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Section B - Regulations
Regulation 1005

Minimum Standards for Training

1005. Minimum Standards for Training (Refer to Regulation 1007 and PAM Section H for reserve peace officer training standards.)

(a) Minimum Entry-Level Standards (Required)

(1) Basic Course Requirement

Every peace officer, except Reserve Levels II and III, those peace officers listed in subsection 1005(a)(3) [peace officers whose primary duties are investigative], and subsection 1005(a)(4) [coroners or deputy coroners], and 1005(a)(7) [jail deputies] shall complete the Regular Basic Course before being assigned duties which include the exercise of peace officer powers.  Requirements for the Regular Basic Course are set forth in PAM Section D-1-3.

(A) Field Training Program Requirement

Every peace officer, except Reserve Levels II and III, jail deputies, and those officers described in subsections 1005(a)(1)(B)1. - 5., following completion of the Regular Basic Course and before being assigned to perform general law enforcement uniformed patrol duties without direct and immediate supervision, shall complete a POST-approved Field Training Program as set forth in PAM Section D-13.

(B) Exemptions to the Field Training Program Requirement

An officer is exempt from the Field Training Program requirement following completion of the Regular Basic Course:

1. While the officer’s assignment remains custodial related, or

2. If the officer’s employing department does not provide general law enforcement uniformed patrol services and the department has been granted an exemption as specified in Regulation 1004, or

3. If the officer is a lateral entry officer possessing a POST Basic Certificate and who has either:

a. Completed a POST-approved Field Training Program, or

b. One year previous experience performing general law enforcement uniformed patrol duties, or

4. If the officer was a Level I Reserve and is appointed to a full-time peace officer position within the same department and has previously completed the department’s entire POST-approved Field Training Program within the last 12 months of the new appointment, or has the signed concurrence of the department head attesting to the individual’s competence, based upon experience and/or other field training as a solo general law enforcement uniformed patrol officer, or

5. If the officer’s employing department has obtained approval of a field training compliance extension request provided for in Regulation 1004.

More specific information regarding basic training requirements is located in PAM Section D-1.

(2) Every district attorney investigator or inspector (Penal Code section 830.1), regularly employed and paid as such, in addition to the Regular Basic Course training requirement set forth in subsection 1005(a)(1), shall complete a POST-certified Investigation and Trial Preparation Course, PAM Section D-14, within 12 months from the date of appointment.

(3) Every peace officer whose primary duties are investigative, except district attorney investigators or inspectors, shall complete, within 12 months from the date of appointment, the Regular Basic Course or the Specialized Investigators' Basic Course, PAM Section D-1-4, as elected by the department head.  Departments in the following categories have been identified as primarily investigative and may exercise the option provided in this section: 1) state investigative agencies including the Supreme Court of California, 2) welfare investigations, 3) welfare fraud, 4) social services, 5) human assistance/services, and 6) District Attorney child support divisions or welfare fraud units (appointed under Penal Code section 830.35).

(4) Every coroner or deputy coroner [as defined in Penal Code section 830.35(c)], regularly employed and paid as such, shall satisfactorily complete the Penal Code section 832 (PC 832) Arrest and Firearms Course, PAM Section D-1-7, before the exercise of peace officer powers.  In addition to the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course, satisfactory completion of the POST-certified Coroners' Death Investigation Course, PAM Section D-1-6 is also required within 12 months from date of appointment.  The Coroners’ Death Investigation Course requirement shall only apply to peace officer coroners hired on or after the agency enters the POST program.

(5) Every school police officer employed by a K-12 school district or California Community College district before July 1, 1999, in addition to the Regular Basic Course requirement set forth in subsection 1005(a)(1), shall complete a POST-certified Campus Law Enforcement Course [Regulation 1081(a)] no later than July 1, 2002.  Every school police officer employed by a K-12 school district or California Community College district after July 1, 1999, in addition to the Regular Basic Course, shall complete a POST-certified Campus Law Enforcement Course within two years of the date of first appointment.

