Class Descriptions

ARPOC 2019, August 21-24, 2019

*Conference Welcome and Questions & Answers with POST
Opening address from CRPOA’s CEO Mike Voorhees and POST Senior Consultant Jeff Dunn, including a Question and Answer session.  

Wednesday afternoon, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM. *No POST Credit for this session.

Mentally and Physically Surviving an Officer Involved Shooting
On August 30, 2017, John Wilson was involved in a shooting in Sacramento that left one peace officer dead, two severely wounded and a suspect dead.  He will explain the circumstances leading up to the shooting, what happened during the shooting, the physical and emotional damage following the shooting, and how he overcame the odds to return to full duty.

This 4-hour class is offered Wednesday afternoon only, 3 PM-7 PM – Instructor: John Wilson – CBL Training and Consulting.            

Firearms Training (Off-Site Class)
Instruction will include review of handgun shooting fundamentals and marksmanship, tactical and emergency magazine changes, simple and complex malfunction clearing, exiting and shooting from a stationary vehicle, shooting while moving, and the use of barricades. Cardboard and steel targets will be incorporated in the courses of fire. 

The proper attire for this class is pants and closed toed shoes. Shorts and/or open toe shoes or sandals are not permitted! Due to the off-site location, all participants must travel by the official bus, and must be sworn peace officers with department identification. Each participant must bring the following: Hearing and eye protection, duty handgun with three magazines, duty belt with holster, double magazine pouch, and ballistic vest. Participants will also need to bring 200 rounds of ammunition, and 16 shotgun shells (12 gauge double-aught buckshot), if POST shotgun qualified. Reserves shooting the shotgun may bring their department shotgun, if desired. Remington 870 shotguns will be provided for those who do not bring their own.

Participants that are POST shotgun trained will have the opportunity to incorporate the use of a shotgun along with their handgun in the course of fire. Those that are not POST shotgun qualified will shoot the entire course of fire using their handgun.

Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen and water or a sports drink. Attendees traveling by air with firearms and ammunition are encouraged to consult the following TSA webpage.

This 4-hour off-site class is offered on Thursday AM and PM, and Friday AM. The bus departs one hour prior to the class start time. Lead Instructor: Reserve Lieutenant Kent Humber – San Diego Sheriff’s Department.   

Communication and De-escalation
This class provides an easy to remember, systematic approach to effectively establishing rapport while gaining cooperation. It also includes a universal behavioral standard for self-de-escalation and impulse control. The system has been used in a wide spectrum of situations where communication was essential for a positive outcome; from crisis moments to victim interviews, criminal interrogations, gaining consent, or simply allowing a person to vent and be heard. “Communication and De-escalation” is designed to be easy to remember in stressful situations and is appropriate for all professions and non-professionals in any situation when communication is important. 

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM and PM – Instructor: John Wilson – CBL Training and Consulting. John is currently the supervisor of the California Highway Patrol’s Mental Illness Response Program (Crisis Intervention Training Unit). 

Middle Eastern Culture / Law Enforcement
Middle Eastern Culture and Law Enforcement is a class for members of law enforcement to understand the difference between Chaldean Christians and Arab Muslims. It focuses on the history and culture of each of the communities, in addition to their community structures. This class can be beneficial for members of law enforcement when it comes to interacting with members of these communities. Additionally, it offers insight on how understanding Middle Eastern cultures and dynamics can assist in de-escalating potentially dangerous situations.

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM and PM  – InstructorDetective Louie Michaël, El Cajon Police Department.

*U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tour (Off-Site Tour) *This Tour is Full*
This 3.5 to 4 hour tour focuses on the first 10 miles of the border from the Pacific Ocean to the Otay Mountains.  While the tour does not include the more remote rugged terrain of the sector, it will focus on the technology, infrastructure and violence along the border. The tour will start and end at the Crowne Plaza – Porte Cochere entrance. The tour bus loads promptly at 6:00 PM on Thursday. Please dress casually and wear closed toed shoes. If you bring a firearm, it must be concealed (no uniforms). Please come ready to learn and have an unusual, but enjoyable evening. Space is extremely limited for this tour, so sign up early! *No POST Credit for this tour.

Drug Endangered Children Investigations Course
We know the leading cause of child abuse and neglect is a substance abusing parent. Learn how to identify, rescue, work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, and provide support services for the child victims while holding the parent(s) criminally responsible under California Penal Code Section 273a (Child Endangerment). Learn 35-50 risk factors to look for in every suspected child abuse and neglect case; how to legally obtain and share confidential information between agencies; your legal and moral obligations as a mandated reporter; benefits of utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach; importance of operational/safety plans and much more. By using photographs from actual crime scenes made into workbooks, participates will identify risk factors and put a child endangerment case together for a class presentation. Each participant will complete a “Hero Sheet”, a subject matter expertise form that expands their training, education, experience, knowledge, and skill level to become a subject matter expert on child endangerment.

