POST Monthly Report

January 2014
 

NEW DID YOU KNOW VIDEO FEATURES COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS

It takes courage to confront a partner about bad driving habits.  It’s much easier to just hope for change.  The newly released Did You Know video recognizes the difficulty in speaking out against bad driving and encourages officers of any tenure or rank to understand how confronting others can save lives.

The Did You Knows are 30-60-second video spots that deliver a strong training message in a quick and dynamic way.  This is one of several messages from the Safe Driving Campaign spearheaded by POST.

“Did You Know – Conversations” can be viewed on the main POST Website under the Safe Driving Videos or on the Learning Portal under “What’s New”.

For more information regarding the Did You Know program contact Jan Bullard, Assistant Executive Director, Executive Office at (916) 227-2808.


POST PROFILE REQUESTS

POST’s Administrative Services Bureau (ASB) provides POST Profiles to current, former, and retired peace officers or non-sworn employees, and to third-party requesters such as background investigators and out-of-state agencies.

A POST Profile is a record of an individual’s POST-certified training, employment history, professional certificates awarded by POST, and education and training points.  A profile is usually requested by the individual, an individual’s agency, or an agency for use in the background investigation hiring process (both in California and nationwide).  The Profile is used for verification of education, training, and employment history.

POST-participating agencies have access to POST Profiles through the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system and can request a Profile for their current employees through their own agency’s EDI representative.

Individuals can request a copy of their own POST Profile by submitting a signed POST Profile Request form, POST 2-126 (Rev 05/2011), to POST via  U.S. mail, fax, or email.  The POST Profile Request form may be downloaded from the POST Website.  Instructions are included on the form.  ASB is updating the current request form and anticipates its release within the next few months.

Third-party requesters must also submit a POST Profile Request form or a letter signed by the requester, on agency letterhead, containing the subject’s information (e.g., full name, DOB, and POST ID).  A release form, signed by the subject allowing the release of confidential information to the requester, must accompany the request form or letter.

There were 3,800 Profiles processed in 2013, an average of about 317 Profiles each month, which is over 30 per month more than in 2012.  January was the busiest month of 2013, with 400 Profiles processed.  This was due in part to many people attempting to register for an upcoming requalification course. September and December had the least number of Profiles processed in 2013, with 260 Profiles each.

Questions about POST Profile Requests may be directed to the Administrative Services Bureau, at (916) 227-3891 or by email at profilerequests@post.ca.gov.


BASIC COURSE ONGOING TEST DEVELOPMENT

In collaboration with Basic Training Bureau’s work with subject matter experts (SMEs) to revise the LD 25 and 28 workbooks, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau staff met with both groups to develop new questions and revise usable items.  All items were reviewed and edited by the test panel, entered into TMAS, and used to create new tests.  These tests will be ready for implementation on February 1, 2014.  Related test questions have also been updated in the end-of-course test forms.  Previous versions of these tests will be archived immediately following delivery of the new test forms.

Questions about Basic Course Test Development can be directed to Diane Hrepich, Sr. Personnel Selection Consultant Supervisor, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4831.


LEARNING TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ADVISORY COUNCIL (LTRAC) UPDATES

The Learning Technology Resources Bureau, which encompasses POST’s Learning Portal and Video programs, enlisted the input of its Advisory Council on various products and policies at its annual meeting in Sacramento.  Some highlights of the meeting included the following:

  • Demonstrations of various new LTR products:
     
  1. Investigation Tool – an app for detectives on the investigation process;
  2. MediaBytes – an app to provide mobile access to POST’s short videos;
  3. IPAT – a tool to help agencies assess their preparedness for major incidents and disasters;
  4. “Conversations” – the new Did You Know for POST’s Safe Driving Campaign; and
  5. “Dispatcher Stress” - a Did You Know highlighting the need to make sure dispatchers are aware of the resources available to them.
     
  • Updates on the following products:
     
  1. Training Videos –  topics under development include Stress Management, Human Trafficking, Bias-Based Policing, Initial Response to Critical Incidents, and Surviving Deadly Assaults;
  2. Case Law Today and Legal Update – reorganization of Case Law Today videos on the Learning Portal along with search and tracking ability; and
  3. Dispatch Center – adaptation of this same feature specifically for Training Managers.
     
  • Learning Portal – Learning Portal Administrator, the ability to assign training to users, and the addition of a new media player to accommodate mobile devices.
     
