2009 California Penal Code - Section 13600-13603 :: Title 4.5. Corrections Standards Authority

PENAL CODE
SECTION 13600-13603

13600.  (a) Commencing July 1, 2005, any reference to the Commission
on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training or "CPOST"
shall refer to the Corrections Standards Authority established
pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6024) of Title 7 of
Part 3. As of that date, the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer
Standards and Training is abolished.
   (b) 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.
   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 in the department.
   (c) The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation shall, with advice from the Corrections Standards
Authority, appoint a subordinate officer to serve as executive
director of the board. The subordinate officer shall serve at the
pleasure of the secretary. The subordinate officer shall appoint
staff as provided for in the annual Budget Act, beginning in the
2005-06 fiscal year.

13601.  (a) The Corrections Standards Authority 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 State Personnel Board. Using the psychological and
screening standards established by the State Personnel Board, the
State Personnel Board or the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Facilities shall ensure that,
prior to training, each applicant who has otherwise qualified in all
physical and other testing requirements to be a peace officer in
either a youth or adult correctional facility, 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.
   (b) The authority 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 authority subject to approval by the State
Personnel Board, pursuant to Section 19170 of the Government Code.
   (d) The authority 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 authority 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 act, the
authority 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 authority, the department
shall design and deliver training programs, shall conduct validation
studies, and shall provide program support. The authority shall
monitor program compliance by the department.
   (h) The authority may disapprove any training courses created by
the department pursuant to the standards developed by the authority
if it determines that the courses do not meet the prescribed
standards.
   (i) The authority 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 authority, and
shall conduct those inquiries and audits consistent with the annual
Budget Act.
   (j) The authority shall establish and implement procedures for
reviewing and issuing decisions concerning complaints or
recommendations from interested parties regarding authority rules,
regulations, standards, or decisions.

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) Each new cadet who attends an academy shall complete the
course of training, pursuant to standards approved by the Corrections
Standards Authority 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 authority for that position.
   (c) 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.

13602.1.  The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may
establish a training academy for correctional officers in southern
California.

13603.  (a) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall
provide 16 weeks of training to each correctional peace officer
cadet. Except as provided by subdivision (b), 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) If an agreement is reached between the department and the
bargaining unit for the correctional peace officers that this
subdivision shall apply, and with the approval of the Corrections
Standards Authority on how to implement the on-the-job training
requirements of this subdivision, the department shall provide a
total of 16 weeks of training to each correctional peace officer
cadet as follows:
   (1) Twelve weeks of the training shall be at the department's
training academy. Cadets shall be sworn in as correctional peace
officers upon the completion of this initial 12 weeks.
   (2) Four weeks shall be at the institution where the cadet is
assigned to a post or position.
   (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 Corrections Standards Authority pursuant to
Section 13602.

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