POST Monthly Report

march 2016

 

POST RECEIVES AWARD FROM PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCHER ASSOCIATIONS

Left to right: Desi Calzada, Rayanne Rogers, & Jim Bare

At the annual APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) Western Regional Conference, held in March 2016, POST received recognition for its engagement and commitment to public safety dispatchers.  POST has made a significant push in recent years to develop training for dispatchers in many forms including classroom, online, and video.  To acknowledge POST’s commitment to this endeavor, Desi Calzada, CSU East Bay Police Department, and Jim Bare, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, representatives from Northern California APCO and Southern California CPRA (California Public-Safety Radio Association) respectively, presented the award saying, “POST has always been dutiful of its responsibility and California dispatchers have benefited from its continuous guidance….from establishing and continuing the POST Dispatch Advisory Council, to updating curriculum, to creating training videos, an online community, and online training.”  

Rayanne Rogers, who manages the Learning Portal Dispatch Center and the forthcoming online course on dispatch radio technology, accepted the award on behalf of POST.

Questions about this award or dispatch-related products on the Learning Portal may be directed to Senior Instructional Designer Rayanne Rogers, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-3912.


NEW!  POST WEB RESOURCES PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING OF SENATE BILLS 11 AND 29; PEACE OFFICER MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

POST has created a Mental Health Training and Resources webpage and a Crisis Intervention Behavioral Health Training webpage in response to Senate Bills 11 and 29 with easy to understand resources.  The webpages detail the impact of Senate Bills 11 and 29 on the Regular Basic Course and the Field Training Program, the criteria and hours for new courses, timelines, POST’s goals and actions taken to help agencies meet these new mandates. 

Questions about the mental health training may be directed to Senior Consultant Janna Munk, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 227-0473.


SECURITY AGREEMENT UPDATED FOR THE POST ENTRY-LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT TEST BATTERY

Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau Test Orders staff have completed an update of the security agreement for the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).  Important changes include the following:

  1. The Security agreement will be valid for one year and will need to be signed in the first quarter of each calendar year by the agency head or person responsible for selecting and hiring applicants for the agency.
  2. Any agency staff member who is to have access to confidential test materials, including proctoring the exam, will need to be classified as a “designee.”  Attachment A of the 2016 Security agreement is a list of agency designees.  This is a new attachment to the security agreement for 2016.  The primary contact for the agency must complete the list of designees and send it along with the signed security agreement to the SERB Test Orders staff.  
  3. Each agency will have one designee authorized to be the primary contact with POST.
  4. Whenever there is a change to the designee list, the agency primary contact must send an updated list (Attachment A) to POST.
  5. Before any agency staff can be trained as a test proctor, their name must appear on the designee list (Attachment A).
  6. Designees will each need to read the security agreement and sign Attachment B.  This is renamed for 2016 (formerly Attachment A).  This signature indicates that the designee agrees to follow all of the security-related rules described in the security agreement.
  7. Any designee who wishes to take the PELLETB to become a peace officer must wait for one year after their security agreement expires before they are eligible to take the exam.
  8. No person will be allowed to retest within 30 calendar days from the date of an examination.  This rule remains unchanged for 2016.
  9. In the event any test materials supplied by POST should become involved in legal proceedings filed against the Examining Agency or its personnel, the Examining Agency shall immediately notify POST.  No confidential test materials, including any test questions, shall be disclosed to anyone, unless ordered by the court and only with the prior consent of POST.

Agencies can download the 2016 Security agreement.  Signed agreements are due back at POST by May 1, 2016.  

Questions about the new security agreement may be directed to Bureau Chief Kate Singer, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4832; or Standards and Evaluation Manager Bob Holmgren, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4830.


PROCEDURAL JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGITIMACY, TRAIN-THE-TRAINER COURSE

During February 2016, the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), California Department of Justice (DOJ); and command staff from the Stockton Police Department and the Oakland Police Department convened.  The purpose of the meeting, was to dialogue the creation of a train-the-trainer course, to compliment DOJ’s, existing POST-certified course on procedural justice and law enforcement legitimacy.  POST will be assisting DOJ in the development of this course that will emphasize an in-depth understanding of the procedural justice curriculum, cognitive scaffolding, analytical rigor, and core principles.  The proposed course will amplify the instructor’s tacit knowledge and capability necessary to competently guide law enforcement officers understanding, in methodologies to incorporate procedural justice core principles into organizational decision-making, policies and procedures.  The curriculum will also enhance instructor’s ability to be agile and artfully guide users regarding procedural justice implementation considerations and strategies to raise their awareness.

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


POST PRESENTS AT CALIFORNIA POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL TRAINING SYMPOSIUM

In March 2016, Bureau Chief Kate Singer and Senior Research Specialist Shelley Spilberg provided a presentation at the annual training symposium of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) entitled “POST Peace Officer Selection Standards: The Chief's Role and Responsibilities in Ensuring Compliance.”  As indicated in the title, the presentation discussed the rights and responsibilities of the hiring authority in overseeing peace officer selection, including issues, such as, sharing information among background investigators, psychologists, hiring authorities and others; the chief’s role in the selection and training of screening psychologists; and using the POST Background Investigation and Psychological Screening Dimensions in communicating screening concerns and criteria with the background investigator and the psychologist, and for them, in turn, to discuss their findings with the hiring authority.

An annotated copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the POST Website.  

Questions about the annual training symposium may be directed to Bureau Chief Kate Singer, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4832; or Senior Research Specialist Shelley Spilberg, Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau, at (916) 227-4824.


