Penal Codes 13600-13603

Penal Codes 13600-13603

PART 4. PREVENTION OF CRIMES AND APPREHENSION OF CRIMINALS [11006 – 14315]

( Part 4 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1385. )

TITLE 4.5. COMMISSION ON CORRECTIONAL PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS AND TRAINING [13600 – 13603]

( Title 4.5 heading added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 136, Sec. 8. )

13600.

(a) (1) The Legislature finds and declares that peace officers of the state correctional system, including youth and adult correctional facilities, fulfill responsibilities that require creation and application of sound selection criteria for applicants and standards for their training prior to assuming their duties. For the purposes of this section, correctional peace officers are peace officers as defined in Section 830.5 and employed or designated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

(2) The Legislature further finds that sound applicant selection and training are essential to public safety and in carrying out the missions of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the custody and care of the state’s offender population. The greater degree of professionalism which will result from sound screening criteria and a significant training curriculum will greatly aid the department in maintaining smooth, efficient, and safe operations and effective programs.

(b) There is within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation a Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training, hereafter referred to, for purposes of this title, as the CPOST.

(c) (1) The executive board of the CPOST shall be composed of six voting members.

(A) Three members from, appointed by, and representing the management of, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, one of whom shall represent the Division of Juvenile Justice or the Division of Rehabilitative Programs.

(B) Three members from, and appointed by the Governor upon recommendation by, and representing the membership of, the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association. Two members shall be rank-and-file persons from State Bargaining Unit 6 and one member shall be supervisory.

(C) Appointments shall be for four years.

(D) Promotion of a member of the CPOST shall invalidate the appointment of that member and shall require the recommendation and appointment of a new member if the member was appointed from rank and file or from supervisory personnel and promoted out of his or her respective rank and file or supervisory position during his or her term on the CPOST.

(2) Each appointing authority shall appoint one alternate member for each regular member who it appoints pursuant to paragraph (1). Every alternate member shall possess the same qualifications as a regular member and shall substitute for, and vote in place of, a regular member who was appointed by the same appointing authority whenever a regular member is absent.

(d) The rules for voting on the executive board of the CPOST shall be as follows:

(1) Decisions shall be made by a majority vote.

(2) Proxy voting shall not be permitted.

(3) Tentative approval of a decision by the CPOST may be taken by a telephone vote. The CPOST members’ decision shall be documented in writing and submitted to the CPOST for confirmation at the next scheduled CPOST meeting so as to become a part of the permanent record.

(e) The executive board of the CPOST shall adopt rules as it deems necessary for efficient operations, including, but not limited to, the appointment of advisory members for forming whatever committees it deems necessary to conduct its business. These rules shall be in conformance with the State Personnel Board rules and regulations, the Department of Personnel Administration rules and regulations, and the provisions of the State Bargaining Unit 6 memorandum of understanding.

(f) The executive board shall seek advice from national experts, including university and college institutions and correctional associations, on issues pertaining to adult corrections, juvenile justice, and the training of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff that are relevant to its mission. To this end, the executive board shall seek information from experts with the most specific knowledge concerning the subject matter.

(g) This section shall be operative on July 1, 2015.
(Repealed (in Sec. 33) and added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 26, Sec. 34. Effective June 24, 2015. Section operative July 1, 2015, by its own provisions.)

13601.

(a) The CPOST shall develop, approve, and monitor standards for the selection and training of state correctional peace officer apprentices. Any standard for selection established under this subdivision shall be subject to approval by the Department of Human Resources. Using the psychological and screening standards approved by the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Human Resources or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall ensure that, prior to training, each applicant who has otherwise qualified in all physical and other testing requirements to be a peace officer the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, is determined to be free from emotional or mental conditions that might adversely affect the exercise of his or her duties and powers as a peace officer pursuant to the standards developed by CPOST.

(b) The CPOST may approve standards for a course in the carrying and use of firearms for correctional peace officers that is different from that prescribed pursuant to Section 832. The standards shall take into consideration the different circumstances presented within the institutional setting from that presented to other law enforcement agencies outside the correctional setting.

(c) Notwithstanding Section 3078 of the Labor Code, the length of the probationary period for correctional peace officer apprentices shall be determined by the CPOST subject to approval by the State Personnel Board, pursuant to Section 19170 of the Government Code.

(d) The CPOST shall develop, approve, and monitor standards for advanced rank-and-file and supervisory state correctional peace officer and training programs for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. When a correctional peace officer is promoted within the department, he or she shall be provided with and be required to complete these secondary training experiences.

