Course Descriptions

Internal Affairs

This California POST-certified course provides an overview of the role that internal affairs plays in a law enforcement agency. Emphasis is on legal issues, case law, rights and responsibilities, California Peace Officers Bill of Rights, critical incidents, conduct unbecoming an officer, and a variety of other legal considerations.

Who should attend?

Association board members or anyone who might find themselves involved in providing representation or is interested in gaining more knowledge about the California internal affairs process. POST Plan IV if class is held in California. POST plan N/A if out of state.

Two-day class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Association Leadership

This course is designed to strengthen your organization by identifying and understanding the roles, duties and responsibilities of association board members. Participants will learn the skills necessary to deal with the day-to-day operations of running an association, from parliamentary procedures to fiduciary duties. Additional subject matter includes defining an association, organizational models, conflict resolution, corporate responsibilities, financial management, the duty of fair representation, bylaws, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of association board members.

Who should attend?

New or current board members who have not attended or need updated training, anyone interested in becoming a board member or who would like to become more knowledgeable in the subject matter. Participants are requested to bring a copy of their association MOU, bylaws, budget and/or annual report. Association Leadership is being offered two separate times during the year, to assist both association boards that take office at the beginning of the calendar year and those that take office at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Two-day class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Basic Collective Bargaining

An introductory course to collective bargaining, providing the participant with an overview of the collective bargaining process. This course will include legal analysis of laws related to collective bargaining including Meyers-Milias-Brown, analysis of positional and hard/soft bargaining as compared to interest-based bargaining, how to prepare for negotiations, basic contract costing, and defining what is good faith bargaining. Hands-on bargaining exercises, including contract costing, will help to prepare the participant for negotiations. This course is intensive and demanding. Participants should be prepared to put in additional hours to those identified below.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in negotiations or who would like to become more knowledgeable about the negotiation process. Attendees will need a calculator and one copy per attending association of their association MOU. This course is a prerequisite for the advanced collective bargaining course.

Three-day class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Advanced Collective Bargaining

A brief review of the basic course will precede a comprehensive program designed to go beyond the negotiation of an MOU. Attendees will also learn to file grievances when the MOU is not followed, as well as how to deal with the issues that occur outside the MOU process. Less theory and more hands-on negotiating will be the focus of this course. Participants will progress through a series of increasingly difficult training exercises developed to progressively increase their negotiation skills. Attendees will learn to deal with monetary and no cost items resulting in a bargaining agreement that addresses the needs of the members and the city/county. This is an intensive and demanding course.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in negotiations or who would like to be more knowledgeable about the negotiation processes. Attendees must have completed the Basic Collective Bargaining course. It is strongly encouraged that participants bring a laptop with an Excel program and one copy per attending association of their association MOU and their department’s grievance procedure.

Three-day class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Political Action/PAC Management

Political Action

This class will look at the value and future of political action and political action committees (PACs) as they pertain to the law enforcement community. Participants will learn the value of establishing a PAC and receive an overview of the current rules governing campaign and PAC expenditures. Learn how to author a bill and how a bill becomes law. Also covered will be an overview of the legislative process, current legislation affecting law enforcement, how to interpret proposed language, campaign strategies, and your legal and fiduciary responsibilities.

PAC Management

This class will begin with a review of the state campaign laws contained in the Political Reform Act of 1974 and the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Participants will work from the PORAC Political Action Committee (PAC) Guide, which will provide required information and documents necessary to establish and maintain a PAC, including definitions of legal terms, commonly asked questions and answers, record-keeping requirements, state and county filing addresses for campaign reports, tax rules, sample completed state and county filing addresses for campaign reports, sample completed federal tax forms and sample completed state campaign reporting forms.

Who should attend?

PAC members, association board members or anyone involved in the decision to establish a PAC or gain more knowledge about the political environment and process.

Two-day class, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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