This 8-hour class is offered Thursday Instructor: Reserve Officer Mitch Brown – Drug Endangered Children Training & Advocacy Center.

Glock Professional Armorer’s Course *This Class is Full*
Participants will learn safety functions, unloading and clearing, as well as field and detailed disassembly of the weapon. Options to alternate parts are offered, along with diagnostics and troubleshooting. Glock will issue a three-year Armorer Certification upon successful completion of this class. Glock will provide the weapons and tools for this class. For safety reasons, personal firearms (exposed or concealed) and ammunition are not allowed in this class. All attendees will be screened upon every entry into the classroom. Participants must bring their own clear safety glasses. In addition to the ARPOC registration fee, there is an additional fee of $250 paid directly to Glock for this course.

This 8-hour class is offered Thursday – Instructor: Jeremy Bennett, Glock.

First Aid, CPR and AED
This course incorporates the latest science and teaches participants to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies. Also, how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for two years.

This 8-hour class is offered Thursday Instructors: Amy-Lee Bebee, Coronado Police Department and Robert Drew, San Diego Fire Department.                       

Reserve Coordinator Introduction
This eight hour class is designed to provide an overview of the reserve program to coordinators who are newly assigned or have limited experience in their positions. The subjects covered will include POST Regulations, reserve levels, reserve officer selection, entry level and in-service training requirements and reserve program management. As an introductory class, it is preliminary in nature and is not intended to take the place of the POST-certified 24-hour Reserve Coordinator Class. This class is open to all attendees. In addition, POST Plan IV Reimbursement is approved for full time officers, who will need to bring a signed TRR form to the conference.

This 8-hour class is offered Thursday Instructor: Jeff Dunn, POST Senior Consultant.

Air Support 101:  How an Aircraft can Help!
This course will assist the patrol officer/deputy in knowing when and how to request and utilize air support. The course will introduce the ground officer to the inner-workings of air operations and its capabilities.  A lot of information goes into mission planning and mission acceptance, and this class will introduce the intricacies of utilizing an aircraft to its full potential to guarantee the safety of ground personnel and optimizing the success of the event.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM – Instructor: Matt Guiterrez, California Highway Patrol.

Reserve Coordinator Update
This update class is intended to provide experienced reserve coordinators with a review of changes in the law and regulations affecting reserve programs, course certification and compliance reviews. It will be interactive using breakout groups to address contemporary issues and problems and an open forum to review best practices. The instructor is a member of the POST staff. Due to the format of the update class, prior completion of the 24-hour class or an update class is preferred, but not required. This class is open to all attendees. In addition, POST Plan IV Reimbursement is approved for full time officers, who will need to bring a signed TRR form to the conference.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM – Instructor: POST Senior Consultant Jeff Dunn. 

Officer Safety – Examining Today’s Tactics
This class will address best practices in public and officer safety, with the goal of reducing injuries and saving lives. Recently, there has been growing nationwide concern with peace officers using force, especially deadly force. Increasingly publicized officer-involved shooting incidents have contributed to deadly ambush attacks on officers and occurrences of civil disorder turned violent.  Also, more officers have faced criminal charges and civil litigation, been assigned to administrative duties or terminated, and suffered significant mental health issues, serious physical injuries, and sometimes death.

As first responders, officers are frequently placed in harm’s way. These complicated policing incidents require pre-planning and emotional control, including the use of ethical, legal, proper, and safe tactics. Today’s police critics are raising the issue of whether the officers’ tactics placed them in a position of disadvantage and premature force.

This presentation will address best practices in the tactical arena by reviewing nationwide policing incidents. This includes an emphasis on critical-decision making skills, a proper understanding of the guardian mindset, slowing it down, and the selection of efficient and safe tactics. The class is designed to save lives and prevent tragedies of both peace officers and the community members they protect and serve.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM and PM – Instructors: Captain Rich Wemmer (Ret.), Los Angeles Police Department, and Sergeant Marcus Young (Ret.), Ukiah Police Department and Former FBI LEOKA Instructor.

EMS for Non-EMS: Tac Med is Step 21
This class will offer an orientation to EMS for Law Enforcement. It will explain how much it has changed in the last decade and how Tactical medicine has taken the forefront in training. But just as the medicine itself is important, many things must be considered before undertaking the care of the patient. This course will challenge the student to prepare a mental plan to properly consider and resolve the evolving situations each EMS scenario presents, whether in a tactical setting or not.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday  PM – Instructor: Matt Guiterrez, California Highway Patrol.

Explosives Familiarization for Patrol (On-Site & Off-Site Class) *This Class is Full*
This class will enable students to identify various types of commercial, military, and “home-made” explosives (HME). Numerous types of military ordinance explosive effects will be discussed, along with safety measures first responders can employ in performance of their duties when encountering explosives and/or hazardous devices. Students will be taught numerous “key indicators” to help them identify clandestine explosive laboratories in the community. Students will engage in practical exercises, which will allow them to apply classroom instruction in the identification of actual explosives, as well as simulated hazardous devices, in a fun and safe environment. Several types of HME will be made during the class, in a simulated clandestine lab environment. The class will culminate as students experience live-fire demonstrations of numerous types of commercial, military, and HME explosives at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bomb Range during the afternoon portion of the class.

