Executive Director's Message
By Manny Alvarez, Jr.
This year brought many calls for police reform and training. We educated and we listened. We provided testimony to explain our role and demonstrate the good work we do to the California Legislature. We collaborated with the California Community Colleges on their “Call to Action.” We heard the loud concerns from government leaders and fellow citizens about the carotid restraint control hold, and the Commission removed it from the training curriculum. We listened to the concerns about how law enforcement addresses large public gatherings, demonstrations, and protests, and we embarked on a project to refresh POST crowd management guidelines and training. The public demanded an emphasis on de-escalation training, and we incorporated new training and scenario testing into the basic academy and deployed new in-service courses. Our law enforcement agency stakeholders asked for consideration on training mandates, and we offered flexibility and solutions. Some agency training budgets were challenged, and we shifted funding to fully support all of our programs to maximize training and local assistance. We recognize, now more than ever, the need to incorporate peace officer and dispatcher wellness into everything we do, and we embarked on a project to instill change. The ability to make adjustments and pivot is the mark of a strong organization. Our predecessors at POST exemplified this for decades, and we are confident we have moved things forward in 2020.
COVID-19 has had a negative impact on POST operations and frankly no explanation is needed. More importantly, many of us saw family, friends, and co-workers suffer and even die from the virus. We witnessed our first responders unwavering patriotism and courage under the most difficult times in our recent history. As challenging as it has been, it will end, and we will all come out stronger. The pandemic has brought us closer together and given us perspective on life and service.
In conclusion, POST owes a debt of gratitude to the following staff, all of whom retired in 2020:
- Evalina Olivarria, Training Delivery & Compliance Bureau
- Phil Caporale, Strategic Communications & Research Bureau
- Ralph Brown, Training Delivery & Compliance Bureau
- Brenda Ali, Training Delivery & Compliance Bureau
- Luanne Vasquez, Basic Training Bureau
- Ben Damian, Administrative Services Bureau
- Bob Holmgren, Strategic Communications & Research Bureau
- Greg Kyritsis, Training Program Services Bureau
- Mary Brendlen, Basic Training Bureau
- Joe Sampson, Training Program Services Bureau
12 New Videos were Released in 2020; Existing DVD Videos Converted to Online Streaming
The Learning Technology Resources Bureau released twelve new videos in 2020, plus completed the conversion of 50+ previous training videos from DVD format to online streaming on the POST Learning Portal.
Videos that were released this past year include: six full-length training videos on topics of de-escalation, bias and racial profiling, officer wellness, human trafficking, mental health, and natural disaster response; four Did You Know? videos on topics including hate crimes, human trafficking, and officer wellness; and two special basic training program videos for recruit training officer and director/coordinator orientation.
More than 50 previously-released DVDs were also converted to streaming video on the POST Learning Portal, with a total collection of 90 videos now available online.
In the first half of 2021, six more new videos will be released, with topics that include domestic violence update, gun violence restraining orders (GVRO), POST EDI user tutorial, future of dispatching, and instructor videos for strategic communications and principled policing courses.
For questions about POST Training Videos, visit the POST Website or contact Ron Crook, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3913.
POST Online Presence During COVID-19
Law Enforcement Consultants from the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau continue to offer online training presentations and informational meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current State of Emergency orders.
One such presentation was the Background Investigations Update course which was presented on December 15th for over 60 background investigators and background unit supervisors from around the state. The attendees came from various state and local law enforcement agencies as well as private entities that provide background services to law enforcement.
On December 16th, Training Managers and California Association of Police Training Officers (CAPTO) members from the Central Valley met online to receive an update on upcoming course content changes relating to Use of Force and a variety of other POST updates as we approach 2021 and the new CPT/PSP Training Cycle.
Questions regarding online course options can be directed to your Regional Law Enforcement Consultant.
POST Patrol Officer Physical Demands Job Task Analysis
The Strategic Communications and Research Bureau has completed the update of POST’s Patrol Officer Physical Demand Job Task Analysis. This analysis provides crucial foundational support for all further work, which includes analyzing and modernizing the Regular Basic Course (RBC) physical conditioning and physical testing requirements, updating the RBC Physical Training Instructor’s Course, developing and validating a Pre-Academy physical ability test, determining the empirical relationship between academy physical performance requirements and future job performance, and evaluating the prospect of treating physical fitness as a perishable skill.
A project advisory team, consisting of physical training experts and representatives from law enforcement agencies, contributed to the completion of the analysis. Details of the methodology and survey utilized, along with the findings and results can be found in the Patrol Officer Physical Demands Study technical report.
Questions regarding the Patrol Officer Physical Demand Job Task Analysis may be directed to Examination and Research Consultant, Chau N. Chan, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4835.
POST Offers Online Version of Training Administrator’s Course
On December 17, 2020, the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau held an online training presentation of the Training Administrator’s Course for training managers in the State. This course specifically addresses how to get a new course certified, how to modify a course, POST regulations as it pertains to courses, and all details involving the course certification process. The training was well attended and provided the attendees with all the information necessary to get started in the course certification journey. If you are interested in attending future online presentations of this course, please visit the POST TAC webpage to be placed on the interest list.
Questions regarding the online version of the Training Administrator’s Course may be directed to Christine Ford, Training Delivery Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.