POST Monthly Report

may 2015

POST DID YOU KNOW VIDEOS RECEIVE 3 EMMY NOMINATIONS

The National Academy of Television Arts and Science – Pacific Southwest Chapter announced the nomination of three POST Did You Know videos for the 2014 Emmy Awards.  Domestic Violence, School Violence, and Night Driving were nominated in the Commercial Public Ad Campaign category.

This makes 7 nominations for this video series.  In 2012, POST was awarded an Emmy for Did You Know – Speed.

The Did You Know’s are 30 – 60 second video spots that deliver a strong training message in a quick and dynamic way.  They were developed for the POST SAFE (Situation-Appropriate, Focused and Educated) Driving Campaign to call attention to the five identified fatal factors in officer involved collisions.  Over the past three years, the videos were used to feature other contemporary emerging training issues for law enforcement.

The winners will be announced on June 20, 2015, in Palm Springs, California.

Questions about the Did You Know video series may be directed to Senior Consultant Larry Ellsworth, Learning Technology Resources Bureau, at (916) 227-4895.


BASIC TRAINING BUREAU CAUTIONS AGAINST USE OF THIRD-PARTY ACADEMY STUDY MATERIALS POSTED ON INTERNET

The POST Basic Training Bureau oversees development of the Training and Testing Specifications as well as student workbooks for each of the 42 Learning Domains, which are the foundational curriculum of California’s Basic Academies.  This curriculum is developed by personnel from the POST Basic Training Bureau and a diverse cadre of subject matter experts from throughout the state, including veteran instructors and training administrators.  The participants review law and regulatory mandates, as well as current and emerging trends in law enforcement operations.  This material has been developed by, and is the sole intellectual property of, the Commission on POST, and any use is governed by copyright restrictions.

With the recent increase in accessibility of web-based applications, some individuals have taken the initiative to create their own self-developed Academy study material and have posted it on the Internet.  Although these self-study materials may have been developed by well-meaning individuals, POST cautions students with regard to utilizing these resources as study material.  Students are advised that the content of any material independently created by third parties has not been validated by POST, nor authorized as Academy study material, and its value and accuracy cannot be verified.  Therefore, POST highly encourages students to only utilize materials developed by POST and/or expressly authorized by their respective Academy presenters.

Students who utilize study material that has been obtained from third parties without approval from their presenter do so at their own risk, and may jeopardize their success in the Basic Academy due to reliance on potentially inaccurate information.

Questions about using third-party academy study materials may be directed to Bureau Chief Scott Loggins, Basic Training Bureau, at (916) 227-4261.


POST ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF PUBLIC SAFETY WORKSHOP ON “CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT”

During May 2015, POST staff attended the International Academy of Public Safety workshop on “Credible Leadership Development” in San Diego, California.  The class presented on-line training, specifically designed for sworn patrol officers and deputies deployed as an acting watch commander or field supervisor.  The curriculum is divided into six Learning Domains and provides the skills necessary to enhance an acting watch commander or supervisors’ operational efficiency, ability to plan, organize, direct, and control major job responsibilities.

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


POST STUDIES THE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS NEEDED FOR CRISIS RESPONSE

The Training Program Services Bureau has partnered with Dr. Gary Klein and his team of researchers to study law enforcement decision-making challenges during the initial stages of critical and chaotic incidents.  The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has offered the Urban Shield Training exercise as a unique platform to collect data from real-time dynamic scenarios.  Through observations and interviews, the researchers will identify the essential components of crisis decision-making through a Cognitive Task Analysis that will be utilized in the development of new training approaches.  Future training curriculum will be designed to improve officer decision making skills especially during critical incidents.

Questions about this project may be directed to Senior Consultant Eddie Freyer, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 709-5230.


POST LAUNCHES RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION REGARDING PROCEDURAL JUSTICE AND POLICE LEGITIMACY

In May 2015, POST launched a new webpage on the POST Website entitled: “Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy.”  This webpage is designed to provide the law enforcement community with contemporary information and pragmatic approaches to build on the principles related to procedural justice and police legitimacy concepts developed over several decades.  The site features:

  • Symposiums, presentations, articles, and discussions relevant to examining explicit and implicit biases, procedural justice, police legitimacy, and perceptions of justice in the legal system.
  • Strategies designed to improve relationships, increase trust between the minority communities and the criminal justice system, and to advance the public and scholarly understandings of the issues contributing to those relationships.
  • Access to stories and many other types of artifacts:  Podcasts and Presentations, many by thought leaders and others; influential articles, books, and ideas that have shaped procedural justice and police legitimacy.
  • Links to videos and other social media that effectively convey key foundational concepts and much more....

