POST Releases New “Human Trafficking” Training Video
POST has released its newest training video, “Human Trafficking.” Available to view on the POST Learning Portal, this training prepares California law enforcement professionals for the recognition, enforcement, and investigation of laws pertaining to the crime of human trafficking. Upon completion of the program, officers will have a greater understanding of the laws covering human trafficking, how to identify commonalities in victimology, and how to conduct a human trafficking investigation. Officers will also recognize their important role and how best to enforce human trafficking laws. The new video program offers group or individual trainee viewing modes, and printable instructor and trainee documents for group-facilitated or individual instruction.
Questions about the new “Human Trafficking” training video may be directed to Nick Muyo, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-4895.
POST Provides Update to South Bay Training Managers
On June 25, 2020, El Camino Community College hosted a South Bay Training Manager meeting. Representatives from the Los Angeles District Attorney Investigators, Los Angeles Port Police, Santa Barbara Police Department, California State University Long Beach, and others discussed contemporary training topics. Region 9 Consultant John Turner provided a POST update on current training opportunities and discussed the value of the new POST Wellness “Silent No More” initiative, encouraging all training managers to view the new Did You Know? video. Training managers were encouraged to take an active interest in officer and dispatcher wellness in their agencies.
Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant, John Turner, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 531-3775.
The Quality Assessment Program Establishes Guidelines For Assessment Of Distance Learning Courses
The Quality Assessment Program (QAP) uses subject matter experts (SMEs) to evaluate POST certified courses for content and delivery. Emphasis is placed on delivering current, relevant curriculum in a manner conducive to adult learning. In July 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions QAP evaluators assessed distance learning courses that were transitioned from traditional learning courses. In preparation for these assessments, a committee was organized to create QAP Distance Learning Guidelines. These SMEs have extensive training and education in adult learning theory, course facilitation and curriculum design. The guidelines were created to provide direction for QAP evaluators as well as instructors who wish to effectively deliver POST courses in a distance learning format. Below is an excerpt from the foreword of the Distance Learning Guidelines:
“Perhaps the most important idea to take away from the guidelines is this: the characteristics of online learning are such that traditional classroom-based learning strategies may not simply be transferred online. Instead, teaching methods must be realigned in a way that minimizes technological limitations while also taking advantage of the benefits offered by online environments. This guidebook contains suggestions for how this may be accomplished.”
These guidelines will be used to establish an assessment rubric which will be used for evaluation of distance learning courses. If you have any questions regarding QAP, please contact Special Consultant Tamara Baarts, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-7357.
Administering POST Entry-Level Exams During COVID-19
During the COVID-19 Emergency, POST continues to provide all entry-level testing services to California law enforcement agencies (LEAs) who have a current test security agreement. The POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery and the POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test Battery can continue to be ordered through the Test Order Unit at POST.
On May 20, 2020, POST released the Notice of Guidelines for Entry-Level Test Administration Process During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Bulletin (pdf), outlining the recommended test administration procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. While POST recognizes the continuous hiring needs across California LEAs, POST strongly advises agencies to take extra precautions when administering in-person written exams. Furthermore, changes to an agency’s test administration process should comply with POST entry-level test security agreements in order to protect the security and integrity of our tests.
POST staff is available to assist LEAs with planning your agency’s test administration procedures to ensure compliance with our policy, while maintaining the safety of all agency staff and candidates. Please direct all questions and comments to the Strategic Communication and Research Bureau.
POST Participates in Ventura County Law Enforcement Training Manager’s Association Online Meeting for Training Coordinators
On July 16, 2020, POST participated with Training Coordinators from Ventura County Law Enforcement Training Manager’s Association (LETMA) for an online meeting. POST provided an update on recent POST Bulletins concerning the Course Certification for Webinars, the updated POST Guidelines for Student Safety in Certified Courses, the announcement of the Distance Learning Grant Program, the release of the Officer Wellness training video, and subjects discussed from the most recent POST Commission meeting in June.
The group discussed the different ways agencies are conducting training during the COVID-19 conditions and a lengthy discussion on options to present online/webinar formatted training. Agencies shared ideas/recommendations on achieving training compliance and thinking outside the box to meet their own agency’s training needs. The group agreed to continue to meet online every two months to keep everyone informed and provide information sharing.
Questions regarding the Training Manager’s group online meeting may be directed to Christine Ford, Training Delivery Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.
AB 332 Research Project Update
The Assembly Bill 332 (Penal Code Section 13510.05) research project data collection and analyses are continuing. Initial testing, 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 Course academy, since July 1, 2019.
As of July 20, 2020, data has been collected on 2,259 students enrolled in 37 academy classes from 20 different academies. This is the primary dataset to be used for the project analyses, since these academies all presented the same set of tests based on the same training and testing specifications. POST staff are continuing to screen each academy class’s data for omissions. Currently there are 168 students from 19 classes at 14 academies with at least one missing test score. POST staff is contacting these academies to collect the missing data. Academies are encouraged to assist POST in making the analysis database as complete as possible.
In addition, data has been collected from two academies (70 students) that are using the newly approved reduced set of firearms tests. This data, and other academy data with the revised test plan, will be analyzed separately.
Academies are encouraged to contact Chau Chan, at (916) 227-4835, as soon as they encounter any issues, questions, or are unclear with the task or instructions. Questions related the analyses of this data should be direct to Dr. Bob Holmgren, at (916) 227-4830.
Chief of Fontana Police Department Receives POST Executive Certificate
Congratulations to Chief Billy Green of the Fontana Police Department (PD) for receiving his POST Executive Certificate. Prior to his law enforcement career, Chief Green served his nation in the Marine Corps. He was hired by the Baldwin Park Police Department in 1997 and he joined the Fontana Police Department in 1999. Chief Green stated, “the community of Fontana is served by a phenomenal group of hard-working police professionals that truly care about doing the right thing. I am honored to be their leader.”
Chief Green served in a variety of positions including Acting Chief of Police, Detective and Sergeant for the Fontana School Police Department, and on the Inland Valley Swat for 17 years. He is a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Leadership Institute and the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program. He has two Bachelor’s Degrees, one from Southern Illinois University and one from California State University, Northridge. He has his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Questions regarding Region 7 may be directed to Regional Consultant Matt O’Deane, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 215-4188.