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Inventory of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Records
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Series Descriptions

ID R192.001, Box 1/1-Box 3/2

Series 1 Bill Files 1975-1990

Physical Description: 42 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by legislative session, then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files consist of analyses, correspondence, notes, reports, newspaper clippings and background material regarding state legislation that affected issues within the scope of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, as well as legislation that affected the funding, composition and scope of the Commission. Topics include peace officer licensing, concealed firearms, the use of stun guns, procedures for interviewing minors, and the use of electronic surveillance equipment. Also of interest is material related to the development of peace officer training curriculum through legislation, regarding the handling instances of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. For example, in response to a number of incidents in which peace officers confused Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) with child abuse and parental negligence, SB1067 of 1989 proposed the development of a course to train peace officers in recognizing SIDS.
1975-1976: AB2866-AB4249 (2ff) Box 1/1-Box 1/2.
1975-1976: SB1020-SB2790 (1ff) Box 1/3.
1977-1978: AB191-AB2915, ACR124-ACR160 (5ff) Box 1/4-Box 1/8.
1977-1978: SB126-SB1995 (3ff) Box 1/9-Box 1/11.
1979-1980: AB332-AB3296, ACR112 (4ff) Box 1/12-Box 1/14.
1979-1980: SB125-SB1994, SCR 25 (2ff) Box 1/15-Box 1/16.
1981-1982: AB189-AB3414 (2ff) Box 1/17-Box 1/18.
1981-1982: SB189-SB1870; SCR69 (1ff) Box 1/19.
1983-1984: AB5-AB4022, AB41X, AB41XX (3ff) Box 1/20-Box 2/1.
1983-1984: SB147-SB1536, SCR75 (2ff) Box 2/2-Box 2/3.
1985-1986: AB49-AB4062, ACR34 (4ff) Box 2/4-Box 2/7.
1985-1986: SB21-SB2463, SCR34-SCR67 (3ff) Box 2/8-Box 2/10.
1987-1988: AB100-AB4262 (4ff) Box 2/11-Box 2/14.
1987-1988: SB83-SB2868 (4ff) Box 2/15-Box 2/18.
1989-1990: AB670-AB2505, ACR58-ACR89 (1ff) Box 2/19.
1989-1990: SB166-SB1494, SCR39 (2ff) Box 3/1-Box 3/2.
ID R192.002, Box 3/3-Box 3/15

Series 2 Correspondence 1975-1986

Physical Description: 13 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence from POST consists of letters, memoranda, and other material related to the functions of the Commission. The majority of the correspondence is composed of inquiries from prospective peace officers, which the Commission responded to with information about policies and procedures in place in California governing the selection and training of peace officers. Many prospective applicants, for example, requested information about aural and visual acuity requirements. The Commission also responded to numerous research requests from other states regarding peace officer training programs. Other topics present in the correspondence include the development of police academy courses and testing material, information about workshops, conferences and meetings attended by members of the Commission, and peace officer certification.
ID R192.003, Box 3/16-Box 4/16

Series 3 Subect Files 1976-1992

Physical Description: 29 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Access Information

Access to audiovisual materials requires the production of use copies.

Scope and Content Note

Subject files typically consist of correspondence, notes, news clippings, publications, reports and background material. General subjects include confidentiality, citizenship requirements for peace officers, domestic violence, legislation related to law enforcement, meeting minutes, agency organizational charts and information about the Commission's history. Also of interest are textual and audiovisual materials related to "shooting judgment" or "Shoot/Don't Shoot" training. The Commission was greatly interested in developing a shooting simulator, to be used by police departments to train officers when to discharge their weapons and when to hold fire. For this purpose they created the Shooting Simulator Advisory Committee, which contracted with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department to produce a prototype shooting judgment simulator.
Audiovisual materials have been separated to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the files to alert the researcher to the existence of these items.
ID R192.004, Box 4/17-Box 4/25

Series 4 Training Program Files 1975-1987

Physical Description: 13 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Training Program Files consist of correspondence, notes, news clippings, reports and background material related to peace officer training program development. Many of the files pertain to the creation of specific training courses such as those covering the investigation of advanced traffic accidents, child abuse, and narcotics. Other courses include bailiff and civil process training, drug and alcohol recognition training, and instruction in juvenile procedures. This series also contains budget change proposals and material related to the funding of community college-based police academies.
 

Records of the Center for Police Management 1970-1979

Scope and Content

The Center for Police Management was established within the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission on June 1, 1973 in order to provide organization policies, procedures and practices to effectively coordinate police activities in the State of California. The Center for Police Management was active in researching common problems in law enforcement relating to police management and reviewing professional literature and research projects. In addition, the Center for Police Management also provided a resource library for law enforcement managers and responded to inquiries from law enforcement administrators. Funded by the California Council on Criminal Justice, the Center for Police Management was initially authorized to function for one year. Due to its success the Center for Police Management was extended until 1982.
ID R192.005, Box 5/26-Box 5/34

Series 1 Correspondence 1970-1979

Physical Description: 9 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content

Correspondence from the Center for Police Management primarily consists of responses to inquiries from law enforcement administrators and researchers interested in law enforcement policies and procedures. Also included are internal memoranda regarding the function and responsibilities of the Center for Police Management. Topics of interest include the development of the Center for Police Management, project priorities, funding, and problems and issues related to police management and administration.
ID R192.006, Box 6/1-Box 6/7

Series 2 Subject Files 1973-1978

Physical Description: 7 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content

The Subject Files span a wide variety of topics relevant to the Center for Police Management. The Center collected material from California law enforcement organizations, such as the Association of Police Planning and Research Officers, the California Association of Police Training Officers, and the California State Sheriff's Association. Also included are progress reports chronicling the activities of the Center for Police Management. Of particular interest is a 'training needs assessment' of local governments conducted in 1978 following the passage of Proposition 13. The Commission and the Center for Police Management sought to offset funding reductions experienced by many city and county governments by providing reimbursements for law enforcement training.
ID R192.007, Box 6/8-Box 6/13

Series 3 Research Study Files 1985-2000

Physical Description: 6 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content

This series consists of various studies and research projects conducted by the Commission or consultants working for the Commission, kept by the Center for Police Management for research purposes. The majority of the studies are career oriented, including "Career Ladder and Job Restructuring," "Physical Performance Examination for Law Enforcement Officers," and "Selection Standards Project." Also of interest is the "Police Vehicle Accident Study," compiled by the Commission, which analyzes the factors contributing to vehicular accidents involving peace officers.