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


POST PROVIDES CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL ACADEMY, EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS COURSE INSTRUCTORS WITH UPDATED LAW ENFORCEMENT DRIVING SIMULATOR INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

POST Training Program Services Bureau provided updated Law Enforcement Driving Simulator instructor training to 11 instructors from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Unit.  This update training will allow CHP, EVOC instructors to provide perishable skills training statewide in compliance with POST requirements.

Questions about this training contact may be directed to Special Consultant Tamara Baarts, Training Program Services Bureau, at (916) 215-1595.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – STATUS OF CURRENT LEGISLATIONS

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

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

AB 65 (Alejo)

Local law enforcement: body-worn cameras: grant program.

This bill would delete the current transfer requirement for the Driver Training Penalty Assessment Fund and instead require a transfer to the Body-worn Camera Fund.

This would result in POST revenue loss of $14,000,000.  POST services to law enforcement would be significantly reduced.

Last Amended Date: 03/19/15

Assembly Appropriations

Held under submission 05/28/15

AB 334 (Cooley)

Peace officers: training: profiling of motorcycle riders.

This bill would require POST to address the profiling of motorcycle riders in the regular basic course (RBC) and offer training to law enforcement officers in conjunction with existing profiling training.

“For purposes of this section, 'profiling of motorcycle riders’ is the practice of detaining a suspect based on the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle paraphernalia without any individualized suspicion of the particular person being stopped.”

Last Amended Date: 04/7/15

Assembly Appropriations

In committee: Held under submission 05/28/15

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: 02/23/15

 

Referred to Committee on Public Safety 05/07/15

AB 953 (Weber)

Lawenforcement: racial profiling.

This bill would revise the definition of racial profiling to instead refer to racial or identity profiling, would make a conforming change to the prohibition against law enforcement officers engaging in that practice, and would make the prohibition applicable to probation and parole officers.

This bill would require a law enforcement officer who is the subject of a sustained complaint of racial or identity profiling to participate in training to correct racial and identity profiling at least every 6 months for 2 years.

This bill would also require the Attorney General to establish the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board (RIPA).
 

Last Amended Date: 04/16/15

Senate Rules

From the Assembly: Do pass as amended 06/01/15

AB 1118 (Bonta)

Peace Officer Standards and Training: procedural justice.

This bill would establish the Procedural Justice Task Force, which would be administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections.  In consultation with the task force, POST shall develop a model procedural justice training curriculum.  The task force and Commission shall work together to determine the appropriate length and content of the course.

 

Last Amended Date: 04/16/15

Assembly Appropriations

In committee: Held under submission 05/28/15

AB 1168 (Salas)

Peace officers: basic training requirements.

This bill would, until January 1, 2019, exempt an 830.1 (c) custodial peace officer from the requirement to take an examination (requalification course) if he or she has been continuously employed as a custodial peace officer of that class for a period not exceeding five years by the agency making the appointment.

 

Introduced: 02/27/15

In Senate. Referred to Committee on Public Safety 05/14/15

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

Assembly Appropriations

In committee.
Held under submission. 05/28/15

SB 11 (Beall)

Peace officer training: mental health.

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

The bill would also require POST to establish and keep updated a “promising or evidence-based behavioral health continuing training course” that is a minimum of four consecutive hours. Each law enforcement officer the rank of supervisor or below who is assigned to patrol duties, or who supervises officers assigned to patrol duties shall complete the course every four years.

 

Last Amended Date: 04/15/15

Assembly Appropriations

From Senate Committee: Do pass as amended. 06/01/15

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 20 hours of “promising or evidence-based behavioral health training” to deescalate situations where officers confront persons with mental illness or intellectual disability.

The bill would also mandate that POST require, “as part of its field training program 20 hours of field training 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.”

Last Amended Date: 04/15/15

Assembly Appropriations

From Senate Committee: Do pass as amended. 06/02/15

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