As the Executive Director of CPTMA – California Police Training Managers Association, I am proud to be a part of this new and evolving law enforcement trainers’ organization. I spent over 10 of my 30 years at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in the department’s Training Unit. After retiring I worked for the Fresno Police Academy in charge of the Advanced Officer Training courses and Contract courses overseeing almost 100 law enforcement courses. I have served on several POST workshops and taught courses throughout the United States. I have seen the evolution of public safety training and know how important a Training Managers Association is.
CPTMA is the new name for CAPTO as we entered the 2020s. After a two-year transition, CPTMA became the nonprofit training association focusing on the California’s Central Valley and beyond. We have a very strong membership in both North and Central Chapters of the Central Valley. We soon hope to add a South Chapter inviting agencies from Kern County.
Chapter meetings include our local POST Consultant who reports to us on any special announcement or mandates from POST keeping us updated year-round. At meetings members can ask questions and seek help from our consultant regarding all matters related to POST and course certification. Many members find these face-to-face conversations clarify any concerns they encounter in their jobs.
Our Chapter Presidents and their staffs have a strong commitment to law enforcement training. They have a background not only as Training Managers, but instructors too. Our membership has a vast collective expertise that makes chapter meetings a true learning environment as well as enjoyable fellowship. So you can see how important this association can be to law enforcement training and standards.
We have great attendance at our in-person meetings and look forward to additional members joining this year. We conduct workshops like Training Needs Assessments (TNAs) that have been beneficial to our local departments and POST. If you are a law enforcement trainer or training manager, we invite you to join our association. Thank you and look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.
Fred Johnson - Executive Director