  • Issues to be addressed:
     
  1. Marketing of all LTR products; and
  2. Adding two people from a younger demographic to the LTRAC. To suggest names, contact Jan Myyra at the number/address below.


Questions or comments about the Learning Technology Resources Advisory Council, or any of the products mentioned, may be directed to Jan Myyra, Supervisor, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-4550.

PHYSICAL TRAINING AND TESTING PROJECT

In 2008, Strategic Plan Objective A.3 directed POST staff to research and develop a physical abilities assessment test for entry into basic academies.  Initial work on this project uncovered a lack of uniformity in the way that physical abilities were trained in the basic academies.  This issue prevented POST staff from creating a psychometrically sound criterion against which to validate any pre-academy physical abilities assessment. To correct this issue, POST staff began a multi-year project to revise the POST basic academy physical conditioning program to make it uniform and up to date.  The development project was completed in early 2012 and the corresponding instructor training course was completed by the end of 2012.  Basic academies then began implementing the revised physical fitness training program.  With this extensive background work completed, the project to develop a pre-academy physical assessment test can recommence.

The Physical Training (PT) Project has three broad, long-range goals:  (a) to develop a pre-academy fitness assessment test, (b) to review and update the physical tasks job analysis, and (c) to update the Basic Academy Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB).  Standards, Evaluation, and Research (SER) Bureau staff is reaching out to subject matter experts and academy directors/coordinators on the direction of the first phase of this project, developing a pre-academy physical fitness test.  A survey of current academy practices related to pre-academy physical abilities testing is being developed.  SER staff is also attending PT-related instructor training courses.  A project kickoff meeting is planned for late spring.

Questions about the Physical Training Project may be directed to Dottie Ronan, Sr. Law Enforcement Consultant, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4826; or to Chau Chan, Sr. Personnel Selection Consultant, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4836.


MEET THREE NEW POST COMMISSIONERS

COMMISSIONER Joyce Dudley
Santa Barbara District Attorney

Commissioner Joyce DudleyJoyce Dudley began her career in the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office in 1990.  She was elected District Attorney in 2010.  Joyce joined the District Attorney’s office after obtaining two Masters Degrees in Education and having a successful career as an Educational Administrator.  Joyce has prosecuted well over one thousand cases and received numerous awards for her outstanding performance and volunteer activities from law enforcement and community organizations.  Since becoming District Attorney, she has implemented significant organizational changes as well as created programs and criminal task forces including Arson, Anti-Animal Abuse, and Human Trafficking, while expanding the Vulnerable Victims, Gang, and White Collar Units.  Joyce has also added a Canine Companion program, a Truancy Program, and a misdemeanor diversion program.

COMMISSIONER Laren Leichliter
Deputy, San Bernardino County

Commissioner Laren LeichliterLaren Leichliter has served as a deputy sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since 1994.  He has had many details including the jails, Court Services, and Twin Peaks and Highland city stations patrol deputy.  He has been the current President of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association since 2011.

 


COMMISSIONER Jethroe Moore
Public Member, San Jose

Commissioner MooreRev. Jethroe (Jeff) Moore II received an Associate of Arts Degree from Evergreen Valley College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible and Theology, Management, and Ethics from San Jose Christian College.  He serves as President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  He served on the Independent Police Auditor Committee (Past), San Jose Police Department Community Advisory Board in 2012; and the Santa Clara County Court Community Leadership and Liaison Program; and is a Graduate of Class 12 of the Northern California FBI Citizens Academy.


Questions about the three new POST Commissioners may be directed to Stephanie Scofield, Assistant Executive Director, Executive Office, at (916) 227-2809.


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 Position Status of Bill
AB 25 - Campos

Employment: social media.

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

This bill would prohibit both public and private employers from requiring or requesting an employee (or prospective employee) to disclose their private username or password for the purpose of employers accessing social media accounts. Specifically, the bill defines "employer" as the state, a city, a county, a city and county, or a district.

Commission Position: Opposed

Last Amended Date:

Senate Appropriation Committee - 05/01/13

SB 663 - Lara

Crimes: persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

An act to amend Sections 1048.1, 1050, and 13515.30 of, and to add Section 13519.06 to the Penal Code, relating to crime.

The bill would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to update training regarding the investigation of crimes against or involving individuals with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, cognitive impairments, and communication impairments.

Commission Position: Neutral

Last Amended Date:

Assembly Appropriations Committee -- 01/27/14

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