California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Library


1601 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816-7083
Tel: 916-227-4837

Fax: 916-227-5271


Laurel Espell, Supervising Librarian
Tel: 916-227-3204

Marilyn Earhart, Sr. Librarian (Cataloging)
Tel: 916-227-4837

JoAnn Fujikawa, LTA (ILL, Archives)
Tel: 916-227-4852

Online OCLC, Lexis/Nexis, EBSCO

Collection Details

Subjects Covered: past/present/future of law enforcement; police operations & management; legal & regulatory issues for law enforcement; homeland security & terrorism; leadership & ethics; police culture; forensics; all types of police training; police & society; criminal investigation; police misconduct; police killed & assaulted; dispatchers.

Volumes: 12,000 including archives.
Online Catalog ( combines all collections.

Special Collections:

  • Command College Projects - papers produced by practitioners in POST's futures program.
  • Master Instructor materials - lesson plans developed by practitioners in POST's Instructor Development Institute, which cover all topics in police training
  • POST Archives - historic POST documents, all versions of POST instructional materials, studies & reports produced by POST staff.
  • POST Publications ( job analyses & reports produced by POST staff.
  • Law Enforcement Articles Database - abstracts of articles from practitioner and scholarly law enforcement journals not indexed elsewhere. These appear in the online catalog.

Other Services Classes on law enforcement research, copyright, etc.; research consulting and online searching for law enforcement agencies.
Inter-Library Loan Policy All ILLs are free. Lending to continental US only. Archives are not loaned, but sections may be copied. We can copy and fax to email.