(6) Every airport peace officer (Penal Code section 830.33) regularly employed and paid as such, in addition to the Regular Basic Course training requirement set for in Regulation 1005(a)(1), shall complete a POST-certified Aviation Security Course [Regulation 1081(a)], after appointment.  Pursuant to Penal Code section 832.1, any airport peace officer who has not satisfactorily completed the Aviation Security Course within the prescribed time shall not continue to have the powers of a peace officer until the officer has satisfactorily completed the course.

(7) Every jail deputy [Penal Code section 830.1(c) shall satisfactorily meet the training requirements of the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course, PAM Section D-1-7; and within 120 days after the date of appointment, shall complete the training required by the Board of State and Community Corrections for custodial personnel pursuant to Section 6035, and the training required for custodial personnel of local detention facilities pursuant to Division 1 (commencing with Section 100) of Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations.

(8) Every limited function peace officer shall satisfactorily meet the training requirements of the PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course, PAM Section D-1-7; however training in the carrying and use of firearms shall not be required when an employing agency prohibits limited function peace officers the use of firearms.

(9) Every peace officer prior to exercising peace officer powers shall complete the requirements of Penal Code section 832, which may be part of the minimum basic training standard or a separately certified course.

(b) Supervisory Course (Required)

(1) Every peace officer (except jail deputies) promoted, appointed, or transferred to a first-level supervisory position shall satisfactorily complete a certified Supervisory Course prior to promotion or within 12 months after the initial promotion, appointment, or transfer to such position.  An officer who will be appointed within 12 months to a first-level supervisory position or an officer assigned to a quasi-supervisory position may attend a Supervisory Course, if authorized by the department head. Requirements for the Supervisory Course are set forth in PAM Section D-3.

(2) Every department participating in the POST reimbursement program may be reimbursed for completion of the Supervisory Course by an officer as described in subsection 1005(b)(1), provided that the officer is full time and has been awarded or is eligible for the award of the Basic Certificate.

(c) Management Course (Required)

(1) Every peace officer promoted (except all jail deputies), appointed, or transferred to a middle management position shall satisfactorily complete a certified Management Course prior to promotion or within 12 months after the initial promotion, appointment, or transfer to such position.  An officer who will be appointed within 12 months to a middle management or higher position or an officer who is assigned to a first-level supervisory position may attend a Management Course, if authorized by the department head. Completion of the Supervisory Course is a prerequisite to attending the Management Course.  Requirements for the Management Course are set forth in PAM Section D-4.

(2) Every department participating in the POST reimbursement program may be reimbursed for completion of the Management Course by an officer described in subsection 1005(c)(1), provided the officer is full time and has satisfactorily completed the Supervisory Course.

(3) Every regular officer who is duly elected or appointed to the Board of Directors or Executive Board of a local Peace Officer Association or Deputy Sheriff Association may attend a certified Management Course if authorized by their department head.  The officer’s jurisdiction may be reimbursed following satisfactory completion of such training provided that the officer has satisfactorily completed the training requirements of the Supervisory Course.

(4) Every regular officer who is duly elected or appointed to the Board of Directors of a local Peace Officer Association or Deputy Sheriff Association and is on 100% release from their organization may attend the Management Course without prior approval of their department head.

(d) Continuing Professional Training (CPT) (Required)

CPT is required for certain peace officer and dispatcher personnel who are employed by POST participating departments.  The purpose of CPT is to maintain, update, expand, and/or enhance an individual’s knowledge and/or skills. CPT is training that exceeds the training required to meet or requalify in entry-level minimum standards.  Qualifying and non-qualifying courses are described in subsection 1005(d)(3).

(1) Requirement

Every peace officer (other than a Level III Reserve Peace Officer), every Public Safety Dispatcher, and every Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor shall satisfactorily complete the CPT requirement of 24 or more hours of POST-qualifying training during every two-year CPT cycle, based on the statewide CPT Anniversary Date as specified in subsection 1005(d)(2) below. Completion by jail deputies of in-service training required by Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) for custodial officers is considered to meet the POST CPT requirement.

Effective January 1, 2009, certain peace officers in specific duty assignments must satisfy a portion of the CPT requirement by completing Perishable Skills and Communications training as specified in subsection 1005(d)(4) below.

