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POST Monthly Report

May 2020

Keeping you up to date on POST projects

POST Releases New “Bias and Racial Profiling” Training Video

POST has released its newest training video, “Bias and Racial Profiling.” Available to view on the POST Learning Portal, this training program:  1) explores history as it relates to racial bias and community perceptions, 2) reviews potential ways biases may affect decision making, 3) reveals how bias and profiling impact the profession and influences public perception, 4) identifies various community perspectives and concerns; and, 5) reflects on diversity within law enforcement agencies. 

The new video program offers group or individual trainee viewing modes and includes printable instructor and trainee documents for either group-facilitated or individual instruction. Successful completion of this training video meets the two-hour refresher requirement for Racial Profiling Training pursuant to Penal Code section 13519.4(i) and Regulation 1081 when this program is facilitated by a qualified racial profiling instructor.

Questions about the new “Bias and Racial Profiling” training video may be directed to Mike Barnes, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454

POST Offers Background Update Course Online

Law Enforcement Consultants from the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau often present training courses at the regional level or in partnership with a training presenter or local agency.  One of the courses TDC presents is the Background Investigations Update (30330) course which is a 4-hour presentation that is historically presented in-person. The audience typically consists of current background investigators from local agencies or private investigation firms, those looking to retire and start a second career, and those responsible for the supervision of background investigations.

The last in-person presentation was on March 12, 2020 in Fresno, which was attended by 31 people from throughout Region IV. A second presentation was scheduled for May 6, 2020 and was set to be held at the Clovis Police Department. Unfortunately, due to the changes forced upon us by COVID-19, in-person courses were cancelled.

To continue to serve our constituents, the course was quickly converted to an online “webinar” format and those that had pre-registered were notified of the change. On May 6th, POST was able to present the course online for thirteen attendees from around Region IV. 

Questions regarding the online course may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Jeff Dunn, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-4873.   

POST Psychological Evaluator List Update

In response to inquiries from the field and in an effort to simplify finding POST compliant psychologists, POST recently made changes to the Psychological Evaluators List. Specifically, the list is now divided into two categories:  POST compliant and non-compliant evaluators. POST compliant evaluators are at the top of the list and include psychologists who have completed the mandated online POST Psychological Screening Manual book-based exam and are current with their requisite 12 hours of biennial continuing professional education (CPE) training. Completion of both of these requirements are indicated by a “yes” in the relevant column on the POST Psychological Evaluator List page. Psychologists who have not met one or both of these requirements will either have nothing in the column or a red parenthetical number indicating their missing CPE hours.

Per Commission Regulation 1955(b), psychologists are responsible for meeting POST CPE requirements, including logging in to their CPE profiles to upload requisite training when completed. Departments should verify that their psychologist(s) are current with POST requirements, prior to conducting psychological evaluations. Additional evaluator compliance information, including specific training the psychologist has completed, can be viewed by clicking on “Evaluator Details” under the psychologist’s name.

Questions regarding the POST Psychological Evaluators List may be directed to Melani Singley, Strategic Communications and Research Bureau, (916) 227-4258.

POST Releases a Second “Did You Know? Hate Crimes: Not Obvious” Video

POST has released another video from the Did You Know? series, titled “Hate Crimes: Not Obvious.”  The new video is now available to view or download on the POST Website or on the POST Learning Portal.

The second of two Did You Know? Hate Crimes-themed videos, this newest program encourages officers to sharpen their perception skills so they can more readily identify hate crimes, interact with the victims in a professional manner, and investigate hate crimes in an unbiased fashion—all while remaining neutral during investigations so as to not fall into “bias by proxy” through contact with any of the parties.  As with the Did You Know? Hate Crimes: Face Hate video released in March, this second video reinforces the theme that it is in the best interest of everyone – especially law enforcement – to do their best in combating hate crimes.

A full-length training video, “Hate Crimes: Identification and Investigation,” is also available to POST agencies free of charge on the POST Learning Portal or on DVD format (visit the Training Videos Website).

Questions about both Did You Know? Hate Crimes videos may be directed to Mike Barnes, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3454.

POST Hosts an Online Meeting for Training Coordinators

On May 7, 2020, 62 training coordinators and representatives from Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties, and state law enforcement agencies, participated in an online meeting with their POST Region 3 consultant. Topics covered included: COVID-19 resources for law enforcement, recently issued POST bulletins regarding training and selection requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the process for certifying webinar-based training courses for CPT credit, and other POST updates. The meeting provided participants a networking opportunity and information to assist their organizations during these challenging times.

Questions regarding the online meeting may be directed to Law Enforcement Consultant Karen Lozito, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0471.   

POST's Bifurcation of the Supervisory Courses and New Curriculum

The Supervisory Course is an 80-hour (two week) mandatory training course for newly promoted Sergeants. Due to a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) audit and based on feedback from students who recently attended the Supervisory Course, it was determined that this course needed an update (the last update was in 2017).  As a result, TPS conducted several workshops with presenters, facilitators, and program managers to update the curriculum. In addition, a Principled Policing component was added to the curriculum. The workshops were successful and aided in getting the entire curriculum updated, which is now available to all presenters on the POST Supervisory Course Instructor Network.  

