POST Monthly Report

july 2014


The mission of POST is to continually enhance the professionalism of California law enforcement in serving its communities.  In February 2014, to fulfill our mission, POST embarked on updating its Strategic Plan.  The purpose of the update is to plan for the future of POST and ensure that our services and programs continue to be relevant, current, and effective.  Goals and objectives will be identified to guide POST over the next 3 – 5 years.  An initial 18-month Action Plan will be developed for the implementation of the Strategic Plan.

The California State University, Sacramento’s Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP) is assisting with an assessment of current issues, needs, challenges, and barriers experienced by key stakeholders.  The information gained from interviews, surveys, and validation meetings will be used in the development of POST’s Strategic Plan.

Throughout the months of May and June, almost every employee at POST and 36 representatives of POST stakeholders were interviewed by CCP staff.  The purpose of the interviews was to:

  • Understand POST’s current operations from the staff and client perspectives
  • Identify programs and operations that POST is doing well and those that are not regarded as effective
  • Identify what priorities best serve the field
  • Identify opportunities for POST to better serve the field

The results of the interviews were compiled into the Strategic Plan Assessment Summary document.  This summary will guide efforts to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the organization and provide direction to meet the current and future needs of staff and clients.

The next steps will include validation surveys, workshops, and finally the development of the strategic plan goals and objectives.

Progress regarding the effort to develop the strategic plan will continue to be reported to the Commissioners and Advisory Committee Members each month.

Questions about the Strategic Plan process may be directed to Senior Consultant Joe Sampson, Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau, at (916) 227-4806.


The Police Chief-City Manager Workshop provides a unique opportunity for police chiefs and city managers to come together in a workshop setting to examine the city’s police services while forging an effective working relationship.

Richard Word, recently retired Chief of the Vacaville Police Department, and Laura Kuhn, current Vacaville City Manager, facilitated the first pilot presentation of the revised course curriculum in Sacramento on July 30-August 1, 2014.  The course was attended by ten police chief/city manager teams from across the state.

Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  Students commented the course was valuable and very much worth their time to attend.  The topics addressed were relevant to current issues and prompted extensive discussion and enthusiastic participation.

A second pilot presentation will be held in Sacramento on October 1-3, 2014.

Questions about the Police Chief-City Manager Workshop may be directed to Staff Services Manager Kathy Hobson, Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau, at (916) 227-3911.


During July 2014, the Critical Incident Steering Committee (CISC) and POST staff reconvened to discuss the design, development, and delivery of a new training course entitled, “Working in the Edge of Chaos.”  The group examined the nuances of the curriculum sequencing, learning objectives, outcomes, and the expanded course outline.  Participants also established the curriculum major theme areas.  These include recognizing prime decision making, situational awareness, operational ICS, sense making, and analysis of critical factors that may influence an incident commander's tactical decisions when confronted with chaotic events.

This course is specifically designed for all supervisors likely to be the first-responding incident commander at the scene of a chaotic incident.  This course will also enhance the incident commander’s ability to competently exercise real-time leadership, within the crucial phase (the “golden hour”) of chaotic incidents.  Participants will learn how to leverage their ability to apply intuitive sense-making strategies, and effective collaborative methods of leadership during highly ambiguous and complex operational events.

The CISC comprises a full spectrum of highly experienced, mid- and executive-level peace officers from California, Maryland, and Washington.  The Committee also has a member who is a doctoral graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a subject-matter-expert in instructional systems design.   It is anticipated that the course will be POST-certified and delivered to the law enforcement community in the fall of 2014.

Questions about the Critical Incident Command project may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-3902; or Special Consultant, Dan Toomey, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-4828.


Basic Records course and Records Supervisor course instructors met with POST staff on July 28-29, 2014, to begin the revision process for both courses.  Considerable progress was made in updating both expanded course outlines to ensure consistency among presenters.

A second curriculum update meeting is anticipated to be held in the fall, and the revised curricula should be finalized by the end of the year.

Questions about the Basic Records course and Records Supervisor course may be directed to Staff Services Manager Kathy Hobson, Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau, at (916) 227-3911.


Phile CaporaleSENIOR CONSULTANT Phil Caporale
Basic Training Bureau

POST is pleased to welcome Phil Caporale as a Senior Consultant assigned to the Basic Training Bureau where he will manage the Penal Code (PC) 832 modular and dispatcher basic training programs.

