Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is POST accepting applications?
The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) open enrollment will be announced in a POST bulletin
2. How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted through EDI. If you do not have EDI access, please contact your agency’s training manager.
3. Do I need to reapply for each open enrollment period?
No need to reapply. Applicants not selected to attend a SLI course in the previous open enrollment period will continue to be in the application pool.
4. When will I know if I’m accepted into SLI?
Once you have completed your SLI application, our course presenter will notify you of your application status. SLI acceptance is ongoing as the classes become available. Please do not contact POST staff to inquire about your SLI application status.
5. What if my agency does not have EDI access?
EDI applications may be found at Electronic Data Interchange Presenter Access Application (pdf). Agencies may fax completed EDI applications to POST at the number indicated on the EDI application.
6. What are the minimum application requirements?
To be considered for SBSLI enrollment each applicant must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
- Is currently serving as a first-level supervisory peace officer (generally the position of sergeant) or for the Pilot Dispatch Supervisor's program, a first-level supervisor of dispatchers.
- Has completed two years of full-time experience supervising peace officer or dispatcher employees at the time that the application is submitted.
- Must have Notice of Appointment (NOAT) in EDI showing two years of experience
- Time served as an acting first-level supervisory peace officer or acting first-level supervisor of dispatchers will not be accepted.
- Must be a peace officer or dispatch supervisor. Correctional officers with PC831 status are not allowed as they do not have a NOAT.
- Has completed the POST Supervisory Course, has been awarded a POST Supervisory Certificate, or Dispatcher Supervisory Certificate.
- Agrees to remain in law enforcement for five (5) years after SBSLI graduation.
7. How many applications are accepted?
Around 500 applications are accepted during each open enrollment period. More classes could be added if the need arises and funding becomes available. A maximum of five (5) first-level supervisory peace officer applications may be submitted per agency. A maximum of one (1) Dispatch Supervisor application may be submitted per agency.
8. What if POST receives too many applications?
If POST receives more than 500 applications, we will engage in an alternate selection plan, which will employ a fair and equitable way to reduce the number of applications per agency.
9. What are some common problems when submitting an application through EDI?
There are several possible reasons that an applicant may be listed as ineligible. The following are some scenarios and recommendations:
Often, applicants are shown as not being qualified if the agency neglected to send a NOTA to POST upon promotion to the first-level supervisory rank. The agency should check the profile of the individual and then submit a NOTA immediately to remedy the situation.
Incorrect Rank Date
It is also possible that the rank date for appointment to first-level supervisor may have been incorrectly entered. The profile for the individual should be checked to ensure it is correct. If it is not correct, please contact EDI Helpdesk at (916) 227-4357 to have it corrected.
Incorrect or Missing Basic Supervisory Course Roster
Completion of the Supervisory Course is indicated on POST rosters; however, occasionally a roster has not been received or student ID was incorrectly noted, and credit for completion was recorded under another student’s ID. Agencies should check the applicant's POST Profile to be sure that completion of the course is noted. Agencies that are able to update NOTA information via EDI may update the data as needed to correct discrepancies. Contact EDI Helpdesk at (916) 227-4357 for further assistance.