During these workshops a request was made to the POST Supervisory Course Coordinator to bifurcate the course into two modules to provide smaller agencies the opportunity to better manage their staffing needs. As a result, two separate modules for the Supervisory Course are now available, which provides another option for the presenters of the Supervisory Course.  It should be noted that this is only an option, and not a requirement. A POST bulletin was created and sent to the Training Coordinators and presenters notifying them of this option. 

Questions regarding this article may be directed to Bureau Chief Mike Radford, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-3925.

POST participates in CAPTO (Central Coast) Online Meeting for Training Coordinators

On May 21, 2020, POST participated with Training Coordinators from the California Association of Police Training Officers (CAPTO) Central Coast group for an online meeting. POST provided an update on recent POST Bulletins concerning the Emergency Background Protocol for Returning Peace Officers, Temporary Amendment to Regulation 1052(f), Emergency Requalification for Peace Officer Candidates, Optional Bifurcated Supervisory Course, and Temporary Suspension of the Requirement for Chemical Agent Exposure in Learning Domain 35 (Firearms/Chemical Agents) during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency in POST Basic Courses.

The group discussed the different ways agencies are conducting training during the Coronavirus conditions and a lengthy discussion on options to present online/webinar formatted training.  Agencies shared ideas and encouraged everyone in the group to continue to network and think outside the box to meet their own agency’s training needs.

Questions regarding the CAPTO online meeting may be directed to Christine Ford, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.  

Meet the New POST Employees

Jennifer Williams
Staff Services Manager I 
Strategic Communications and Research Bureau 

 

Jennifer comes to us from California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS)/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) where she served as an Analyst in the Litigation Support Unit, and became the CCHCS California Public Records Act (CPRA) subject matter expert. Prior to CCHCS, Jennifer worked as a Project Manager, Account Manager, Accountant, and has over 3 years of experience in Team Management. Jennifer is assigned as the Staff Services Manager I in the Strategic Communications & Research Bureau.

Batmanduul Batkhuyag 
Staff Services Analyst 
Administrative Services Bureau 

 

Batmanduul comes to us from the CALFire Departmental Accounting Office where he was a Student Assistant auditing claim schedules for various units including AP, AR, and CALCARD. He is a recent graduate from California State University, Sacramento where he acquired his bachelor's degree in Finance and Management Information Systems. Batmanduul is assigned as the Staff Services Analyst in the Administrative Services Bureau. 

Legislative Update

Status of Current Legislation

The following is Legislation assigned to POST in the 2020-21 session. (Updated 5/22/2020)

 

Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 1854

Assembly Member Frazier

Missing or Murdered Native American Women Task Force. 

Would create the Missing or Murdered Native American Women Task Force in the Department of Justice, and would provide for the membership of that task force. The bill would require the task force to complete a formal consultation with California’s Native American tribes on how to improve tribal access to databases, to develop recommendations on how to increase state resources for reporting and identifying missing and murdered Native American persons in the state, and to develop a database of nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations that provide aid or support in locating missing Native American persons. The bill would require the task force to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023, detailing improvements to tribal database access, interjurisdictional coordination, and law enforcement resource allocation for cases of missing or murdered Native American persons.

Introduced Date: 1/7/2020

Status: 1/17/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

AB 2236

Assembly Member Gabriel

Peace officer training: hate crimes.

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop and implement a course of instruction and training for specified peace officers on the topic of hate crimes. Current law requires that training to be implemented into the basic course and requires, as specified, all state and local law enforcement agencies to provide the training to all peace officers they employ. This bill would require the basic course curriculum on the topic of hate crimes to include the viewing of a specified video course developed by POST. The bill would also require POST to make the video available via the online learning portal, and would require all peace officers to view the video no later than January 1, 2022.


Amended Date: 5/7/2020

Status: 5/20/2020-Coauthors revised. From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (May 19). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 2591

Assembly Member Ramos

Peace officers: firearms: establishment serving the public.      

Current law makes it a misdemeanor for an innkeeper or common carrier of passengers to refuse to receive or entertain any guest or to refuse to receive or carry any passenger without just cause or excuse. Current law makes it a misdemeanor to deny admittance to accommodations to a blind, deaf, or disabled person and that person’s specially trained guide dog, signal dog, or service dog. This bill would make it unlawful for an establishment serving the public to prohibit or otherwise restrict a peace officer from carrying a weapon on the establishment’s premises that the peace officer is authorized to carry, regardless of whether the peace officer is engaged in the actual discharge of the officer’s duties while carrying the weapon.

Amdnded Date: 03/05/2020

Status: 3/9/2020-Re-referred to Com. on PUB.S.