(2) Determination of Two-Year Cycle

The beginning date for the two-year CPT cycle for all POST participating agencies will be January 1, 2009.

(A) CPT Cycle Start

Effective January 1, 2009, the CPT Anniversary Date is used to start a peace officer’s or dispatcher’s CPT training cycle. The actual CPT cycle will start only after the employing department is an authorized participant in the POST Program.

1. One Time Transition Period

For purposes of implementing the CPT Anniversary Date, a transition period, with no CPT requirement, is granted to all personnel appointed to any California peace officer or dispatcher position identified in subsection 1005(d)(1).

2. First-Time Appointments

A grace period, with no CPT requirement, is granted when an individual is appointed for the first time to one of the subsection 1005(d)(1) positions.  This grace period is the time period between the individual’s appointment date and the first occurrence of the CPT Anniversary Date.  It is granted to allow completion of entry-level requirements that do not count towards CPT.

3. Reappointments/Lateral Transfers

A grace period, with no CPT requirement, is granted for an individual rehired into one of the subsection 1005(d)(1) positions with the same department or who transfers to a different department.  This grace period is the time between the date reappointed and the next cycle CPT Anniversary Date.

4. Reappointments

A grace period, with no CPT requirement, is granted for an individual rehired into one of the subsection 1005(d)(1) positions with the same department.  This grace period is the time between the date reappointed and the next cycle CPT Anniversary Date.

(B) Status Changes

As the CPT Anniversary Date is a statewide permanently assigned date, it does not change with status changes within a peace officer or dispatcher classification series (e.g., promotion, lateral transfer, probation, military leave, or administrative leave, etc.)

(C) Dual Employment

In some situations, an individual may have dual employment as a peace officer/peace officer, a dispatcher/dispatcher, or as a peace officer and a dispatcher.

1. Within the Same Classification

The same requirement applies to a dispatcher working for two departments simultaneously.  The individual holding two positions in the same classification (i.e., dispatcher/dispatcher classification) shall be held to the statewide CPT cycle.

2. Within Two Different Classifications

The same requirement applies to an individual employed as a peace officer and a dispatcher whether within the same or different departments. (e.g., a peace officer who is also a dispatcher).  In such cases, the CPT remains separate for the peace officer job and the dispatcher job.  The CPT training must be job-related to qualify.  See the examples in subsection 1005(a)(2)(C)3..

3. Dual CPT Credit

POST-certified training courses attended by an individual in dual employment, such as a peace officer and dispatcher, may count for CPT credit for both positions/classifications if the training course is job related for both a peace officer and a dispatcher.  For example, a Tactical Shotgun course would not qualify as CPT for dispatchers.  A Missing Persons course is job-related for both dispatcher and peace officer classifications and would qualify for dual CPT credit.

(D) CPT Training in Excess of 24 Hours

POST-qualifying CPT training in excess of 24 hours during a two-year cycle shall not be credited toward any future or prior CPT cycles.

(3) Qualifying and Non-Qualifying Training

The above CPT requirement is met by satisfactory completion of one or more POST-certified courses totaling a minimum of 24 hours, as referenced below.

(A) While recommended topics for CPT are listed in PAM Section D-2, POST-certified training courses may be used for CPT credit, with the exception of the following POST-certified courses that do not qualify for CPT:

  • Regular Basic Course – Standard Format
  • Regular Basic Course – Modular Format (all components)
  • Field Training Program
  • Investigation and Trial Preparation Course
  • Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course
  • PC 832, Arrest and Firearms Course
  • Coroners’ Death Investigation Course
  • Campus Law Enforcement Course
  • Aviation Security Course
  • Public Safety Dispatcher’s Basic Course
  • POST Requalification Course
  • POST Workshops (those designed to provide input or advice to POST)
  • Field Management Training
  • Team Building Workshops
     

(B) The CPT requirement may be satisfied by an alternative method of compliance as determined by the Commission, i.e., non POST-certified courses.  Reference Regulation 1060 and PAM Section D-2-3.

