POST Monthly Report

may 2014

POST GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

In May, Learning Technology Resources Bureau released the new Did You Know – School Violence.  This video shows the signs that officers and school personnel may see that could be indicators of a student who should be offered intervention or assistance to avoid potential violence.

The video was filmed at Valley Center High School in San Diego County and the majority of actors were members of Mr. Ward’s drama class.  They submitted audition tapes and were selected based on their talent and abilities.  Over the course of three days, POST and Digital OutPost (DOP) staff worked with the students and found them to be courteous, responsive, professional, and committed to giving the best performances they could.

POST and DOP returned to the drama class later in the month and showed the finished Did You Know to the students.  They were able to ask questions regarding production, direction, casting, future education, and even a potential career in law enforcement.

Mr. Ward was very appreciative and indicated he would approach the principal to arrange for the entire school to see the video, not only because it features their students, but because of the relevant information regarding preventing school violence.

Did You Know – School Violence is available for viewing and downloading at www.post.ca.gov under POST News.

Questions about the Did You Know program may be directed to Assistant Executive Director Jan Bullard, Executive Office, at (916) 227-2808.

 

COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE TO SHERMAN BLOCK SUPERVISORY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (SBSLI) GRADUATES

Effective May 2014, college credit is available to SBSLI graduates through CSU Long Beach’s College of Continuing and Professional Education (www.csulb.edu/POSTSLI).  To obtain the credit, students must submit their written assignments, including a completed copy of their Adaptive Leadership Project.  These documents will be reviewed and graded electronically by two instructors from the CSU Long Beach School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management on a credit/no credit basis for a total of nine upper division undergraduate units.

Questions about the SBSLI program may be directed to Senior Consultant Joe Gutierrez, Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau, at (916) 227-2824.

 

BASIC TRAINING BUREAU AND COMPUTER SERVICES BUREAU TEST PAPERLESS FORMAT WORKSHOPS

The Basic Training Bureau is experimenting with a new “paperless” workshop format.  Historically, most POST workshops have involved the preparation of a comprehensive folder or binder with a wealth of printed material.  This material was used as a reference during the presentation of the course and to guide students as they learned from the instructor.

In many respects, this format worked well; however, it resulted in an extensive amount of expensive printing and shipping costs.  Furthermore, printed material can become outdated very quickly, and the conventional instructional format often lacked the interactive component that could assist the learner in comprehending the curriculum.  In order to increase the level of learning by the students in workshops and reduce costs, the Basic Training Bureau and Computer Services Bureau have initiated a process to test a paperless format.

In the paperless workshop, the students are provided access to the training materials several weeks prior to the course and they may make copies of the documents if they so desire.  During the actual course presentation, the students do not receive conventional lecture or overuse of audio-visual programs; rather, they participate with the instructors using their own laptops to work through the curriculum and utilize real-time resources.  This process is very interactive and consistent with adult learning principles associated with better and more effective learning, as well as a higher level of retention.  Initial feedback from the field has been very positive.

The Basic Training Bureau plans to incorporate the paperless format into additional training courses offered by the Bureau in order to enhance the quality of instruction to its statewide stakeholders, and to reduce printing and shipping costs.

Questions about the paperless workshop format should be directed to Senior Consultant Lon Ramlan, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4820; or Staff Information Systems Analyst Elayne Arterburn, Computer Services Bureau, at (916) 227-4894.


MEET THE NEW POST EMPLOYEE

Jeff DunnSENIOR CONSULTANT Jeff Dunn
Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau

POST is pleased to welcome Jeff Dunn as a Senior Consultant assigned to the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau where he will manage Region 4 as the POST Regional Training Consultant covering Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.  Jeff’s assignment also includes handling and answering questions regarding the Reserve Peace Officer program.

Jeff Dunn began his law enforcement career while in high school as a member of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Explorer program.  In 1986, Jeff joined the Kingsburg Police Department as a reserve police officer.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Fresno State University and has spent almost 20 years as a police academy instructor in topics such as impact weapons, missing persons, and report writing.  As a sergeant he served as the supervisor for programs such as Reserve Peace Officers, Communications, Field Training, and the K9 Unit.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 2001.  In 2005, he was appointed as Chief of Police where he remained until joining POST in 2014.