TRAINING MANAGERS COURSE PRESENTED IN WINDSOR

In March 2016, 28 students attended the 24-hour Training Managers Course presented by Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center.  The course is designed for newly assigned training managers.  Topics included developing a training plan, liability issues, and management of training records.  Additionally, POST staff presented information on the POST Website, the Learning Portal and training videos, course certification, POST regulations, and agency compliance inspections.

Please contact Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center at (707) 836-2912 to register for the next course which is scheduled for June 7-9, 2016.

Questions about the course may be directed to Senior Consultant Karen Lozito, Training Delivery and Compliance Bureau, at (916) 227-0471.

 

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 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 of accepting detachable magazines.

Introduced Date: 01/14/16

Referred to Committee on Appropriations on 03/01/16

AB 1664
Assembly Members 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

Referred to Committee on Appropriations on 03/01/16

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

Referred to Committee on Appropriations on 03/28/16

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 smartphones to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by the manufacturer.

Introduced Date: 01/20/16

Referred to Committee on Privacy on 03/28/16 for amendments

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

Referred to Committee on Higher Education on 03/28/16

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.

Introduced Date: 01/28/16

Referred to Committee on Appropriations on 03/28/16

AB 1940
Assembly Member
Cooper

Peace Officer: body-worn cameras: policies and procedures

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish policies and procedures to address issues related to peace officers’ use of body-worn cameras.

Introduced Date: 02/12/16

Referred to Committee on Public Safety on 03/28/16

AB 2327
Assembly Member Cooley

Contacting or communicating with a minor

This bill would make it a crime to contact or communicate with a minor, or attempt to contact or communicate with a minor, as specified, with the intent to commit human trafficking of, or unlawful sexual intercourse with, the minor.

Introduced Date: 02/18/16

Referred to Committee on Public Safety on 03/28/16 with amendments

AB 2361
Assembly Member Santiago

 

Peace Officers: independent institutions of higher education

This bill would authorize an independent institution of higher education, as defined, to designate a person regularly employed as a security officer as a peace officer during the course of and within the scope of his or her employment, as specified, provided that the person successfully complete the course of training.

Introduced Date: 02/18/16

Referred to Committee on Public Safety on 03/03/16

AB 2611
Assembly Member Low

The California Public Records Act: exemptions

This bill would amend Penal Code Section 6254 (CPRA), to expand the exemption of disclosure to include investigatory or security audio or video recordings.  The bill would exempt from disclosure any audio or video recording depicting the death or serious bodily injury of a peace officer.

Introduced Date: 02/19/16

Referred to Committee on Judiciary on 03/17/16

AB 2724
Assembly Member Gatto

 

Unmanned aircrafts: liability of first responders

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature is to enact legislation that would provide immunity for first responders who damage or destroy drones that interfere with emergency operations.

Introduced Date: 02/19/16

Referred to Committee on Privacy & Consumer Protection on 03/28/16

SB 690
Senator Stone

Stalking

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

Introduced Date: 02/27/15

Referred to Committee on Privacy & Consumer Protection on 09/11/15

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

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety on 04/12/16

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

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety on 04/05/16

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

Referred to Committee on Transportation & Housing on 03/28/16

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

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety on 03/28/16 for 2nd reading

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 five days.

Introduced Date: 01/21/16

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety, hearing  on 04/05/16

SB 1200
Senator Jackson

Peace Officer Standards and Training: domestic violence: animal cruelty

This bill would require the course of basic training for law enforcement officers on domestic violence to include adequate instruction on the seriousness of animal cruelty and its link to violence against humans.

Introduced Date: 02/18/16

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety, hearing on 04/12/16

SB 1221
Senator Hertzberg

Firefighters: interaction with mentally disabled persons

This bill would authorize POST to make the mental health training currently available to peace officers available to firefighters and fire departments.

Introduced Date: 02/18/16

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety, hearing on 04/12/16

SB 1286
Senator Leno

 

Peace officers: records of misconduct

This bill would amend the Evidence, Government, and Penal Codes to authorize a municipality or local public agency that employs peace officers or custodial officers to hear and adjudicate administrative appeals in hearings open to the public.  Some or all of the documents would be available for public inspection.

Introduced Date: 02/19/16

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety, hearing on 04/12/16

SB 1289
Senator Lara

Criminal Justice: Immigration

This bill would prohibit the board of supervisors or sheriff of a county or a legislative body or chief of police of a city or a city and county from entering into or renewing a contract to detain immigrants for profit, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, with a private corporation, contractor, or vendor.

Introduced Date: 02/19/16

Referred to Senate Judiciary on 03/03/16

 

SB 1334
Senator Stone

Crime reporting: health practitioners: human trafficking

This bill would require a health care practitioner who provides medical services to a patient who discloses he/she has been the victim of assaultive/abusive conduct including human trafficking, to make a report to law enforcement.

Introduced Date: 02/19/16

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety, hearing on 03/28/16 for 2nd reading

SB 1446
Senator Hancock

 

Firearms: magazine capacity

This bill would among other things, amend several Penal Code sections (e.g., 32310, 32400, and 32405, etc.) changing the penalties for a person in possession of a large capacity magazine, effective July 1, 2017.

Introduced Date: 02/19/16

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety, hearing on 03/28/16 for 2nd reading

SB 1462
Senator Huff

Vehicles: driving under the influence: drug testing

This bill would amend Vehicle Code Section 23612 and would authorize an officer to use a preliminary oral fluid screening test to establish reasonable cause to believe the person was driving a vehicle in violation of certain prohibitions against driving under the influence of drugs. 

Introduced Date: 02/19/16

Referred to Senate Committee on Public Safety, hearing on 04/12/15

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