Patrol Ops – Field Leadership – Sierra Madre

October 25 - 27, 2021   |   Sierra Madre, CA


Sierra Madre Police Department – EOC
232 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

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Class Hours

8:00am – 5:00pm

Course Control Number

POST Course Control #9100-41610-21-001

Course Description

The Patrol Operations Course is a foundation for the Critical Incident Response for Supervisors / Managers Course. This is a two course series that challenges students to increase their critical thinking capabilities during these events.

Gain the tools you need to be competent and confident as a newly appointed corporal, or sergeant through adult learning activities, scenario-based training and candid conversations with experienced front line leaders. Explore issues regarding leadership, professional standards, supervising field operations and use of force.

Fees and Registration: $315.00

The easiest way to register a group of individuals is using our online system. To choose group registration, click the registration link at the top of this page. Login to our system or create an account. Then, on the registration page, click the second blue button indicating group registration for your agency. On the following screen, click the green button that says “Register an Attendee” and search for attendees you wish to register. Follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

Cancellation Policy:

Effective 8/1/18

All cancellations and substitutions MUST be in writing and directed to the CPOA Training Coordinator @ All refunds will be processed within 30 days from the written date of the cancellation request.

Cancellations made 30 calendar days or more from the first day of your registered course will be refunded minus a $30 cancellation fee.

Cancellations made 29 calendar days to 10 calendar days from the first day of your registered course will receive a 50% refund.

Cancellations made 9 calendar days or less from the first day of your registered course are NOT eligible to receive a refund.

*Registrants who cannot attend a course are strongly encouraged to find a substitution.

Substitution Policy:

CPOA encourages you to make a substitution if a student cannot attend the course; substitutions will be accepted prior to the course in writing and on-site.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed with newly appointed Corporals or Sergeants, or Sergeants [with one to three years experience] in mind.

If you have more than three years experience as a Corporal/Sergeant, you should register for the Critical Incident Response for Supervisors / Managers course and build on the foundations you learned in the Patrol Ops course.


      John Tinder

John is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and recently retired from the Chino Police Department. John served in a variety of assignments and holds several advanced law enforcement instructor certificates. John is a court recognized expert in Police Policy and Practices, Use of Force, Less Lethal Weapons, Taser™ and Traffic Collision Investigation / Reconstruction. John’s critical incident experience involves the response, supervision and documentation of these events. He has excelled as a Use of Force Instructor and has extensive experience in analyzing Use of Force incidents. He is the recipient of the Medal for Bravery, three Life-Saving awards, and three Excellence Awards.   

John was a Field Training Officer for 25 years where he trained both sworn and civilian personnel. He also researched and developed several portions of the department’s Field Training Officer Manual. John instructs in the Officer Involved Shooting and Force Investigation Course for the California POST Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) Program. Some of those topics include, Lawful Force, Human Factors, and Arrest-Related / In-Custody Death Investigations. He is a Certified Litigation Specialist (CLS) in Police and Corrections and a Certified Force Science Analyst. John is the Founder / Owner of a training and consulting company, holds two Bachelor degrees and is currently working towards his Master’s degree. John considers himself a lifetime learner and makes every effort to learn from each course he attends or facilitates. John is an avid pilot and enjoys hiking and spending time with his family.


      Lieutenant Steve Bonini 

Steve Bonini started his law enforcement career with the El Cerrito Police Department and has been with the department for 21 years.  He has held positions throughout the department as an officer, detective, field training officer, patrol sergeant, traffic sergeant, and now as a lieutenant, currently as head of the Field Operations Division.

Steve has an BA in Organizational Management, a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership, and an instructor in Arrest and Control, Taser, Collision Investigation, Fair and Impartial Policing, and Procedural Justice.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session 246 and the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Point Leadership Program.


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