Class Descriptions


Active-Threat & Tactical Medical Response Training for Law Enforcement

This course offers comprehensive guidance on response, coordination, and communication, drawing from top-tier principles applicable to federal, state, and local agencies. Emphasizing the Tac Med mindset, preparedness, rapid decision-making, and precise patient stabilization techniques within seconds, the tactical medical training is paramount. The law enforcement objective prioritizes halting threats and administering immediate aid to the injured. Featuring classroom sessions, practical drills, and active-shooter simulations utilizing props for heightened realism, the course ensures a holistic learning experience.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM & PM at the Burbank Airport. Students can utilize the hotel shuttle from the hotel to the airport – Instructor Erik Franco, DHS Instructor, POST Instructor.


Arrest and Control Techniques

This course equips students with the requisite knowledge, skills, and competencies to effectively instruct Arrest & Control techniques. Students will gain understanding in the principles and application of force, foundational concepts of Arrest & Control, and relevant legal considerations. Additionally, they will hone their abilities in curriculum development, lesson planning, instructional methodologies, and the associated liabilities as instructors in an Arrest & Control tactics program. Through daily teach-back sessions, students will reinforce learned techniques by instructing fellow classmates. Proficiency in the physical aspects of arrest & control tactics will be demonstrated by students. Successful completion of this Arrest & Control Instructor Course fulfills Regulation 1070 outlined in the POST Administrative Manual.

The USA Judo P3 Arrest & Control Techniques Program integrates various disciplines such as Judo, grappling, and atemi waza. Emphasizing high-percentage techniques alongside a broad array of options, the program trains officers to identify and maintain advantageous positions during encounters. This enables officers to appropriately engage or de-escalate situations while always ensuring an exit strategy. Topics covered include agency protocols, respect for human life, de-escalation strategies, duty to intervene, and provision of initial medical aid.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday PM – Instructor Taybren Lee is an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, USA Jiu Jitsu National Team Member, Judo Instructor, and a U.S. Army & Air Force Veteran. 


Arson and Explosive Response and Investigations

When responding to an arson or explosive incident, patrol officers must maintain a heightened awareness of various critical factors to ensure an effective and safe response. Firstly, they should prioritize their safety and the safety of others by promptly securing the area and establishing appropriate perimeters to prevent unauthorized access and potential harm. Depending on the situation’s severity and immediacy, officers must assess whether an active or static response is warranted, considering factors such as the presence of suspects, potential secondary devices, or immediate threats to public safety. It’s crucial for patrol officers to recognize their limitations and promptly call in specialized experts, such as bomb squads or arson investigators, to handle intricate tasks beyond their expertise. Effective documentation of the scene, including observations, actions taken, and any evidence collected, is essential for subsequent investigation and legal proceedings. By remaining vigilant, prioritizing safety, and coordinating with specialized resources, patrol officers can contribute significantly to mitigating the risks and consequences of arson or explosive incidents.

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM – Instructor – Patrick Wills, Long Beach Fire Department, Orange County Reserve Deputy Sheriff


California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control

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This 4-hour class is offered Thursday PM – Instructors – Jennifer Ramirez


Civil Procedure for Law Enforcement

This class is designed to both update attendees on the many changes to Landlord Tenant and Restraining Order Law, as well as expose them to statutory requirements and procedures that many law enforcement officers have never been trained in. Recent legislation has reshaped how firearms prohibitions will be reported by the court and created new mandates for both the courts and law enforcement agencies.

After completing this four hour block the student will have a more complete understanding of civil law and procedures that law enforcement officers are faced with daily in patrol functions. The student will be able to identify statutory requirements and be able to properly complete mandated documents and reporting provisions.

The student will also have a comprehensive understanding of landlord tenant law. They will be able to ascertain where disputing parties are in the eviction process and apply appropriate remedies to a myriad of possible tenant and gratuitous guest situations.

