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SDPD Training

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) was established by the California Legislature in 1959 to set minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement. The POST Program is voluntary and incentive-based. Participating agencies agree to abide by the standards established by POST.

Peace Officer Basic Academy Training

The Police Academy is the entry level training requirement for many California Police Officers. POST requires each Police Officer Recruit (POR) receive a minimum of 664 hours of certified instruction. The curriculum is comprised of 42 Learning Domains created to meet testing specifications for an Entry Level Peace Officer in the State of California. The Learning Domains cover multiple subjects including a few listed:

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Use of Force
  • Leadership, Professionalism & Ethics
  • Community Policing
  • Handling Disputes

The entire list of Learning Domain subjects can be found on the POST website.

San Diego Police Officer Recruits

San Diego Police Officer Recruits attend the six-month Police Academy at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute. Two thirds of the Police Academy is academics, and one third is physical training.

Police Recruits from the San Diego Police Department receive above and beyond the required number of hours POST mandates for entry level law enforcement. San Diego Police Recruits receive 928 hours of certified training during the Police Academy, 264 more hours of training.

SDPD Agency Specific Training

After the successful completion of the Police Academy, San Diego Police Officer Recruits receive an extra 118 hours of agency specific training to include: Crisis Response Training (CRT), De-escalation, Emergency Negotiations, Scenario Exercises, Emotional Survival, Effective Interaction and Communication, and Community Engagement with diverse Community Leaders throughout the City. Police Officer Recruits visit various neighborhoods and community groups to hear and discuss current issues. Community Leaders share their public expectation on the role of Police Officers serving in the City of San Diego.

All San Diego Police Recruits receive over 1040 hours of law enforcement class room and practical training in the Police Academy and during the Field Training Program.

The Field Training Program

The Field Training Program is designed to be a progressive learning process. The program consists of four evaluated phases of field training. Each phase is designed to be 4 weeks in duration. Field Training Officers provide coaching, mentoring, and immediate feedback to new Police Officers, resulting in a productive learning environment.

Advance Officer Training (AOT)

In order for Peace Officers to maintain their law enforcement POST certification and meet the Perishable Skills and Communication requirements, they must attend 40 hours of mandated training outlined by POST every two years. The following topics are required during this training period:

  • Use of Force/Defensive Tactics
  • Tactical Communications
  • De-Escalation Training
  • Domestic Violence
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Mental Health
  • Firearms

Update Training Completed on 08/2020

The San Diego Police Department is constantly looking at ways to improve how effectively we serve our communities and meet all mandates required by law. Most recently, all San Diego Police Officers were required to take the following training:

  • De-Escalation
  • Use of Force
  • Duty to Intervene

In addition, Chief Nisleit held a required meeting for all San Diego Police Supervisors and above to attend a mandated two hour training on De-Escalation and Duty to Intervene.

Supplemental Training

San Diego Police Officers are encouraged to attend courses and seminars related to their duties to increase their knowledge, maintain skills, prepare for future opportunities, and learn new concepts.

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