POST Monthly Report

march 2015

AB 109 – REALIGNMENT VIDEO ON POST WEBSITE

POST is pleased to announce the Assembly Bill (AB) 109 – Realignment Video is now available.  For convenience, the video can be watched in segments and is available to view on the POST Website.

Since enacted, AB 109 has provided opportunities for agencies to address processes regarding incarceration, release, and rehabilitation of the criminal population. Realignment provided counties with funds and support to develop effective release strategies and resources to reduce recidivism, thereby making our communities safer.

This video provides the history of realignment, clarifies the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies, and highlights successful processes and programs.  It was developed with statewide subject matter experts (SMEs) representing city and county law enforcement, parole, probation, legal services, and in collaboration with Governor Brown’s Administration.

Questions about the AB 109 – Realignment Video may be directed to Senior Consultant Larry Ellsworth, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-4895.


UPDATING LEARNING DOMAIN 37 – PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

During March 2015, the Basic Training Bureau hosted a Learning Domain (LD) 37 (People with Disabilities) workshop in Sacramento to review the Training and Testing Specifications, and to identify gaps or additional content needed to enhance the training on mental health and de-escalation techniques.  The workgroup consisted of Subject Matter Experts such as basic academy directors, academy instructors, mental health advocates, and representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS).  The next workshop (April 21-23) will include an attorney representing Disability Rights of California and subsequent workshops will review the LD 37 workbook.

Questions about LD 37 may be directed to Senior Consultant Ralph Brown, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 215-4190, or to Senior Consultant Janna Munk, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4277.


CITY OF STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA SELECTED AS PART OF FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INITIATIVE STUDY

In March 2015, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder named the City of Stockton, California, as one of six pilot sites for an initiative to build law enforcement/community trust and reduce racial bias.  The other selected cities are Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The announcement came six months after Attorney General Holder revealed the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting last August.

As part of the $4.75M project, researchers will study data and conduct interviews to develop plans for curbing bias and strategies for building trust between residents and law enforcement.  Separately, the Department of Justice said it would offer extra training and help to other communities that are not part of the project.  The training addresses President Obama’s "My Brother's Keeper" initiative aimed at minority men.  The initiative is consistent with the intent of the POST Commission to develop informational material to better inform the law enforcement community of procedural justice and law enforcement legitimacy practices.

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


NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UPDATE COURSE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE POST LEARNING PORTAL

Domestic violence calls are among the most frequent issues that law enforcement officers address.  These calls are complex, emotionally-charged, and dangerous.  In addition, laws relating to domestic violence may change, and training for officers must be updated accordingly.

“Domestic Violence Response” - the newest course on the Learning Portal - puts officers in domestic violence situations, challenging them to use their skills in handling these calls.  Course progress is saved so that users can exit and return to complete the scenarios over multiple sessions.  The course has also been designed so that, over time, new scenarios or resources can be added to reflect updates to legislation or to POST’s Guidelines for Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence.

Developed with the expertise of domestic violence specialists throughout California, this course is free to POST agencies.  The course also meets the legislative mandate for biennial Domestic Violence Update training (PC 13519), and two hours of Continuing Professional Training (CPT) credit is awarded upon completion.

Questions about the “Domestic Violence Response” course may be directed to Senior Instructional Designer Catherine Bacon, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-4546.


MASTER INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING NEEDS ASSESSMENT COURSE

In March 2015, POST staff attended a three-day “Orientation and Assessment Workshop” for the Master Instructor Certification and Training Needs Assessment (TNA) course.  The meeting was held at the Courtyard Marriott in Sacramento.

The workshop is designed to provide the candidate with clarity on the overall Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC) process, and prepare them for the TNA process.  One of the important aspects of this workshop is ensuring the candidate fully understands the expectations of the program, and a determination is made regarding the student's suitably for successfully completing the program.

During this workshop, students began work on what will be a TNA document in support of their learning project.  The learning project will minimally consist of a 24-hour course of instruction that the student designs, develops, and delivers while being supported by a Total Training Package.

Questions about the Orientation and Assessment Workshop may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.


POST MEETS WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOLDEN WEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE

During March 2015, POST staff met with representatives from Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, California.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the spectrum of community policing movements.  Much of the discussion emphasized the changing role of law enforcement from static, reactive, incident-driven to a dynamic, open, and quality-oriented partnership with the community.  The primary focus of the discussions was on identifying the benefits of presenting academy recruits with training in procedural justice and police legitimacy, and fair and impartial policing methodologies.

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


ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

In March 2015, POST staff attended the “Adaptive Leadership Symposium” in Long Beach, California.  The purpose of the meeting was to introduce adaptive leadership concepts to a coalition of Los Angeles Unified School District principals.

