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Rob Bonta ~ Attorney General

Registering for: Electronic Surveillance Certification Course


Class Description:

This 8-hour course is for peace officers and qualified individuals assigned to intercept and record wire communications ("wiretaps"). This class covers the legal basis for California wiretap operations as well as the practical and tactical aspects of operating and monitoring a wiretap. Penal Code Section 629.94 requires successful completion of this course before seeking authorization for, or participating in, wiretap operations.

Who Should Attend:

Qualified individuals assigned to investigate narcotics, murder, solicitation to commit murder, gangs, bombing of public or private property, aggravated kidnapping, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes, and who will be involved in a court-authorized state wiretap.

Class Objectives:

Upon completion of this course and a written examination, students are certified by the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California to participate in wire intercept operations.

Class Outline:

  • General Legal Issues
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Pen Registers
  • Minimization Requirements
  • Preparing the Application
  • Obtaining the Order
  • Audio Minimization Exercise
  • Wire Room Procedures
  • Written Examination


This is a POST Plan IV reimbursable course and is free for Local Officers/Agents from POST reimbursable agencies only. For State and Federal Law Enforcement Officers/Agents and civilian linguists there is a tuition charge of $69.00, payable at the door. Payment must be check or money order made out to POST.

For additional information, please contact Tricia Nelson, Program Manager at or (916) 210-4442.

Instructor A Certified Instructor.

You can select a class from the list below for the date and location which is most convenient for you.

Start Date End Date   Status Location
10/03/23 08:00 AM 10/03/23 05:00 PM   Upcoming Newark Police Department -- Map
10/12/23 08:00 AM 10/12/23 05:00 PM   Upcoming Lake Natoma Inn -- Map
10/10/23 08:00 AM 10/10/23 05:00 PM   Upcoming Ontario Police Department -- Map
11/02/23 08:00 AM 11/02/23 05:00 PM   Upcoming Embassy Suites by Hilton, San Rafael-Marin County -- Map
12/05/23 08:00 AM 12/05/23 05:00 PM   Upcoming San Diego - HIDTA -- Map
12/12/23 08:00 AM 12/12/23 05:00 PM   Upcoming Los Angeles Clearing House -- Map
11/17/23 08:00 AM 11/17/23 05:00 PM   Upcoming Nugget Casino Resort -- Map