Questions about Region 4 or the Reserve Peace Officer program may be directed to Senior Consultant Jeff Dunn, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-4873.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – STATUS OF CURRENT LEGISLATION

The following are bills in Legislative Session 2013-14 on which the Commission has taken, or will consider taking, a position.

Bill # and Author Title, Summary, and Commission Positions Status of Bill

AB 25 (Campos)

Employment: social media.

An act to amend Section 980 of the Labor Code, relating to employment.

Existing law prohibits a private employer from requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for employment to disclose a username or password for the purpose of accessing personal social media, to access personal social media in the presence of the employer, or to divulge any personal social media.  Existing law prohibits a private employer from discharging, disciplining, threatening to discharge or discipline, or otherwise retaliating against an employee or applicant for not complying with a request or demand that violates these provisions.

This bill would apply the provisions described above to public employers, as defined.  The bill would apply to public employers generally, including charter cities and counties.

Commission Position: Opposed

Last Amended Date:

Senate Appropriations Committee – 05/01/13

AB 1860 (M.Perez)

Peace officers: basic training requirements.

An act to amend Section 832 of the Penal Code, relating to peace officers.

Existing law requires every peace officer to complete an introductory course of training prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, except for specifically exempted categories of peace officers, and imposes other training requirements on those persons who would exercise the powers of peace officers.

This bill would provide that a probation department that is a certified provider of the introductory training course shall not be required to offer the course to the general public, and would make other technical, nonsubstantive changes in those provisions.

Commission Position: Opposed

Last Amended Date:

Assembly
Public Safety Committee – 03/20/14

AB 2314 (Hall)

Peace officers: firearms.

An act to amend Section 830.5 of the Penal Code, relating to peace officers.

This bill would require the chief probation officer of each county to train and arm those probation officers and deputy probation officers who are assigned supervision of persons on probation or post release community supervision that are deemed high risk.  This bill would require every county probation department to promulgate regulations consistent with these provisions.

Commission Position: No position

Last Amended Date:

Assembly
Public Safety Committee –
05/07/14

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety – 05/28/14

AB 2387 (Pan)

Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training: contracting: authority.

An act to amend Section 19132 of the Government Code, and to amend Section 13503 of the Penal Code, relating to personal services contracts.

This bill would exempt personal services contracts entered into by the Commission pursuant to its contracting authority from that notification requirement.

Existing law requires a state agency proposing to execute a personal services contract to notify all organizations that represent state employees who perform the type of work to be contracted.

This is a Commission-sponsored bill.

Commission Position: Support

Last Amended Date:

Assembly
Appropriations – 04/21/14

Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing Date – 06/10/14

SB 1278 (Leno)

Animal control officers.

An act to amend Section 830.9 of the Penal Code, relating to animal control officers.

This bill would require every person appointed as an animal control officer prior to July 1, 2015, to complete a course in the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants no later than July 1, 2016.  This bill would require every person appointed as an animal control officer, and every person appointed as a director, manager, supervisor, or any person in direct control of an animal control agency, on or after July 1, 2015, to complete a course in the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants within one year of his or her appointment, as specified.  This bill would require every animal control officer, prior to the exercise of the powers of arrest and to serve warrants, to have satisfactorily completed the required course of training.

Commission Position: No position

Last Amended Date:

Senate Appropriation Committee – 04/23/14

Held in Committee and under submission – 05/23/14

SB 1321 (Calderon)

Peace officers: training: canines.

An act relating to peace officers.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to require the Commission to develop training requirements for peace officers in the humane treatment of canines when encountering canine behavior.

Commission Position: No position

Assignment Date:

With Committee Rules – 
03/17/14

SB 1406 (Wolk)

Correctional Officers: Napa County.

An act to amend Section 831.5 of the Penal Code, relating to correctional officers.

This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change.

Commission Position: No position

Last Amended Date:

Senate Public Safety – 04/22/14

Assembly Public Safety – Hearing Date – 06/10/14

 

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