POST Monthly Report

january 2016

 

POST HOSTS THE MASTER INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSE (MICC), CLASS 9 GRADUATION

In January 2016, nineteen students graduated from the POST Instructor Development Institute (IDI) Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC).  Each graduate has exercised the necessary due diligence required to earn POST certification as a subject matter expert (SME) in curriculum design, development and delivery. 

MICC alumni are eminently more qualified in performing specific instructional jobs, tasks, and skills than instructional training generalists.  MICC graduates have the crucial evidence-based competency to facilitate interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborative dialogues across a wide spectrum of audiences.  They can save agencies valuable time and money because they already possess the validated competency to facilitate the achievement of desired learning outcomes. 

Law enforcement agencies can use MICC graduates in the transfer of training or learning for:  1) technical skill acquisition, 2) knowledge acquisition, and 3) critical thinking and problem solving.  MICC alumni will produce high quality tangible products for the following role functions:

  • Instructor Development 
  • Role Call/Focus Group Facilitator
  • Course Development 
  • Course Coordinators
  • POST Resources 
  • Academy Director Resource
  • Coaching & Mentorship 
  • Leadership Role in Training
  • Role Modeling 
  • Symposium Presenters

Questions about this report may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.

POST PROCEDURAL JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGITIMACY WEBPAGE UPDATE

POST continues to receive a significant volume of inquiry regarding its Procedural Justice and Law Enforcement Legitimacy webpage.  This webpage is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with a centralized information resource, to enhance their anticipatory awareness in making better decisions during simple, complex, complicated and chaotic situations.  Procedural Justice is important because it describes the factors that people key in on to decide if an officers actions are reasonable and equitable.  Research reveals that the four key factors that people care about when interacting with law enforcement personnel are:

  • Voice – Providing opportunity for a person to tell their side of the story,
  • Decision Neutrality – Displaying behavioral indicators that convey impartiality,
  • Treatment with Respect and Dignity – Emphatically explaining rationale justification for contact, and
  • Trust (Legitimacy) – The confident voluntarily compliance with agents of legal authority. 

Questions about the POST “Procedural Justice and Law Enforcement Legitimacy” webpage may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.

NEW LEGISLATION ADDS MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

In October 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., signed into law Senate Bill 11 and Senate Bill 29 addressing peace officer training in the area of Mental Health.  In brief, the new laws mandate additional crisis intervention behavioral health training for law enforcement personnel as follows:

  • Learning Domain 37 Mental Health in the Regular Basic Course shall increase from 6 to 15 hours;
  • Field training officers shall receive 4 hours of mental health training that will be incorporated into the mandated 40-hour Field Training Officer (FTO) Course;
  • In addition to the 4 hours of mental health training in the FTO Course, field training officers assigned or appointed prior to January 1, 2017, must have 8 hours of crisis intervention behavioral health training by June 30, 2017.  Field training officers assigned or appointed after January 1, 2017, must complete the crisis intervention behavioral health training within 180 days of assignment or appointment;
  • Additional mental health training competencies shall be added to the Field Training Program; and
  • POST shall develop and make available a 3-hour course for peace officers at the rank of sergeant and below assigned to patrol duties.

POST Training Program Services Bureau, Basic Training Bureau, and Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau are working in tandem to address the changes and keep the field informed on how these changes will affect law enforcement organizations. 

Additional information will also be available on the POST Mental Health webpage.

Questions about the in-service 3-hour and eight-hour FTO courses may be directed to Senior Consultant Janna Munk, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-0473. 

Questions about the additional content to the Regular Basic Course may be directed to Senior Consultant Michael Barnes, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3454.

Questions about the additional content to the Field Training Program Course may be directed to Senior Consultant Phil Caporale, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-3915.

POST CONDUCTS ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE TRAINING FOR POST PERSONNEL

In January 2016, POST staff presented active shooter training for all its personnel.  The training was presented at POST Headquarters.  Recent school, mall, and other shooting incidents remind us of the need to be prepared for what are referred to as active shooter incidents. 

An active shooter incident is an event in which one or more persons are actively engaging in killing, or attempting to kill people in a populated area.  In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no apparent pattern or method to their selection of victims.  These situations are dynamic and evolve rapidly, with immediate deployment of law enforcement officers to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent people.  Being prepared is a hallmark of an emergency operations plan.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed materials to help people prepare for such incidents. 

POST is particularly appreciative to Bureau Chief Robert Ziglar, Senior Consultant Jeff Dunn, Associate Governmental Program Analyst David Cheng of the Basic Training Bureau, and to Senior Consultant Greg Kyritsis of the Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau, for designing, developing, and delivering the interactive, active shooter training to all POST personnel.

Questions about the active shooter curriculum design, development, and delivery may be directed to Bureau Chief Robert Ziglar, Training Services Bureau, at (916) 227-4829.

POST AND ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER DISCUSS PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCHER COURSES

In January 2016, POST staff and representatives from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Regional Training Center (RTC) convened to discuss RTC’s presentation of the POST, Public Safety Dispatcher Certification course.  The meeting was held at the RTC’s facility located in Dublin, California. 

