"Upon the request of a local jurisdiction, the commission shall provide a counseling service to such local jurisdiction for the purpose of improving the administration, management or operations of a police agency and may aid such jurisdiction in implementing improved practices and techniques." Section 13513 Penal Code
The Management Counseling Services Bureau (MCB) provides many services to local law enforcement agencies to improve the quality of police services at each level of the organization. These services include Management Studies, Peace Officer Feasibility Studies, Team Building Workshops, and Field Management Training. The Bureau also conducts research, provides advice to clients over the telephone, prepares POST publications (e.g., the "Law Enforcement Records Management Guide" and the "Law Enforcement Property and Evidence Management Guide"), and coordinates special projects.
MCB Programs and Services
Management studies are conducted at the request of a local agency executive. A typical study focuses on organizational structure, property system, patrol workload and staffing, or records systems. Guidelines for requesting management counseling services can be found in Commission Procedure G-1, POST Administrative Manual.
Peace Officer Feasibility Studies
Only the Legislature can grant peace officer authority or a change in peace officer status or designation. Before legislators consider such a request, POST must conduct a peace officer feasibility study to determine whether peace officer status or a change in peace officer status or designation is justified for the position under consideration. The requesting person(s)/agency agrees to pay the cost of the study. Procedures regarding peace officer feasibility studies can be found in Commission Regulation 1019 (pdf), POST Administrative Manual.
Field Management Training
Local agencies sometimes encounter administrative, management, or operational problems or projects for which no formal training is available. Through Field Management Training, POST provides financial assistance for local agency personnel to visit sites within California and observe outstanding programs or receive on-the-job training. Information gathered during these visits is maintained at POST and is shared with agencies facing similar challenges. Information about field management training can be found in Commission Procedure D-9, POST Administrative Manual.
Team Building Workshop Program
For more than 40 years, the Team Building Workshop Program has provided specialized consultant services to assist the management team of a local agency with planning, problem solving, goal setting, or team building. Agencies may apply for a team building workshop once every two years. Applications are accepted beginning May 1 of each year, and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 65 agencies receive POST-sponsored Team Building Workshops each year.
The Management Counseling Services Bureau produces and maintains the Law Enforcement Evidence/Property Management Guide and the Law Enforcement Records Management Guide. The guides are based on national best practices and input from subject-matter experts in the areas of evidence/property and law enforcement records.