I think that Employee Opportunity Transfers (EOT) will finally happen again in the next 60 days.  Make sure your applications are updated.  Remember they expire on June 30th and need to be re-submitted on July 1st.  I don’t know if EOT will continue regularly, but I am trying to get them back permanently.  Unfortunately, every time they have academies, current agents are losing out on the opportunity to transfer to locations that are more desirable or just closer to their homes.  Management personnel moves continue removing more options by the time we get to have an EOT.

GPS negotiations occurred for three days several weeks ago.  We are not making any progress.  It appears the consensus from management is that that the workload associated with the new GPS policy can be done in a 41-hour week.  I want to thank all of you who took the time to send me responses on your perception of what can be done and possible proposals to make the process better.

We discussed the zones and curfew issues associated with these GPS caseloads.  These should be informational zones only, unless it is a condition of parole.  In those cases, the curfew should be informational only unless there is a nexus between the curfew and the parolee’s criminality.  The 10-mile zone on transients and other informational alerts generate a lot of busy work that takes away from good supervision of sex offenders.  There is discussion about two agents being observed on their entire work days by a retired annuitant PA III to ascertain if the workload is manageable.  I have submitted names for Robert Ambroselli’s consideration.

The rollout of the California Parolee Apprehension Team (CPAT) appears to be incomplete at this time.  The first academy for these teams occurred in April.   I continue to ask for additional negotiations to finalize this policy, but we have not yet received the entire packet for consideration. There have been significant changes since we originally negotiated this policy. 

The status of parole reform is unknown.  It appears that DAPO is preparing the pilot locations for implementation, however; again we have not received a negotiation packet.  As you can tell from this web entry and previous ones, DAPO is moving forward in many areas before we have negotiations.  This reinforces our belief that management is not giving consideration for true discussions on new work/policy.  There is a survey going out to the pilot program locations for agents to complete.  It is a voluntary survey.

The Physical Fitness Incentive Pay form needs to be submitted by June 30, 2010 if you have not already done so.  Make sure you submit your doctor’s signature on the appropriate form CDCR 3025 to continue receiving that pay.

The next Parole Agent Academy is scheduled for next month.  There does not seem to be a quick enough hiring process in some areas to get relief to the most impacted units.  It is unsettling that Region III has 350 points in one unit and 140 in another. 

Special Agents can pay dues and be a member of CCPOA.  They are assigned to the PAAC chapter.  They are eligible for legal representation and CCPOA Benefit Trust programs.  Our chapter currently has approximately 2.500 members of which include PSAs, parole agents, special agents, correctional counselors and a few correctional officers. 

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) is beginning a job analysis of the Parole Agent I classification.  CSA will be observing parole agents in the field performing the day-to-day job functions.  There is also an extensive survey/questionnaire, which appears to be very time consuming.  It is completely VOLUNTARY.  If you are required to do this survey, please let me know.  You should be compensated for this extra work if you are unable to complete it within the normal course of your day without adequate time to do routine/required work.

Internal affairs investigations continue unabated.  Workload deficiencies, ROS discrepancies, and off duty misconduct are just some of the issues.  There are reports of surveillance being conducted on agents.  Make sure you only document what you can confirm.  We all get behind occasionally, so remember it is better to have missed a contact than to guess when it was done and be wrong.  Dishonesty is the most common term we see these days and it is selectively enforced.

I have received numerous requests for my job steward training.  I will check with CCPOA to see when the next scheduled trainings will occur.  If none are scheduled I will request the training in the north and south areas.

Assembly Bill 2384 was opposed by CCPOA at the public safety committee of the legislature and subsequently did not get out of committee.  I represented PAAC and supported the bill.  I have tried to get a mailing list of PAAC members to do a survey on 830.2 PC and other pending issues affecting parole agents and PSAs.  CCPOA indicated they would not provide your mailing addresses to the PAAC Corporation, so I am unable to solicit everyone’s input on these crucial issues.  The PAAC board of directors are talking to their members and trying to represent what they believe the majority of the membership wants.  We will continue to try to get a mailing list compiled in the future to correspond directly to all of the PAAC dues paying members. 

We have two agents that received Gold Star Awards at the Medal of Valor ceremony on April 30th.  Parole Agents Jenaro Carrasco and Anthony Maes were acknowledged for rescuing a woman trapped in her vehicle following a serious automobile accident.

I have invited Mike Jimenez and Chuck Alexander to the next PAAC General Membership meeting.  I hope one or both will be able to attend to update us on furloughs and the political direction of CCPOA for the coming elections. 

 May 15, 2010
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