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POST produces a wide variety of publications designed to enhance the professionalism of California law enforcement. All publications are researched and developed by work groups comprised of POST staff and subject matter resource staff.  They are sanctioned by the POST Commission prior to release.

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Hate Crimes

Date: 6/6/2019
Author: Management Counseling and Projects Bureau (MCPB)
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The POST Hate Crimes Model Policy has been updated to comply with state law that became effective January 1, 2019. Any local agency that updates an existing hate crimes policy, or creates a new one, must incorporate the new requirements in California Penal Code 422.87, including the content of the model policy framework developed by POST. State agencies are required to update their current policy using the POST Hate Crimes Model Policy per California Penal Code 13519.6(c).

Background Investigation Manual

Date: 3/29/2019
Author: Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)
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The pre-employment background investigation is among the most important in investigations that a law enforcement agency will ever conduct. The purpose of this manual is to assist investigators in conducting background investigations for both peace officer and public safety dispatcher candidates, assuring compliance with minimum standards of appointment, and screening out candidates who are found unsuitable for the positions in question.

Peace Officer Training Annual Report

Date: 3/22/2019
Author: Executive Office (EXO)
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Effective July 1, 2018, the Legislature provided POST with a one-time $25 million General Fund budget augmentation to be allocated to the subject areas of De-escalation, Crisis Mental Health, and Innovative Grants. These funds are available for encumbrance or expenditure through June 30, 2021. This report is annual and will demonstrate the use of the funds until the funding is exhausted.

Scenario Manager Manual; POST Basic Course

Date: 3/19/2019
Author: Basic Training Bureau (BTB)
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The materials contained in this manual are example safety policies, evaluator and role player guidelines and other unsecured information that should be used by the scenario manager in the development of the academy’s scenario testing process.

POST Basic Course Student Scenario Preparation Manual

Date: 3/18/2019
Author: Basic Training Bureau (BTB)
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The materials in this publication were designed to help you, the student, succeed by gaining a more comprehensive understanding of scenario testing and how the process measures knowledge, skills and/or competencies necessary for effective peace officer performance.

Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual

Date: 4/1/2018
Author: Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)
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The POST Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual provides guidance on all phases and aspects of the psychological evaluation process, from the selection and training of screening psychologists, to procedures for reaching a suitability determination and beyond.

Model Respiratory Protection Program for Law Enforcement

Date: 2/1/2018
Author: Training Program Services Bureau (TPS)
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The Model Respiratory Protection Program for Law Enforcement will assist law enforcement agencies in developing their own written agency program that satisfies Cal/OSHA requirements. The model program was originally developed by POST, in conjunction with Cal/OSHA, the California Police Chief’s Association, and the California State Sheriffs’ Association in 2004.

Peace Officer Job Analysis

Date: 8/1/2016
Author: Strategic Communications and Research Bureau (SCR)
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This report presents the update of the POST entry-level peace officer job analysis. This validation study identifies and defines the critical job activities performed by entry-level peace officers in the State of California. Survey data was collected over a 1-year period with 1,237 law enforcement officers representing 236 different agencies (39%) within 50 different counties (86%). This survey information was reviewed in a series of meetings with subject matter experts (SMEs). The report lists critical task statements, linkages between job tasks and job functions, and between job functions and job competencies.

Motor Officer Training and Operations Review for Safety (MOTORS) Guidelines

Date: 7/1/2016
Author: Training Program Services Bureau (TPS)
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The CA Commission on POST MOTORS Operational Guidelines and Standardized Training Recommendations can assist law enforcement agencies with the enhancement of motorcycle programs in the areas of selection, training, safety, and effectiveness. These Guidelines were developed by motorcycle operations and training subject matter experts to encourage the development of a safe riding culture in law enforcement agencies with motorcycle personnel.

Becoming an Exemplary Public Safety Dispatcher

Date: 8/1/2015
Author: Training Program Services Bureau (TPS)
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From an overview of the job, to looking beyond training, this publication is a tool that educates and equips applicants, academy students, and public safety dispatchers with skills to assist them in making insightful decisions that result in longer-term career success.

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