AB 2616

Assembly Member Gabriel
 

 Peace officer training: gun violence restraining orders

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop and implement, on or before January 1, 2022, a course of training for those law enforcement officers regarding gun violence restraining orders. The bill would require the course to be incorporated into the course or courses of basic training for law enforcement officers on or before January 1, 2022, and would require the course or courses to include specified topics, including the process of filing a petition for a gun violence restraining order and situational training to assist officers in identifying when a gun violence restraining order is appropriate.

Introduced Date: 2/20/2020

Status: 3/2/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

AB 2833 

Assembly Member Lackey

Domestic violence: victim’s information card

Current law requires law enforcement agencies to develop and implement written policies for officer responses to domestic violence incidents, including furnishing written notice to victims at the scene in the form of a Victims of Domestic Violence card that contains, among other information, telephone numbers for local hotlines, shelters, and counseling centers. This bill would add the issuance of Victims of Domestic Violence cards as a topic in the course of instruction for the training of law enforcement officers.

Introduced Date: 2/20/2020

Status: 3/2/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S

AB 2917

Assembly Member McCarty

Department of Justice: law enforcement policies on the use of deadly force.      

Would require the Attorney General, commencing on July 1, 2023, to create a program within the Department of Justice to review the policies on the use of deadly force of any law enforcement agency, as specified, that requests a review, and to make recommendations.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: 3/5/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB.S.

AB 3071

Assembly Member Mullin

Lead ammunition: shooting ranges.

Would prohibit a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range, as defined, from selling or giving away ammunition unless that ammunition is certified as nonlead ammunition by the commission. The bill would also prohibit patrons or employees of a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range from firing ammunition unless it is nonlead certified and would require a sport shooting range and an indoor shooting range to post a specified sign to that effect.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: 4/24/2020-Referred to Com. on W., P., & W.

AB 3341

Assembly Member Muratsuchi

Public employment: peace officers

Current law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, being of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation. This bill would require that the background investigation for determining moral character use standards defined by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, as minimum guidelines, before the applicant may be employed or begin training as a peace officer. The bill would make related changes.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status:2/24/2020-Read first time.

SB 776

Senator Skinner

College admissions: criminal history inquiry: prohibition

Would prohibit a postsecondary educational institution in this state from inquiring about a prospective student’s criminal history on an initial application form or at any time during the admissions process before the institution’s final decision relative to the prospective student’s application for admission. By imposing new duties on community college districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Amended Date: 1/6/2020

Status: 1/27/2020-Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 30. Noes 6.) Ordered to the Assembly. In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk

SB 1089

Senator Archuleta

Law enforcement: training policies

Current law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training in the Department of Justice and requires the commission to adopt rules establishing minimum standards regarding the recruitment of peace officers. Existing law requires the commission to develop guidelines and implement courses of instruction regarding racial profiling, domestic violence, hate crimes, vehicle pursuits, and human trafficking, among others. Current law requires the commission to implement a course or courses of instruction for the regular and periodic training of law enforcement officers in the use of force. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

Introduced Date: 2/19/2020

Status: 2/27/2020-Referred to Com on RLS

SB 1108

Senator Hueso

Senior and disability victimization.      

Would require that all local law enforcement agencies adopt a policy regarding senior and disability victimization on or before January 1, 2022, and to make the policy and all future updates and amendments available to the California Commission on Aging and the state protection and advocacy agency upon request. By expanding the duties of local law enforcement, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Amended Date: 3/26/2020

Status: 3/26/2020-From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

SB 1136

Senator Gonzalez, Lena

Peace officers: recruitment of women

Would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop best practice recruiting recommendations and materials that include best practices for recruiting women peace officers. The bill would require the commission to create and make available a guidebook or other material on best practices for peace officer recruitment for recruiting community oriented officers and women peace officers. The bill would also require the commission to distribute a short bulletin via the internet to law enforcement agencies on the topic of best recruitment practices, including recruiting women peace officers.

Amended Date: 4/1/2020

Status:  4/1/2020-From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

SB 1354

Senator Hurtado

Law enforcement agencies: public records

Current law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and each local law enforcement agency to conspicuously post on their internet websites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public if a request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act. This bill would require that information to be posted in English, Spanish, and any other language that is spoken by at least 5% of the population in the jurisdiction of that law enforcement agency.

Introduced Date: 02/21/2020

Status: 3/12/2020-Referred to Com. on PUB. S

SB 1392

Senator Bradford

Peace officers: basic course of training

Current law requires every peace officer to have satisfactorily completed an introductory training course prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Current law requires each applicant for admission to a basic course of training certified by the commission that includes the carrying and use of firearms, who is not sponsored by a local or other law enforcement agency, or is not a peace officer, to submit written certification to the Department of Justice that the applicant has no criminal history background that would disqualify them from possessing a firearm. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Introduced Date: 2/21/2020

Status: 3/12/2020-Referred to Com. on RLS.

 

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