POST Administrative Manual, Section D-1-5, requires that every California Public Safety Dispatcher complete the POST-certified Public Safety Dispatchers Basic Course.  This course must be completed before or within 12 months after the dispatcher’s date of appointment, promotion, reclassification, or transfer to a public safety dispatcher position; or possess the Public Safety Dispatcher Certificate.  POST Administrative Manual, Regulation 1005 (a), further requires dispatchers to complete a minimum of 24 hours of Continued Professional Training (CPT) every 2 years. 

The collaborative discussion and findings of a Dispatcher Assessment Study revealed the need to continue to develop and make available a course specifically focused for public safety dispatch personnel.

Questions about this meeting may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.

JAIL DEPUTY WORKSHOP

Individuals appointed as deputy sheriffs, pursuant to Penal Code section 830.1(c), are peace officers employed to perform duties exclusively or initially relating to custodial assignments.  These deputies are shown in the POST database as Jail Deputies (JDEP).  Their entry level training requirement is successful completion of the 64 hour minimum PC 832 Course and training specified by the Board of State and Community Corrections.  Jail Deputies being reassigned from custodial duties to general law enforcement duties, pursuant to Penal Code section 830.1(a), shall successfully complete the 664 hour minimum Regular Basic Course (RBC).

Jail Deputies that have completed the RBC, but have not served as 830.1(a) deputies, are subject to the requalification requirement if their reassignment to general law enforcement duties occurs more than 3 years following their completion of the RBC.  The passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1168 gives RBC trained JDEPs an additional 2 years, to be reassigned to an 830.1(a) position before requalification would be required.

On January 27, 2016, POST hosted a Workshop on JDEPs at their West Sacramento office.  An invitation to the workshop was sent to every Sheriff’s Department in the state.  While the focus of the workshop was on departments currently using JDEPs, agencies considering the use of JDEPs, were welcome to attend.

The workshop included a review of the selection and training requirements for JDEPs, the provisions of AB 1168, and the steps necessary to implement them.  The meeting was interactive and resulted in a good exchange of information between POST staff and the participants.

Questions about the appointment of JEPs to general law enforcement assignments or the provisions of AB 1168 may be directed to Senior Consultant Valerie Tanguay, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0472.

POST ATTENDS MEETING AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-SACRAMENTO REGARDING “INTEGRAL JUSTICE” AND “COMMUNITY JUSTICE”

In January 2016, POST staff was invited to attend an exploratory focus group meeting at the California State University-Sacramento campus.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the relevance of two academic frameworks designed to address complex law enforcement challenges.  The two frameworks are:  1) “Integral Justice Leadership,” and 2) “Community Justice.”  Integral justice is based on the philosophy of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory.  The backbone of the model is the idea that an individual’s psychological development can be described as a series of stages.  Each stage being a specific set of mental structures which determine how one reasons, and gives meaning to the world, analogous to Piaget's developmental theory.  The concept of Community Justice emerged out of the 1980’s model of Community Policing.  Community justice focuses on the nuanced methods required to instigate and sustain community engagement, multi-agency collaboration, and problem-solving.  Professor David Cooper from Wisconsin joined the meeting via Skype and discussed his background and orientation to the evolution of “Community Justice.” 

Questions about this meeting may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.

MEET THE NEW COMMISSIONER

Commissioner Geoff LongCommissioner Geoff Long
Public Member

Geoff Long, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  Geoff served as policy director in the Office of Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León from 2014 to November 2015 and was a chief consultant for the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee from 1995 to 2014.  He was chief consultant for the California State Assembly Committee on Budget from 1993 to 1994 and held several positions for the California State Assembly Ways and Means Committee from 1984 to 1993, including chief consultant, principal consultant and senior consultant.  Geoff served as a field representative in the Office of California State Senator Al Alquist from 1983 to 1984.  He was a reporter at the Grand Forks Herald from 1982 to 1983 and a teacher at Bellarmine College Preparatory from 1979 to 1982.  Geoff earned a Master of Arts degree in religious studies from St. John’s University.

Questions about the new POST Commissioner may be directed to Assistant Executive Director Jan Bullard, Executive Office, at (916) 227-2808.

MEET THE NEW POST EMPLOYEE

Marty PiconeSenior Consultant Marty Picone
Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau

POST is pleased to welcome Senior Consultant Marty Picone to the Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau.  Marty's assignment includes conducting management studies, records studies, and property and evidence studies for law enforcement agencies.  Marty also assigned as the coordinator for the Team Building Workshops and the Chief’s Workshops.

Marty is a recent retiree of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department as a sergeant with nearly 26 years of service, to include assignments in custody and patrol as a deputy and sergeant, as well as Homeland Security.  A majority of his law enforcement career, though, was spent in training and development of sheriff’s department personnel, serving as an academy Recruit Training Officer, to include Academy Coordinator, as well as the department’s In-Service Training and EVOC Supervisor.  Marty has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from San Jose State University, is a graduate of POST’s Supervisory Leadership Institute (Class 205) and prior to his formal appointment with POST, served as an advisor on a number of POST’s development projects.

