-barreled Shotguns or Short-barreled Rifles

"Shotgun Course Part I"

REQUIRED

When use is authorized by the agency and within the course and scope of duties . . .

Training requirement can be satisfied by completing the RBC, Reserve Training Modules I or II, or Reserve Modules A, B, C, and D which are contain POST-certified shotgun training.

N/A

LD 35

PC 13519.3

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 7

PC 13519.05

Stalking

REQUIRED

Completion of course may be satisfied by a 2-hour POST telecourse.

N/A

LD 25

PC 13514, 22820

Tear Gas and/or Tear Gas Weapon

Peace Officers

And

Custodial Officers

"Chemical Agents for Peace Officers"

REQUIRED

Satisfactory completion of a course of instruction in the use of tear gas.

 

N/A

LD 35

 

 

PC 13519.12 Emergency Response Training Advisory Committee

"Law Enforcement Response to Terrorism" (LERT)

~Includes IS 700.a, ICS 100~

"Public Safety Communications Terrorism Awareness Course" (PSC-TAC)

REQUIRED

Peace officers and First responders to terrorism incidents at the rank of lieutenant and below who are assigned to a field position.

Public safety communications personnel

N/A

LD 43

LD 26

GC 8607

SEMS-

Standardized Emergency Management System (Disaster Response)

Incident Command System (ICS)

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Federal (FEMA) Training Requirement

HSPD-5

CA Executive Order S-2-05

REQUIRED

Intro to SEMS

ICS 100

FEMA IS 700.a

N/A

LD 43

LD 26

VC 40600

Traffic Accident Investigation

(Notice to Appear)

REQUIRED

N/A

LD 29

 

Continuing Professional Training Requirement: Every peace officer (other than a Level III Reserve Peace Officer), Public Safety Dispatcher, and Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor shall satisfactorily complete the CPT requirement of 24 or more hours of POST-qualifying training during every two-year CPT cycle.  Effective January 1, 2002, certain peace officers in specific duty assignments must satisfy a portion of the CPT requirement by completing Perishable Skills and Communications training.

Perishable Skills/Communications Requirement for CPT. Effective January 1, 2002, all peace officers (except reserve officers) below the middle management position and assigned to patrol, traffic, or investigation who routinely effect the physical arrest of criminal suspects are required to complete Perishable Skills and Communications training.

  • (A) Perishable Skills training shall consist of a minimum of 12 hours in each two-year period. Of the total 12 hours required, a minimum of 4 hours of each of the three following topical areas shall be completed:

1. Arrest and Control

2. Driver Training/Awareness or Driving Simulator

3. Tactical Firearms or Force Options Simulator

  • (B) Communications training, either tactical or interpersonal, shall consist of a minimum of 2 hours.

It is recommended that managers and executives complete, within their two-year compliance cycle, two hours of CPT devoted to updates in the perishable skills topical areas enumerated above.