(4) Perishable Skills/Communications Requirement for CPT

Effective January 1, 2002, all peace officers (except reserve officers and jail deputies) below the middle management position and assigned to patrol, traffic, or investigation who routinely effect the physical arrest of criminal suspects are required to complete Perishable Skills and Communications training.  In-lieu of completing the training, the requirement may be met by successfully passing a presenter-developed test that measures the approved training objectives.

(A) Perishable Skills training shall consist of a minimum of 12 hours in each two-year period.  Of the total 12 hours required, a minimum of 4 hours of each of the three following topical areas shall be completed:

1. Arrest and Control

2. Driver Training/Awareness or Driving Simulator*

3. Tactical Firearms* or Force Options Simulator

*Refer to PAM Section D-2 for minimum requirements.

(B) Communications training, either tactical or interpersonal, shall consist of a minimum of 2 hours in each two-year period as specified in PAM Section D-2.

It is recommended that managers and executives complete, within their two-year compliance cycle, two hours of CPT devoted to updates in the perishable skills topical areas enumerated above.

(C) Agency Exemptions

Agencies may request an exemption from all or part of the Perishable Skills and Communications training requirement. Agencies must request an exemption in writing and provide an attestation that their peace officers do not carry firearms, or they infrequently interact with or effect physical arrests of criminal suspects, or do not utilize marked emergency vehicles during normal course of business.

(D) Perishable Skills Program (PSP) Instructor Exemptions

Instructors who are certified or qualified to instruct a Perishable Skills course are exempt from attending a PSP course as a student in the topic they are qualified or certified to instruct, and are exempt from being required to demonstrate their competency by successfully passing a presenter-developed test that measures the approved training, if thy have presented a course in this topic within the same two-year Continuous Professional Training (CPT) cycle.

Instructors who have not presented a course in their topic area within the same CPT cycle must attend a course in that topic as a student or demonstrate their competency by successfully passing a presenter-developed test that measures the approved training objectives for PSP credit. 

The Agency must maintain and be able to provide documentation that an instructor has presented a course within the same CPT cycle during the POST compliance check.

The agency head may establish a higher training requirement for their instructors. 

(e) Executive Development Course (Optional)

(1) The Executive Development Course is designed for department heads and their executive staff positions.  An officer who will be appointed within 12 months to a department head or executive position may attend the Executive Development Course, provided the officer has satisfactorily completed the Management Course.  Requirements for the Executive Development Course are set forth in PAM Section D-5.

(2) Every department participating in the POST reimbursement program may be reimbursed for completion of the Executive Development Course by an officer as described in subsection 1005(e)(1), provided the officer is full time and has satisfactorily completed the Management Course.

(3) The Executive Director may waive the Management Course completion prerequisite for a chief executive who has completed training comparable to a POST Management Course.  The application and evaluation processes are described in PAM Section D-15, Management Course Prerequisite Waiver Process for Attending the Executive Development Course.

(f) Legislatively-Mandated Training

(1) Special training mandated by the legislature is specified in Regulation 1081.

(g) Field Management Training (Optional)

(1) Field Management Training is designed to assist in the solution of specific management problems within individual Regular Program departments.

(2) Requirements for Field Management Training are set forth in PAM Section D-9.

(h) Records Supervisor Training

(The following courses are required only for records supervisors applying for the Records Supervisor Certificate.)

(1) Public Records Act (minimum 16 hours) and

(2) Records Supervisor Course (minimum 40 hours)

(i) Rifle and Shotgun Training

          (1) Every peace officer shall satisfactorily complete the POST-certified 16 hour minimum Rifle Course in order to possess a long or short barrel rifle in the course and scope of their duties. Requirements for the Rifle Course are set forth in Regulation 1081.

          (2) Every peace officer shall satisfactorily complete the POST-certified 16 hour minimum Shotgun Course or specified basic courses in order to possess a long or short barrel shotgun in the course and scope of their duties. Requirements for the Shotgun Course are set forth in Regulation 1081.