Phil retired as a lieutenant from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in 2012 after 34 years of service.  His assignments included jail, civil, courts, patrol, administration, FTO, CAD, RMS, and MDT replacement projects, computer crimes, ballistic analysis, voice interoperability, emergency services, mutual aid, communications, patrol watch commander, and regional rescue coordination for law enforcement, fire, and EMS.

After retiring from the Sheriff’s Office, Phil worked as a reserve police officer at the Chowchilla Police Department, assisting with hiring, training, investigations, personnel management and development, and cost accounting.

Phil earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Criminology from CSU, Fresno.  Phil has a lifetime college teaching credential in police science and POST AICC certification.  He has taught at Fresno City College, CSU Fresno, Cal-OES, National University, Red Cross, Kenyon International, and Heald College.  Phil has also taught at the Fresno basic dispatcher academy for the past 25 years.

Questions about the PC 832 modular or the dispatcher basic training programs may be directed to Senior Consultant Phil Caporale, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-2519.


The following are bills in Legislative Session 2014-15 on which the Commission has taken, or will consider taking, a position.

Bill # and Author Title, Summary, and Commission Positions Status of Bill

AB 1598 (Rodriguez)

Emergency response services: active shooter incidents.

This intent of this bill is to require (1) the development of collaborative protocols and relationships between local and state first response entities in order act effectively and in concert to address active shooter incidents, (2) first response entities to seek collaborative training opportunities among first responding entities and stakeholders, and (3) that basic and ongoing training for first responders include, as appropriate, training and education on active shooter incidents and tactical casualty care.

POST would be required to establish training standards and develop a course of instruction that includes the criteria for the curriculum content recommended by the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) established pursuant to Section 8588.10 of the Government Code, involving the responsibilities of first responders to terrorism incidents.

The Interdepartmental Committee on Emergency Medical Services (ICEMS) would be required to consult with POST regarding emergency medical services integration and coordination with peace officer training.

Commission Position: No position

Last Amended Date:

Amended in Senate – 08/04/2014

AB 1860 (M. Perez)

Peace officers: basic training requirements.

Existing law requires every peace officer to complete an introductory course of training prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, except for specifically exempted categories of peace officers, and imposes other training requirements on those persons who would exercise the powers of peace officers.

This bill would provide that a probation department that is a certified provider of the introductory training course shall not be required to offer the course to the general public, and would make other technical, nonsubstantive changes in those provisions.

Commission Position: Opposed

Last Amended Date:

Chaptered  07/07/2014

AB 2387 (Pan)

Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training: contracting: authority.

Existing law requires a state agency proposing to execute a personal services contract to notify all organizations that represent state employees who perform the type of work to be contracted.

This bill would exempt personal services contracts entered into by the Commission pursuant to its contracting authority from that notification requirement.

This is a Commission-sponsored bill.

Commission Position: Support

Last Amended Date:

In Senate – Order to Third Reading – 06/24/14

AB 2623 (Pan)

Elder and dependent adult abuse training.

This bill sought to “require every law enforcement officer who would ordinarily respond to elder or dependent adult abuse reports or incidents of domestic violence to complete an updated course of instruction on elder abuse every two years.” This bill also sought to require local law enforcement agencies to provide their officers with cards that “summarizes the training received,” victims’ rights, local resources, and telephone numbers for other services.

Through POST’s collaborative efforts with the author, the bill was amended to include certain course content in an update of the course. The amendments are satisfactory and no action is required on this item. The original training requirements were removed.

Commission Position: No position

Last Amended Date:

From APPR Committee: Do pass 08/04/2014

SB 505 (Jackson)

Peace Officers: Welfare Checks and Firearms

This bill would require that when peace officers are preparing to check on the welfare or well-being of a person, when the inquiry is motivated by a concern that the person may be a danger to himself/herself or others, that they first conduct a search of the Department of Justice Automated Firearms System via the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) to determine whether a person is the registered owner of any firearm.

This requirement is only applicable provided no exigent circumstances exist, and that sufficient identifying information is available or could be ascertained through reasonable efforts.

Commission Position: No position

Last Amended Date:

Assembly – Read second time and amended 08/04/2014

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