Course Description

The Regional Training Center offers numerous different courses. Please select one of the categories from below:

Enforcement (POST)

This 16-hour course is designed to instruct law enforcement personnel in the lawful requirements of operating an emergency vehicle under normal patrol, pursuit and 'Code 3' conditions. The student will be instructed in the areas required by POST in order to meet the mandated training requirements in Penal Code Section 13519.8. The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of driver skills by successfully driving such courses as the Skid Pan, Hazard Avoidance Simulator, Emergency Braking, Offset Alleys, Serpentine, Code-3 and Pursuit course. This course meets the POST Perishable Skills Mandate for Driver Training/Awareness. Read More »
First Aid/CPR
The student will receive a 4-hour refresher training in blood borne pathogens, basic emergency first aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED); developing skills that will allow them to recognize, evaluate and effectively assist those persons in need of emergency medical care. This course meets the Blood borne Pathogens (CCR Title 8) and First Aid/CPR (Title 22) legislative mandates. Students completing the course may receive a nationally recognized 2-year certification card upon request. Read More »
Hate Crime/Racial Profiling Updates
This class defines hate crimes according to California and Federal laws and identifies the protected groups or characteristics of victims of hate crimes. The benefits of working closely with community contacts and witnesses are outlined, along with discussion of victim resources available statewide. Gathering evidence, investigation, and reporting of hate crimes is also detailed. This class teaches that it is in the best interest of everyone, especially law enforcement, to do their best in combating hate crimes.

This course will provide students with an understanding of what racial profiling is and the negative impact that it can have, not only on the individual targeted, but also on the entire community. The practice of racial profiling or bias-based policing can compromise public trust. Students will learn that stereotyping any group of people can lead to racial profiling or bias-based policing practices. Finally, students will be exposed to real-life examples designed to enhance their ability to critically analyze their own beliefs and distinguish between when race is a legitimate factor in identifying a suspect and when it is not. Read More »
SMSOTC Training
Staff Admin Website Admin training Read More »

Corrections (STC)

Temporary Holding Cells (POST/STC certified)
Temporary Holding Cells are inside almost all Law Enforcement buildings, but few are aware that Title 15, Section 1024 requires refresher training once every 2 years. This class will feature information on the following topics: Jail Operations Liability, Emergency Procedures, Minimum Jail Standards, Inmate Segregation, Suicide Prevention, and Juvenile Procedures Read More »
CORE Supplemental (56 hours)
This Course provides instruction regarding the areas of high liability in addition to the following topics: constitutional rights, ethics, contraband, gangs, emergency procedures, supervising inmates, cell extractions, mechanical restraints, safety cells, classification, and manipulation of staff. Read More »
The Wrap (POST/STC Certified)
The student will learn policy and procedure that allows the use of The Body Wrap, use of proper control techniques to minimize the injuries to inmates and staff, the proper placement of the subject into The Wrap, how to define the importance of working as a team in the placement of a subject into The Body Wrap, and what injuries a subject may experience if placement is not performed properly. Read More »


Less Lethal (POST/STC certified)
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Training Unit is presenting a 4-hour Less Lethal Weapons course that is POST & STC certified. The purpose of this course is to familiarize officers with the nomenclature, functioning and cleaning of the 40mm Launcher and/or SL-6 (37mm) weapon as well as the Department policies regarding its use. Officers will be instructed in the selection of proper target areas for this weapon and the distance restriction on some ammunition types. Read More »
Basic Patrol Rifle
This 24-hour course is designed to train individuals in the use of the patrol rifle or carbine. This course will enable the first responder an option now becoming the standard in Law Enforcement. Some of the topics covered are rifle safety, marksmanship, zeroing procedures, firing positions, ballistics, reloading drills, malfunction drills, proper use of the rifle sling, basic tactics, low light engagements, and cover. Each attendee will be required to demonstrate proper usage and safe handling of the rifle. This class was previously called Firearms/Basic Rifle Carbine Operator. Read More »
Taser Update
This is an update course in the use of conducted energy weapons including the X-26. Course contents include the effects of electricity on various biological systems including the central nervous system. Students review the Taser weapon systems, deployment, safety guidelines, equipment needs and case law regarding the weapon use. Read More »

Traffic Enforcement

Basic Collision Investigation
This Course provides instruction regarding the following topics: Statewide Traffic Records System (SWITRS), Scene Management, Safety Hazards, Definitions, Physical Evidence, RIMS, Measuring and Diagrams, Primary Collision Factors Read More »
This Course provides instruction regarding the legal and technical uses of traffic LIDAR systems. The course includes the history, operations theory, applicable laws and court decisions. The use and set up of hand held lidar units as well as visual estimations, court testimony, and practical field operations will all be covered in this course. Read More »
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST's)
The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Course is a comprehensive impaired driver detection course. The three-day course is designed to increase the law enforcement officer abilities to detect the impaired driver. This course meets the prerequisite for officers who wish to attend the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) Program. The class is offered free of charge to all law enforcement. Read More »

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
This is a 40-hour course where sworn law enforcement members will update their skills, knowledge and abilities including identification of the more common types of mental illness, skills for de-escalation of potentially violent situations, assessment of medication information, specifics on suicide intervention and a mental health system overview.  CIT training includes identification of the more common types of mental illness, skills for de-escalation of potentially violent situations, assessment of medication information, specifics on suicide intervention and a mental health system overview.  This training greatly enhances the provision of services to mentally ill members of the community as well as citizens who are in crisis, e.g. victims of crime, tragic accidents, etc. Read More »