Questions about management studies, Team Building Workshops, or Chief’s Workshops may be directed to Senior Consultant Martin Picone, Management Counseling, Leadership Development Bureau, at (916) 227-3893.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – STATUS OF CURRENT LEGISLATION

The following are bills in Legislative Session 2015-16.  Each bill would have an impact on POST operations, or be of significant interest to law enforcement partners.

Bill # and Author Title and Summary Status of Bill

AB 334

Assembly Member Cooley

Peace Officers: training: profiling of motorcycle riders

This bill that would ensure that the profiling of motorcycle riders is addressed in the California POST Regular Basic Course (RBC – Academy), and offered to law enforcement officers during annual in-service training. This proposed bill provided redundant training. This bill would impose additional requirements and would impose a state-mandated local program is currently unfunded in the proposal.

Introduced Date: 02/13/15

Inactive: Dead pursuant to Article IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution 01/31/16

AB 829

Assembly Member Nazarian

Gangs: shared gang databases

This bill that would require law enforcement to make notification and allow a parent to contest, the adding of a juvenile/adult to a shared gang database. This bill would impose additional requirements and would impose a state-mandated local program is currently unfunded in the proposal.

Introduced Date: 02/26/15

Inactive: Died pursuant to Article IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution 01/31/16

AB 1663

Assembly Member Chiu

Firearms: assault weapons

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 30515 and 30900, and add Section 30902, in substance, to expand the classification of assault weapons to include semiautomatic center fire rifles, which are capable to accepting detachable magazines.

Introduced Date: 01/14/16

AB 1664

Assembly Member Levine and Ting

Firearms: assault weapons

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 30515 and 30900, and add Section 30680, in essence, to define “detachable magazine” and expand the definition of assault weapons.

Introduced Date: 01/14/16

AB 1680

Assembly Member Rodriguez

Crimes: emergency personnel

This bill would amend Section 402 of the Penal Code, to prohibit the operation or use of a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle at the scene of an emergency by non-emergency personnel.

Introduced Date: 01/19/16

AB 1681

Assembly Member Cooper

Smartphones

This bill would add Section 22762 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to smartphones. The Bill would require smartphone manufacturers to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by the manufacturer.

Introduced Date: 01/20/16

AB 1718

Assembly Member Kim

Elder Abuse

This bill would amend existing law that makes it a crime for a person who is not a caretaker to violate specified laws proscribing theft, embezzlement, fraud, or identity theft with respect to the property or identifying information of an elder or dependent adult.  Makes a violation of that provision punishable as a misdemeanor in county jail or as a felony in state prison.

Introduced Date: 01/27/16

AB 1731

Assembly Member Atkins

Human trafficking: Statewide Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force

This bill would add Section 236.13 to the Penal Code, creating the Statewide Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force.  The Task Force would gather statewide data on sex and labor trafficking, sex buys, and human trafficking, and would recommend interagency protocols and best practices for training and outreach to law enforcement.  [POST would be a helpful addition to the Task Force.]

Introduced Date: 01/28/16

SB 690

Senator Stone

Stalking

This bill would amend Penal Code Section 646.9, to expand the definition of stalking to include wilfully, maliciously, and repeatedly tracking a person with an electronic tracking device.

Introduced Date: 02/27/15

Amended in Assembly: 9/11/15

SB 752

Senator Nielsen

Crimes

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 146e, 148, and 244.5, to make convictions against defendants for malicious obstruction punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year; removing an officer’s firearm is a felony punishable by imprisonment in a state prison. 

Introduced Date: 02/27/15

Amended in Senate: 01/04/16

SB 823

Senator Block

Criminal procedure: human trafficking

This bill would amend Penal Code Section 1203.49, to create a presumption that if a defendant were committing ANY offense while he/she were a victim of human trafficking, the defendant is entitled to a presumption the requirements of relief have been met; (among other considerations) the guilty verdict will be set aside.

Introduced Date: 01/06/16

SB 870

Senator Roth

Domestic violence

This bill would make non-substantive edits to Penal Code Section 273.5, relating to domestic violence.

Introduced Date: 01/12/16

SB 876

Senator Liu

Homelessness

This bill would amend Civil Code 11135 and add Section 11139.2 to the Government Code, to expand the current provision to include exclusion or discrimination based upon homeless status.  The bill also proposes to afford person to “the right to rest in public spaces…”  In addition, there is language to authorize civil action relief of damages up to $1,000.00 per violation. 

Introduced Date: 01/14/16

SB 880

Senator Hall

Firearms: assault weapons

This bill would amend Penal Code Sections 30515 and 30900, to revise the definition of “assault weapon” to mean semiautomatic center-fire rifle, or a semiautomatic pistol that does not have a fixed magazine.

Introduced Date: 01/15/16

SB 894

Senator Jackson

Firearms: lost or stolen: reports

This bill would require every person who owns a firearm to report the theft or loss to local law enforcement within 5 days.

Introduced Date: 01/21/16

 The POST Monthly Report is a monthly status report that informs POST Commissioners and the California law enforcement community of recent progress on POST projects and instructional programs under development, and other information of importance to our mission to continually enhance the professionalism of California law enforcement.

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