Approximately ten facilitators from the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) were invited to attend the meeting due to their extensive expertise in facilitating adaptive leadership training to first-line law enforcement supervisors in California.  The key note speaker for this event was Marty Linsky, co-author of “Leadership on the Line,” and Kendall Zoller, co-author of “The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters.”

POST is evaluating the integration of adaptive leadership principals into current and future courses.

Questions about the Adaptive Leadership Symposium may be directed to Senior Consultant Charles Evans, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-4432.


POST WELCOMES MASTER INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSE SESSION NO. 9

In March, Training Program Services Bureau hosted the POST Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC), Session No. 9.  The class toured the new POST facility and received an in-depth orientation regarding the research assets available through the POST Research Resource Library.

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


MEET THE NEW POST EMPLOYEE

Wendy RobersonAssociate Governmental Program Analyst Wendy Roberson
Administrative Services Bureau

POST is pleased to welcome Wendy Roberson as the POST Contracts Officer to the Administrative Services Bureau.  Wendy’s duties consist of managing and tracking contracts.

Wendy began her state service in 1993 at the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, working as an Office Assistant.  She soon received a promotion and left to work at the Board of Pharmacy.  In 1995, she left state service briefly to have her first child; but, shortly returned in 1996 to work at CalRecycle.  After an eighteen-year tenure, and 3 promotions later, she said good-bye to long-time friends and co-workers to become the Contracts Officer for POST.

Questions about contracts may be directed to Contracts Officer Wendy Roberson, Administrative Services Bureau, at (916) 227-3937.

 

 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – STATUS OF CURRENT LEGISLATION

The following are bills in Legislative Session 2014-15.  Each bill is being analyzed to determine its affect on law enforcement training.

Bill # and Author Title, Summary, and Commission Positions Status of Bill

AB 334 (Cooley)

Peace officers: training: profiling of motorcycle riders.

This bill would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to address the profiling of motorcycle riders in the regular basic course (RBC) and offer training to law enforcement officers in conjunction with existing training regarding profiling.

“For purposes of this section, ‘profiling of motorcycle riders’ means using the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle paraphernalia as a factor, without any individualized suspicion of the particular person, in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle, with or without legal basis under the California Constitution or the United States Constitution.”

Last Amended Date:

04/07/15

 

 

AB 546 (Gonzalez)

Peace officers: basic training requirements.

Existing law provides that a probation department that is a certified provider of the PC 832 course shall not be required to offer the course to the general public.

This bill would authorize a probation department to apply to either the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training or the Board of State and Community Corrections to become a certified provider of the PC 832 course for the purpose of training probation officers.

Introduced Date:

02/23/15

AB 1118 (Bonta)

Peace Officer Standards and Training: procedural justice.

This bill would require the Commission to develop and maintain a course on Procedural Justice as part of continuing professional training.  As currently written, every municipal police officer and deputy sheriff at a supervisory level or below who is assigned to field or investigative duties must complete the procedural justice training.

Last Amended Date:

03/26/15

AB 1227 (Cooper)

Peace officer: mental health training.

This bill would require the Commission, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, to study and submit a report to the Legislature, on or before December 31, 2017, that assesses the status of continuing professional training course(s) relating to law enforcement interaction with mentally disabled and developmentally disabled persons living within state mental hospitals or state developmental centers.

This bill would also require the Commission, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, to study and submit a report to the Legislature, on or before December 31, 2017, that assesses the status of instruction in the regular basic course in the handling of persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness.

Both reports shall assess whether the courses covers all appropriate topics, and shall identify areas where additional training may be needed.

Last Amended Date:

03/26/15

SB 11 (Beall)

Peace officer training: mental health.

This bill would require POST to include 20 hours of evidence-based behavioral health training and “instructor-led active learning, such as scenario-based training,” in the regular basic course (RBC), in addition to the RBC’s current hour requirement, to train officers how to recognize, deescalate, and refer persons who are in crisis due to a mental illness or an intellectual disability.

The bill would also require POST to establish and keep updated an evidence-based behavioral health training course, that is a minimum of 4 consecutive hours, as part of its perishable skills/continuing professional training (CPT) requirement.  This course would be “required in each 4-year period for perishable skills training.”

Last Amended Date:

03/23/15

SB 29 (Beall)

Peace officer training: mental health.

This bill would require field training officers who provide instruction in the field training program to have 40 hours of evidence-based behavioral health training to de-escalate situations where officers confront persons with mental illness or intellectual disability.

The bill would also require “a 20-hour evidence-based behavioral health training course relating to law enforcement interaction with persons with mental illness or intellectual disability to be completed during the employing department’s field training and probationary period, but in no case later than 24 months after the employee’s appointment as an officer.”

Last Amended Date:

03/23/15

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