Title 4.5. Commission On Correctional Peace Officer Standards And Training of California Penal Code >> Title 4.5. >> Part 4.
(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
(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
(c) (1) The executive board of the CPOST shall be composed of six
(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
(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
(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.
(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
(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
(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.
(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
(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
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may
establish a training academy for correctional peace officers in
(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.