(e) The CPOST shall develop, approve, and monitor standards for the training of state correctional peace officers in the department in the handling of stress associated with their duties.

(f) Toward the accomplishment of the objectives of this section, the CPOST may confer with, and may avail itself of the assistance and recommendations of, other state and local agencies, boards, or commissions.

(g) Notwithstanding the authority of the CPOST, the department shall design and deliver training programs, shall conduct validation studies, and shall provide program support. The CPOST shall monitor program compliance by the department.

(h) The CPOST may disapprove any training courses created by the department pursuant to the standards developed by CPOST if it determines that the courses do not meet the prescribed standards. Training may continue with existing curriculum pending resolution.

(i) The CPOST shall annually submit an estimate of costs to conduct those inquiries and audits as may be necessary to determine whether the department and each of its institutions and parole regions are adhering to the standards developed by the CPOST, and shall conduct those inquiries and audits consistent with the annual Budget Act.

(j) The CPOST shall establish and implement procedures for reviewing and issuing decisions concerning complaints or recommendations from interested parties regarding the CPOST rules, regulations, standards, or decisions.

(k) This section shall become operative July 1, 2015.
(Repealed (in Sec. 35) and added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 26, Sec. 36. Effective June 24, 2015. Section operative July 1, 2015, by its own provisions.)

13602.

(a) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may use the training academy at Galt or the training center in Stockton. The academy at Galt shall be known as the Richard A. McGee Academy. The training divisions, in using the funds, shall endeavor to minimize costs of administration so that a maximum amount of the funds will be used for providing training and support to correctional peace officers while being trained by the department.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), and pursuant to Section 13602.1, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may use a training academy established for the California City Correctional Center. This academy, in using the funds, shall endeavor to minimize costs of administration so that a maximum amount of the funds will be used for providing training and support to correctional employees who are being trained by the department.

(c) Each new cadet who attends an academy shall complete the course of training, pursuant to standards approved by the CPOST before he or she may be assigned to a post or job as a peace officer. Every newly appointed first-line or second-line supervisor in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall complete the course of training, pursuant to standards approved by the CPOST for that position.

(d) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall make every effort to provide training prior to commencement of supervisorial duties. If this training is not completed within six months of appointment to that position, any first-line or second-line supervisor shall not perform supervisory duties until the training is completed.
(Amended (as amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 310, Sec. 19) by Stats. 2015, Ch. 26, Sec. 37. Effective June 24, 2015.)

13602.1

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may establish a training academy for correctional peace officers in southern California.
(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 26, Sec. 39. Effective June 24, 2015.)

13603.

(a) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall provide 480 hours of training to each correctional peace officer cadet. This training shall be completed by the cadet prior to his or her assignment to a post or position as a correctional peace officer.

(b) The CPOST shall determine the on-the-job training requirements for correctional peace officers.

(c) The department shall provide a minimum of two weeks of training to each newly appointed first-line supervisor.

(d) Training standards previously established pursuant to this section shall remain in effect until training requirements are established by the CPOST pursuant to Section 13602.

(e) This section shall become operative July 1, 2015.
(Repealed (in Sec. 40) and added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 26, Sec. 41. Effective June 24, 2015. Section operative July 1, 2015, by its own provisions.)

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Senate Bill 1127

Senate Bill 1127

Amended IN Senate April 06, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

 

Senate Bill No. 1127

Introduced by Senator Hancock
(Principal coauthor: Senator Anderson
February 17, 2016

 

An act to add Section 13605 to the Penal Code, relating to correctional officers. the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training.

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

 

SB 1127, as amended, Hancock. Correctional officers: training. Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training: Internet Web site.

 

Existing law establishes the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and requires the commission to develop standards and training for correctional peace officers.
This bill would require the commission to establish an Internet Web site to include meeting minutes, agendas, and supporting documents.
 
The bill would require the commission to transmit live video and audio of all of its meetings via the Internet Web site. The bill would require the commission to include an archive of past meeting minutes, agendas, and supporting documents and the video and audio of past meetings. The bill would require the commission to include documents on the Internet Web site to provide employees and the public with greater access to professional development materials.


Existing law defines a correctional officer of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a peace officer whose authority extends to any place in the state while engaged in the performance of his or her duties. Under existing law, every person described as a peace officer is required to complete an introductory training course prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, as specified.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a blue ribbon panel of experts to review the curriculum of the Basic Correctional Officer Academy, as specified.