This 8-hour class is offered on Friday. The morning portion will be at the host hotel, the afternoon portion will be off-site at the Bomb Range. The bus departs at 12:30 PM for the afternoon portion of the class. Instructor: Detective John Debus – San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

Response Tactics For Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes ® *This Class is Full*
Imagine how you would feel if no matter what call came over the radio, you instantly knew what to do, what the priority was, and how to automatically bring calm and order to the situation. Our “Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes”® course has trained hundreds of officers/deputies and supervisors just like yourself to be that squared-away, “go-to” person when any critical incident, “hot call” or in-progress situation occurs. We show you not only the industry standard tactics but also the new, cutting-edge strategies you need to know. You’ll learn five simple concepts that will work on any incident and how to quickly outmaneuver and outsmart a suspect. You’ll see real incident video and work through how you would respond to that incident. This is a fun, modern and interactive course. Come see why the most common feedback we get is, “This class should be mandatory!” Check out the course video at

This 8-hour class is offered Friday – Instructor: Scott Savage, The Savage Training Group and The Santa Clara Police Department.

The Training Day: An Officer Survival Course
This is the class you never got in the Police Academy or Advanced Officer’s training. This intense course is about survival and longevity as a Law Enforcement Officer. Learn to make quick decisions within three seconds in order to assess and survive a deadly encounter. Acquire the right decisions to avoid becoming the next media poster child. Assimilate tried and proven tactics that work. “You wanna go to the morgue, or you wanna go home? Because, every encounter is an Armed encounter, why? Because you’re Armed”.

This 8-hour class is offered Friday InstructorSergeant Paul Lozada, Cal Expo Police, and Santa Clara Police Department.

Mental Readiness
Law Enforcement Officers are not impervious to stressors that distract them from their duties. We are constantly bombarded by distractions on the job; radios, in-car cameras, body cameras, in-car computers, cell phones, traffic, pedestrians, etc. What about performance issues, citizen complaints, financial problems, relationship problems, child custody problems, and substance abuse issues; How do these distractions affect our safety? What are the consequences of these distractions? This class is designed to expose those distractions. By identifying underlying issues, such as the aforementioned items, we can take corrective action to reduce those stressors and minimize our exposure on and off the job. By doing this, we may rediscover why we chose this profession.

This 4-hour class is offered Saturday Instructor: Michael Mitchell, California Highway Patrol.

Presumed Compliance and Emotional Use of Force
In this compelling talk, fear management and defensive tactics pioneer Tony Blauer draws on his 33 years of studying violence, fear and aggression to make the case that ‘head trauma’ inside the reactionary gap is the single most critical factor contributing to what he coins the “EMOTIONAL USE OF FORCE”.

  • Violence against police officers
  • PTSD
  • TBI
  • A narrative of distrust and violence
  • Millions spent on medical and legal

What if we could change these things by simply changing how we train officers inside the Reactionary Gap? This training reduces the violence of the initial arrest, helps protect the officer, the suspect, the administration and the community.  This mitigates the opportunity for “actors” to exploit the event for the manufacture of protests and riots.

This 4-hour class Saturday – Instructor: Tony Blauer, CEO at Blauer Tactical Systems, Inc. 

Solo Officer Response *This Class is Full*
Across the nation, especially in rural areas or highway patrol, officers are typically divided into one-officer cars. Situations like these create potentially dangerous scenarios as officers respond to emergencies without immediate back-up. In an occupation where minutes matter, incoming support can range depending on situation, scenario and department. In this course, officers will learn principles and tactics in direct action engagement without the potential of support.

This 4-hour class is offered Saturday – Instructor: Dennis Ho, Bay Area Tactical.

Legal Update/Use of Force

Attendees will be the first California peace officers to receive a legal preview of the new and vitally important Use of Force law (AB392) and learn how it may affect the legal standards and policies of Use of Force.

This POST certified course will provide information concerning other new laws and case decisions impacting a peace officer’s working environment, both criminally and civilly. The course will also review past laws and case laws that officers need clarification on. 

Additionally, this course will focus on current vital legal updates related to general Use of Force, Bias Based Policing, Workplace Harassment, and LEOSA.

The presenter is Ed Obayashi who is the newly appointed General Counsel for CRPOA. Ed is the Deputy Sheriff and Legal Advisor for the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and serves as the Legal Advisor and General Counsel for several law enforcement agencies and organizations. Ed’s legal and training expertise in Police Practices and Use of Force is available at

This 4-hour class is offered Saturday – Instructor: Ed Obayashi, CRPOA General Counsel, and Deputy Sheriff/Legal Advisor, Plumas County Sheriff’s Office