POST Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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July 1959

Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown signed legislation on July 11, 1959, establishing the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as a special fund agency to develop and administer selection and training standards for the betterment of California law enforcement.

The legislation was conceived and developed by law enforcement professionals from the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA), the California Police Chiefs’ Association (CPCA), and the Peace Officers’ Research Association of California (PORAC). California POST was the first such organization in the U.S. Since then, all states have created similar organizations to improve and professionalize their law enforcement agencies.


July 2009

For 50 years, our mission at POST has been to continually enhance the professionalism of California law enforcement in serving its communities. Today, approximately 120 employees – some of whom have been employed at POST for 40 years – strive to uphold POST’s mission by providing exceptional service to California’s law enforcement professionals.

To commemorate 50 years of service to California law enforcement, POST held an Open House on July 21-22, 2009, for law enforcement personnel only.  The Open House featured displays of important milestones and projects developed in POST’s first 50 years of operation and provided an opportunity to network with our regional consultants.  The Open House highlighted past accomplishments, projects under development, and offered a glimpse of what law enforcement professionals, trainers, and visionaries foresee for the next 50 years of law enforcement training.

On the evening of July 22, 2009, POST hosted a reception replete with hors d'oeuvres and a lively program.  Invited guests included numerous law enforcement personnel, dignitaries, and staff.  Jerry Brown was the keynote speaker, along with various chiefs, sheriffs, and associations who recognized POST for its service to law enforcement.

POST thanks the law enforcement community for its support.  We look forward to serving you, our law enforcement constituents, for the next 50 years!