Law Enforcement Satellite Training
Baratta, Rick, Law & Order
As far back as 1988 California's Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) was producing training videos and broadcasting them to law enforcement agencies and training academies state-wide through a satellite system. The broadcasts, which cover all of the United States, are available to anyone with a satellite receiver, although there are plans to encrypt the broadcasts in the future.
The Commission has purchased satellite receivers for more than 500 California law enforcement agencies and training academies to ensure that they are able to receive and record the training broadcasts; thus allowing them to accumulate a library of training videos.
POST contracts with a professional television studio, with producers, script writers and directors, to produce the programs. Two types of programs are presented each month: live telecourses and pre-recorded training videos, including case law updates.
The telecourses are produced in response to specific training needs, and require a combination of subject matter experts and video production personnel to complete the process. Each telecourse has a live interactive component, with a panel of topic experts and a toll-free number for callin questions. Examples of telecourses topics are: Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Controlling Violent Subjects, Missing Persons and more than 60 others.
Many of the telecourses were developed in response to legislative mandated subjects that the California Legislature requires all peace officers to be trained, such as: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Domestic Violence. These and other telecourses may be accompanied by a reference guide that is distributed to departments in advance of the telecourse.
POST's pre-recorded training tape programs consist of the latest training videos and case law updates each month. Videos are received from local police agencies, as well as nationwide, including federal agencies, to be broadcast on the POST network. An important part of the broadcast is "Case Law Updates." These portions of the program are produced by district attorneys' officers in Orange and Alameda Counties.
POST prints an annual video catalog that lists its video programs and more than 800 law enforcement related videos, including information on how to obtain them.
There are two ways of receiving PSTN video programs: