UPDATE OF PEACE OFFICER JOB ANALYSIS
Staff continues the effort of updating the entry-level peace officer job analysis. POST staff has completed 20 site visits of various law enforcement agencies throughout California by “shadowing” and interviewing peace officers as they performed their daily duties.
Utilizing the information collected from the site visits, a meeting was held with subject-matter experts (SMEs) during November, in Anaheim. Officers with less than five years of experience participated as SMEs in order to maintain the integrity of the entry-level peace officer perspective.
The SMEs reviewed, refined, and created task statements that will be included in the online job analysis survey. In addition, the SMEs reviewed knowledge statements and linked each one to a respective task.
The next workshop will be held in San Rafael on December 10 – 12, 2013. This workshop will continue to focus on the review of knowledge statements and linking to respective tasks.
Interest in sending officers with less than five years of experience to a workshop, or questions about the Peace Officer Job Analysis Project may be directed to Senior Personnel Selection Consultant Irene Wong-Chi, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4835; or Senior Personnel Selection Consultant Tammura Brown, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-2810.
UPDATE OF THE EVIDENCE & PROPERTY ROOM MANAGEMENT COURSE
Staff and subject-matter experts are working to revise the current 24-hour Evidence & Property Room Management Course, in order to maintain congruence with the guidelines and national best practices described in the POST Evidence & Property Management Guide (2013).
This course has been developed for evidence/property managers and technicians, and for law enforcement supervisors and managers overseeing evidence and property functions. The course is designed to educate trainees on best practices regarding the evidence and property function, specifically in the areas of organization, documentation, security, storage and handling, audits/inventories/inspections, and disposition/purging. Understanding the rationale behind the establishment of the POST guidelines can aid the students in effectively managing evidence and property functions, and reduce the chances for liability to their respective agencies.
POST conducted a four-day workshop for the revision in October 2013, and is concluding with a four-day workshop in November 2013. The update of the course is expected to be completed by January 2014.
Questions about the project may be directed to Senior Consultant Don Shingara, Management Counseling Services Bureau, at (916) 227-2510.
DEVELOPMENT OF ENTRY-LEVEL DISPATCHER SELECTION TEST BATTERY ONLINE PROCTOR TRAINING
In November, staff met with Digital Outpost, a contracted vendor, and subject-matter experts to review initial concepts to automate proctor training. This training will be required for anyone with access to the Entry-Level Dispatcher test battery.
The development of online proctor training will protect POST’s substantial investment in testing by providing user agencies with up-to-date information on how POST’s exams must be handled, stored, and used. It also will allow cost savings to the field, prevent test security breaches, and ensure standardized treatment of candidates throughout the state.
Questions about the online proctor training may be directed to Personnel Selection Consultant Tammura Brown, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-2810.