 

PAM Section D-1-1 adopted effective September 26, 1990, and amended January 14, 1994, August 7, 1996, January 1, 2001, January 1, 2004, and September 15, 2004, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-1-2 adopted effective September 26, 1990, and amended January 11, 1992, January 14, 1994, August 7, 1996, February 13, 1997, September 25, 1998, January 1, 2004, September 15, 2004, and August 26, 2006, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-1-3 adopted effective April 15, 1982, and amended January 24, 1985, September 26, 1990, January 14, 1994, July 16, 1994, December 16, 1994, August 16, 1995, August 7, 1996, November 27, 1996, February 22, 1997, August 16, 1997, December 4, 1997, January 1, 2001, January 1, 2002, April 10, 2002, January 1, 2004, September 15, 2004, January 1, 2006, January 19, 2007, July 1, 2007, January 1, 2009, May 3, 2012, July 21, 2012,  April 1, 2014,  October 1, 2014, April 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-1-4 adopted effective October 20, 1983, and amended September 26, 1990, October 27, 1991, January 14, 1994, May 7, 1995, July 21, 2000, January 1, 2001, July 1, 2002, September 15, 2004, January 1, 2006, January 19, 2007, July 1, 2007, January 1, 2009, May 3, 2012,  October 1, 2014, April 1, 2016, and February 15, 2017, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-1-6 adopted effective February 4, 1993, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-1-7 adopted effective January 1, 2004, and amended September 15, 2004, January 1, 2006, January 1, 2009, May 3, 2012, October 1, 2014, April 1, 2016, and February 15, 2017, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-2 adopted effective April 15, 1982, and amended January 24, 1985, July 1, 2000, September 11, 2000, November 11, 2000, January 1, 2002, September 12, 2002, May 7, 2003, August 7, 2003, January 29, 2004, September 12, 2005, August 26, 2006, and January 29, 2011, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-3 adopted effective April 15, 1982, and amended October 20, 1983, January 29, 1988, and March 8, 2003, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-4 adopted effective April 15, 1982, and amended November 2, 2000, and January 20, 2006, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-13 adopted effective June 15, 1990, and amended February 22, 1996, January 1, 1999, July 1, 2004, January 1, 2012, January 1, 2013, and November 23, 2106, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-14 adopted effective January 1, 2002, amended January 1, 2006, and January 1, 2009, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section D-15 adopted effective January 20, 2006, is herein incorporated by reference.

PAM Section H-3 adopted effective June 15, 1990, and amended effective July 1, 1992, is herein incorporated by reference.

The document, Training Specifications for the Investigation and Trial Preparation Course, adopted effective January 1, 2002, and amended January 1, 2009, is herein incorporated by reference.

The document, Training and Testing Specifications for the Investigation and Trial Preparation Course, adopted effective January 1, 2002, and amended January 1, 2009, is herein incorporated by reference.

The document, Training and Testing Specifications for Peace Officer Basic Courses, adopted effective January 1, 2001, and amended effective October 1, 2001, January 1, 2002, July 1, 2002, January 1, 2003, January 1, 2004, August 15, 2004, September 15, 2004, July 1, 2005, January 1, 2006, January 19, 2007, July 1, 2007, August 8, 2007, January 1, 2008, July 1, 2008, January 1, 2009, July 1, 2009, January 1, 2010, July 1, 2011, January 1, 2012, July 1, 2012, January 1, 2013, August 1, 2013,  February 1, 2014, August 1, 2014, August 1, 2015, February 1, 2016,  August 1, 2016, February 1, 2017, and February 15, 2017, is herein incorporated by reference.

The document, Instructor’s Guide to Learning Activities for Leadership, Ethics and Community Policing December 2005, adopted effective January 1, 2006, is herein incorporated by reference.

The document POST Basic Courses Test Management and Security Protocols 2017 adopted effective January 1, 2009, amended May 3, 2012, October 1, 2014, April 1, 2016, and February 15, 2017, is herein incorporated by reference.

The document Work Sample Test Battery Proctor Manual – 2012 adopted effective July 21, 2012, is herein incorporated by reference.

 

(Revised 2/23/2017)

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