Digest Key

Vote: MAJORITY Appropriation: NO Fiscal Committee: NOYES Local Program: NO


Bill Text

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.


Section 13605 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

13605.

(a) To promote transparency and accountability, the commission shall establish and maintain an Internet Web site to include the following:

(1) Meeting minutes, agendas, and related supporting documents.
(2) An archive of past meeting minutes, agendas, and related supporting documents.
(3) Documents to provide employees and the public with greater access to professional development materials.
(b) The commission shall transmit live video and audio of all of its meetings via the Internet Web site, and shall also include an archive of the video and audio of those meetings on its Internet Web site.


SECTION 1.
It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a blue ribbon panel of experts to review the curriculum of the Basic Correctional Officer Academy and recommend changes, additions, and improvements to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, reflecting national and international best training practices.

 

Senate Bill 1127 (PDF)

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The Bagley-Keene Opening Acts

The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (“the Act” or “the Bagley-Keene Act”), set forth in Government Code sections 11120-111321, covers all state boards and commissions. Generally, it requires these bodies to publicly notice their meetings, prepare agendas, accept public testimony and conduct their meetings in public unless specifically authorized by the Act to meet in closed session. Following is a brief summary of the Act’s major provisions. Although we believe that this summary is a helpful road map, it is no substitute for consulting the actual language of the Act and the court cases and administrative opinions that interpret it.

A Handy Guide to The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act 2004

Guide to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act 2017 

Goverment Code Section 11120-11132

Veteran Benefits Program

Veteran Benefits Program

The Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training is pleased to announce the streamlining of the Veterans Benefits Program (VA Benefits) for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Benefits are available to qualifying Veterans that attend the Basic Correctional Officer Academy. Upon graduation, you may also qualify to receive benefits throughout the course of your two year apprenticeship. Please visit your local In-Service Training Office (IST) within your institution for more details.

At this time, not all institutions/facilities are approved to provide VA Benefits. Please contact your local IST at your particular institution to verify. If your institution is not permitted to provide benefits, you may have the opportunity to apply for benefits as far back as one calendar year once approval status has been given.

Veterans Benefits while attending Correctional Training Center (CTC) Academy

The CTC is an approved institution to provide Veterans Educational Benefits as a non-college degree for completing the 12 week Basic Correctional Officer Academy. During orientation qualifying cadets will be provided information regarding the application process. Below is a list of documents and information you will provide to the Veterans Liaison:

*Please note, only provide copies of these required documents when reporting to the academy

  • DD-214 Report of Separation from U.S. Military (you must be honorably discharged)
  • Name
  • Control Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Certificate of Eligibility*

*To apply online for a Certificate of Eligibility visit: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal or to have an application mailed please call: 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (888-442-4551)

If you are a current cadet and need more information, please contact the CTC academy’s VA Coordinator at (209) 744-5000. For all other questions please email CPOST.Mailbox@cdcr.ca.gov or visit your local IST Office.

Veteran Benefits (VA) Program (PDF)

Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Subject Matter Expert Program

Subject Matter Expert (SME) Program

Subject Matter Expert Definition:

A Subject Matter Expert (SME) is an individual who is recognized as exhibiting the highest level of expertise in performing a specialized job, task, or skill within an organization.

The credibility of lesson plans depends on the credibility of the SME. The role of a SME is of vital importance in identifying critical information that must be included in the lesson plan such as:

  • New policies that pertain to the lesson
  • Procedures that pertain to the lesson
  • Updated forms that pertain to the lesson
  • Supplemental documents that pertain to the lesson

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of full-time institutional experience in field of expertise
  • Three years of directly related work experience in the lesson plan subject matter
  • Directly related experience should be current (within the last three years)
  • SME should be of appropriate classification
  • Exemplary service record (no adverse actions in area of expertise)
  • Exemplary service record (no investigations pending)

Additional Qualifying Experience May be Obtained Through:

  • Education (degree or certificate in subject matter)
  • Previous experience as a trainer in subject matter
  • Recognition by the Department as an expert in the subject matter

Interested in Becoming a SME?

  • Determine what/which subject matter would best utilize your expertise
  • Discuss your interest with your direct supervisor
  • Complete the Subject Matter Expert Application and return to CPOST via US mail,email, or fax.

CPOST Contact Information:

10000 Goethe Road Suite B1, Sacramento, CA 95827

Email: CPOST.mailbox@cdcr.ca.gov

Fax: (916) 255-1099

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Subject Matter Expert Qualifications 

Subject Matter Expert Application 

 

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