Management Studies Offered

Evidence and Property Function: 

This study involves a review and analysis of an agency’s evidence and property function, including the following:  a review of agency written directives, organization, personnel, training, documentation and forms, safety, security, storage, evidence and property handling procedures, audits, inventories, inspections, and evidence and property disposition and purging.  The results/findings of the evidence and property function study will be documented in a written report that will be submitted to the agency head.

Organizational Structure/Staffing:

This study involves a review of the organizational structure of an agency, including the following:  divisional arrangement of the agency, management staffing patterns, operational span of control, staffing allocations, and workload responsibilities.  The results of the review will be documented in a written report that will be submitted to the agency head.

Patrol Workload and Staffing Allocation:

This study involves a quantitative and qualitative review of an agency’s patrol workloads to determine the appropriate number of officers needed to handle calls for service, and also to determine the best deployment of patrol staff for the agency.  The results of the study and relevant recommendations for change will be documented in a written report that will be submitted to the agency head.

Communications Dispatch Function:

This study involves a review and analysis of an agency’s communications/dispatch function, including the following:  a review of dispatch-related workload indicators, training, staffing allocation, scheduling, equipment and technology, and general operations.  The results of this study will be documented in a written report that will be submitted to the agency head.

Records Function:

This study involves a review and analysis of an agency’s records function, including the following:  a review of records function workload indicators, compliance with applicable law, organizational processing of records, training, staffing allocation, confidentiality and release of information, statistical reporting, records retention and purging, automation of records, and general operations.  The results of this study will be documented in a written report that will be submitted to the agency head.

Criminal Investigations Function:

This study involves a review of an agency’s criminal investigations function, including the following:  staffing allocation, training, available technology, and case management from determining solvability factors, to case assignment, through appropriate follow-up, until case closure.  Recommendations will be documented in a written report that will be submitted to the agency head.

Selected Counseling:

Selected Counseling consists of formal or informal discussions or conferences between administrators of an agency and POST staff in order to provide advice regarding a specific aspect/function of an agency.  The counseling may be provided with or without the preparation of a written report.  This study is usually designed to meet the special or emergency needs of a law enforcement agency.

Other:

An agency head may request any management counseling study by POST that is not addressed in the list of studies previously defined above.  The agency may request the study, specifying the scope of the study requested.  This request will be reviewed and considered by the POST Executive Director, who will either approve or deny the request based on staffing availability and topic expertise at POST.  If approved, the results of the study will be documented in a written report that will be submitted to the agency head.

To Request a POST Management Study:

Guidelines for requesting management counseling services can be found in Commission Procedure G-1, POST Administrative Manual.

  1. Download the Sample Request Letter for POST Management Counseling (doc)
  2. Complete a hard copy of the Sample Request Letter for POST Management Counseling (doc)
  3. Obtain the appropriate signatures from  agency and city/county administration
  4. Mail the completed document to the POST Executive Director

    Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
    Manuel Alvarez Jr., Executive Director
    860 Stillwater Road, Suite 100
    West Sacramento, CA 95605
     
  5. Within 2 weeks of receipt of the request, a confirmation letter from MCLD Bureau Chief, Don Shingara will be sent.