Perishable Skills Program
The Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau (TDC) is the principal liaison between the Commission and Law Enforcement Agencies, training managers, and Course Presenters. The bureau works with over 700 POST law enforcement presenters, as well as a number of agencies not in the POST program, to certify quality law enforcement training and to ensure the delivery of that training.
Perishable Skills/Communications Requirement for CPT. Effective January 1, 2002, all peace officers (except Reserve officers) below the middle management position and assigned to patrol, traffic, or investigation who routinely effect the physical arrest of criminal suspects are required to complete Perishable Skills and Communications training. In-lieu of completing the training, the requirement may be met by successfully passing a presenter-developed test that measures the approved training objectives.
Perishable Skills training shall consist of a minimum of 12 hours in each two-year period. Of the total 12 hours required, a minimum of 4 hours of each of the three following topical areas shall be completed:
Arrest and Control
Driver Training/Awareness or Driving Simulator*
Tactical Firearms* or Force Options Simulator
*Reference Commission Procedure D-2 for minimum requirements.
Communications training, either tactical or interpersonal, shall consist of a minimum of 2 hours in each two-year period. Reference Commission Procedure D-2 for minimum requirements.
It is recommended that managers and executives complete, within their two-year compliance cycle, two hours of CPT devoted to updates in the perishable skills topical areas enumerated above.
Exemptions: Agencies may request an exemption from all or part of the Perishable Skills and Communications training requirement. Agencies must request an exemption in writing and provide an attestation that their peace officers do not carry firearms, or they infrequently interact with or effect physical arrests of criminal suspects, or do not utilized marked emergency vehicles during normal course of business.
Contacting the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau
The state is divided into ten service areas, each of which is overseen and serviced by a law enforcement training consultant assigned to this bureau. You may reach TDC staff by using POST’s Region Map and Bureau Contact Information.
For additional information, please contact the Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau at (916) 227-4862 or (916) 227-4863.
Regional Skills Training Centers
POST has developed 24 Regional Skills Training Centers (RSTCs) to provide a cost effective way to meet the perishable skills training needs of more than 60,000 sworn officers. Each site is equipped with Law Enforcement Driving Simulators (LEDS), Force Options Simulators (FOS), skid training cars and platforms, training mannequins, computers, LCD projectors and other related training equipment. Implementation costs for each site are about $603,000. Total equipment costs to date are approximately $15,000,000.
The intent of this program is to place an RSTC within one hour's driving time of every California law enforcement agency. In addition to the fixed locations, there are mobile FOS and LEDS systems that take simulation training to agencies located in remote areas of the state. The cost of delivering the training is absorbed by POST through contracts with the presenters. The average tuition for each four-hour course is $79.00.
Studies have shown that incidents involving Perishable Skills make up the majority of law enforcement and civilian deaths, injuries and resulting legal claims. The same studies show that after two years without refresher training, those skills begin to deteriorate. Perishable Skills for peace officers have been identified as driving, tactical firearms, force options, arrest and control, and verbal communications.
The LEDS and FOS provide a series of simulations based on real situations encountered by California peace officers. The officer trainees hone judgment and decision making skills in a safe environment while faced with the distractions (lights, sirens, radio calls, partners, suspects, and citizens) that occur in the real world. The skid car trainers, mannequins, and other equipment focus on psychomotor training.