Los Angeles Airport Police Officer John Youngblood has been certified as a master instructor by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
Youngblood, a 12-year veteran assigned to the training unit during the last three years, is the first Los Angeles World Airports police officer to successfully achieve this level of training, an Airport Police spokeswoman said.
“The Airport Police division is honored to have Officer Youngblood as part of our team,” Airport Police Chief Michael Hyams said. “He has raised our level of professionalism within the law enforcement community through his hard work, commitment and dedication.”
Youngblood earned the master instructor status after completing a rigorous academic program, and he is now certified to write training curricula for POST.
In 2007, the POST Commission created the Instructor Development Institute (IDI) to provide standardized, multi-tiered, multi-track programs to develop professionalism in law enforcement instruction. Students are expected to complete a significant amount of work outside of class and are responsible for providing work products and monthly reports to the team facilitator, who reviews the student’s products and provides feedback.
The master instructor certification process includes successful completion of various IDI courses at the entry, intermediate and advanced levels. The classes incorporate basic instructor certification, instructional skills, critical thinking skills, teach-back sessions, leadership coaching, and mentoring courses, among others.
Candidates are also required to design, develop and deliver a minimum of one 24-hour course that meets a demonstrated and POST-approved training need, the Airport Police spokeswoman noted.