The outcome for the student will be a greatly increased capacity for understanding civil law and procedures encountered in the field leading to more efficient resolution of civil disputes.

This 4-hour class is offered Saturday AM – Instructors Doug Richardson, Fresno Sheriff’s Department & Michael Motz, Madera County Sheriff’s Office.


Course Design & Presentations

 This course provides a fundamental exploration of the course development journey, spanning from inception to execution for short-term or hourly courses. It covers a range of topics, including crafting objectives, understanding adult learning principles, employing effective instructional strategies, offering guidance for instructors, initiating course design, devising engaging learning activities, constructing clear educational course outlines (ECOs), enhancing PowerPoint presentations, and obtaining POST certification for your course. Geared towards new or existing instructors and individuals tasked with training responsibilities within their agency, the course aims to establish a solid groundwork for effective teaching practices.

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM – Instructor Fred Johnson has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement training and building POST certified courses for his department, the police academy, and the California Police Training Managers Association of which he is the Executive Director


Crime Scene Management and Investigations

The significance of Forensic Science and the Crime Laboratory in criminal investigations has markedly increased owing to advancements in scientific methodologies and technology. Within my instructional segment, we will delve into several case studies, illustrating the progression from the initial crime scene procedures carried out by public safety agencies to the thorough examinations conducted within the forensic laboratory. Moreover, students will acquire comprehensive insight into pivotal physical evidence crucial to criminal investigations, alongside the technological advancements facilitating its detection at crime scenes and subsequent analysis in contemporary crime laboratories.

This 4-hour class is offered Saturday AM – Instructor – Jeremiah Garrido is Criminalist assigned to the Forensic Biology Unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Crime Laboratory.


Data Science to Solve Crimes

This course caters to individuals keen on delving deeper into the utilization of next-generation data aggregation systems for conducting investigations. It encompasses discussions on law enforcement data modeling and data science, techniques for data fusion and search, exploration of graphs, implementation of entity resolution (AI), and leveraging large language models.

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM & PM – Instructor – Benny Huang is a Broadmoor Police Department Officer, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Air National Guard.


Human Trafficking Investigations

In this comprehensive overview of laws pertaining to sex trafficking and commercial sex, we delve into the intricate mechanisms underlying these crimes. Exploring the complexities of victimology and suspect dynamics, we analyze the power dynamics and vulnerabilities that often characterize cases of sex trafficking. From the manipulation and coercion tactics employed by traffickers to the psychological impact on victims, this section provides a nuanced understanding of the issue. Furthermore, the instructor offers valuable insights into conducting effective investigations and operations, emphasizing the importance of evidence collection in securing convictions and dismantling criminal networks. By equipping law enforcement professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to combat sex trafficking, this block aims to contribute to the broader effort of eradicating exploitation and protecting vulnerable individuals.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM & PM – Instructor: Jason Collins


Internal Affairs Investigations

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This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM  – Instructor – Marlon Marrache


Investigative Interviewing

Introducing the Trauma-informed PEACE Framework: Investigative Interviewing of Cooperative People, which encompasses the Cognitive Interview and Conversation Management techniques. This comprehensive approach is designed to facilitate effective communication and gather accurate information from cooperative individuals. Throughout this training, we will explore various key aspects, beginning with an examination of the historical context that shaped modern investigative interviewing practices. Emphasizing the importance of requisite objectivity, we will delve into understanding memory dynamics and techniques for detecting deception. We will also cover strategies for conducting productive questioning to elicit valuable information. The training will walk through each phase of the PEACE Framework, including Planning and Preparation, Engage and Explain, Account, Clarify, Challenge, Close, and Evaluation, providing insights into best practices for each stage. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of trauma-informed investigative interviewing and enhance your skills in effectively managing conversations while respecting the individual’s experiences and sensitivities.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM & PM – Instructor – Bruce Pitt-Payne is 26-year veteran with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


Leadership Lessons Learned

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This 4-hour class is offered Friday PM – Instructor – John Turner


Managing Trauma Exposure and Building Resilience

This course examines the realities of trauma exposure for law enforcement personnel in the United States and discusses the short and long term impacts that trauma can have on an officer’s physical and mental wellbeing.  It further explores research surrounding effective coping skills that are successful at minimizing the negative impact trauma can have on individuals and finally focuses on the importance of building resilience and how to effectively do so.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM & PM – Instructor – Dr. Sandy Jo MacArthur is a retired Assistant Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department and a current Reserve Officer for LAPD.


Officer Involved Shooting – Training for the Fight

Throughout this instructional period, students will gain valuable insights into fostering awareness and establishing effective outlets crucial for the well-being of first responders, aiding them in navigating both their professional careers and personal lives. By the end of this block of instruction, participants will have attained the following objectives, aligning with the knowledge and skills imparted during the instructional sessions:

  • Strategize for managing daily events adeptly.
  • Gain an understanding of the dynamics of an officer ambush.
  • Recognize the impact of critical incidents combined with post-traumatic stress on both physical and mental health.
  • Develop coping strategies for dealing with loss and critical incidents.
  • Learn how to seek assistance from various support systems.
  • Identify triggers upon reintegration into the workplace.
  • Understand the long-term effects of stress specific to law enforcement roles.
  • Cultivate healthy healing practices, encompassing both physical and mental well-being.
  • Adopt proper dietary practices conducive to overall health.
  • Cultivate spiritual awareness as part of holistic wellness.
  • Access resources aimed at promoting and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

This 4-hour class is offered Wednesday PM – Instructor – Christopher Hoyer, Retired officer with the Phoenix Police Department.


Reading Body Language & Facial Expressions

Understanding body language and reading people is a crucial skill for many professionals whose jobs require interviews and interrogations. This workshop leverages state-of-the-art science about behavioral indicators that have been validly and reliably demonstrated as signs of critical mental states. Topics covered include knowledge and skill development to identify various behavioral indicators of specific emotions, cognitions associated with words or verbal phrases, cognitive processes, and overall arousal. Participants learn to apply this knowledge base and skills in interviews and interrogations and improve their abilities to gain insights about the mindsets of the interviewees by focusing on the world of nonverbal behavior evaluated in context against verbal output. Participants are also guided through a hypothesis-testing approach at thinking critically about how such evaluations are made, as well as learning the scientific bases of the behavioral indicators covered.

This 4-hour class is offered Friday AM – Instructor David Matsumoto, Professor of Psychology.


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.

This 8-hour class is offered Friday – Instructor: Jeff Dunn, POST Senior Consultant

is a Senior Consultant and the Reserve Peace Officer Training Delivery and Compliance liaison at P.O.S.T. He is a retired Chief for the Kingsburg Police Department.


Reserve Coordinator Update

This update class is intended to provide experienced reserve coordinators with a look at some of the changes brought about due to SB2 as well as address common issues seen over the last year that have led to questions and litigation within reserve programs.  In addition to a quick refresher on common topics of interest we will address the issue of training mandates, how a training matrix can assist you and options to get your training POST approved to meet CPT mandates.  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.

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday PM – Instructor: POST Senior Consultant Jeff Dunn is a Senior Consultant and the Reserve Peace Officer Training Delivery and Compliance liaison at P.O.S.T. He is a retired Chief for the Kingsburg Police Department.


Science Based Interview

This module serves as an introduction to Science-Based Interviewing (SBI), a course now integrated within the ICI Program and also offered independently. SBI equips investigators with the skills to meticulously plan and conduct ethical and exceptionally productive interviews, drawing upon the most current research findings. Whether interviewing witnesses, victims, or suspects, participants will grasp techniques for establishing rapport, applying principles of motivational interviewing, and honing active listening skills. Moreover, they will learn to execute effective cognitive interviews, employ methods for assessing credibility, and strategically utilize evidence throughout the interviewing process.

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM – Instructor – Jorge Ramirez is a POST Master Instructor and Captain with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.


Search and Seizure (Courtroom Testimony) 

Mr. Colello brings a wealth of expertise to the table, serving as a guide for officers grappling with the intricate landscape of search and seizure issues, Miranda rights, and investigative methodologies. With an astute understanding of the evolving legal terrain, he is adept at navigating the complexities from the field to the courtroom. Through the incorporation of videos, real-life case studies, and hypothetical scenarios, his teaching approach is both comprehensive and engaging. Encouraging lively discussions and active participation, Mr. Colello fosters an environment where officers can glean practical insights and learn the crucial “do’s and don’ts” essential for effective law enforcement practices.

 This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM – Instructor – John Colello is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.


Street Racing / Sideshow & Modified Vehicle Enforcement Training

This class will train officers on what to look for on modified vehicles as it relates to the import and domestic street racer and sideshow events and what vehicle code sections can be cited. In addition, the training will include sideshow culture, current sideshow trends, vehicle seizure court orders for reckless driving, court testimony, and information on 10751 CVC. There will be a hands-on portion of the training on modified vehicles.

This 8-hour class is offered Friday – Instructor – Officer Andrew Swank, California Highway Patrol. Please click here for a full bio.


Threat Liaison Officer (Certification)

The TLO Basic Course is the entry point to the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program. This course serves as the pre-requisite to join the TLO Team throughout California. The bulk of this course is consistent throughout the state’s five Fusion Centers which administer the TLO program. The JRIC version of the TLO Basic Course addresses specific demands placed on TLO’s participating in this Fusion Center’s TLO program. This course instructs students to function as a conduit of information between their agency and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center. This course includes information on the JRIC, introduces the TLO management personnel, structure of the National & California information sharing system, TLO expectations, certification procedures, training plan, risk management, reporting procedures, information handling and indicators; national, international and those specific to California and the JRIC’s area of responsibility

This 8-hour class is offered Thursday – Instructor Duane Tadlock, Reserve Police Sergeant, Placerville Police Department


Use of Force Documentation and Testimony

Effective report writing and testimony are paramount for investigators, as both can significantly impact the outcome of a case. Investigators must understand that what they do or don’t document in their reports can potentially be used against them in court. This underscores the importance of accuracy, thoroughness, and objectivity in all documentation. Regarding the use of force, investigators must be well-versed in the legal parameters dictating when force can be employed, under what circumstances, and in what amounts. Proper documentation of force incidents is crucial, including detailing the justification for its use and any relevant contextual factors. Furthermore, investigators need to be adept at preparing and delivering testimony in court regarding force incidents. This involves not only recounting the events accurately but also effectively communicating the rationale behind their actions and adhering to legal standards and procedures. Adequate preparation ensures that investigators can navigate the complexities of testifying in court with confidence and credibility.

This 4-hour class is offered Thursday AM – Instructor – Colleen Smith & Cory Brente


Victim and Witness Courtroom Testimony

Investigators participating in this program will acquire the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities imperative for preparing a compelling case for prosecution and delivering effective testimony in court. Through comprehensive sessions, participants will delve into applicable laws, jury instructions, and updates on case law to ensure they are well-versed in the legal framework surrounding their investigations. Moreover, they will gain insights into the myriad resources offered by the Victim/Witness Assistance Program and the California Victim Compensation Program, equipping them with the tools to support victims effectively. Techniques for crisis intervention and rapport-building will be explored, emphasizing the importance of sensitivity and empathy in victim interactions. Additionally, a thorough review of pertinent Penal Code sections will solidify investigators’ understanding of legal statutes relevant to their casework, ensuring they are fully equipped to navigate the complexities of the legal system.

This 4-hour course is offered Friday AM & PM Instructor – Raymundo Mendoza, Retired Chief Trial Deputy, Santa Clara County District Attorney