Parole Agent Association of California Meeting
SOUTHERN REGION, HOLIDAY INN ONTARIO AIRPORT
OCTOBER 1, 2016 (0900-1400)
1. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL: Meeting called to order at 0925 hours by President John Bostick.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT
EXCUSED YES / NO
PRESIDENT: JOHN BOSTICK
VICE PRESIDENT: DELIA REESE
SOUTHERN REGION: MESHAL KASHIFALGHITA
SOUTHERN REGION: MARK JOSEPH
SOUTHERN REGION: JACK HOOD
SOUTHERN REGION: JORGE ROBLES
NORTHERN REG: JOHN BATTLE (Y)
NORTHERN REGION: FERNANDO CISNEROS
NORTHERN REG: ANA ALEXANDER (Y)
TREASURER: ROCHELLE PENDLETON
SECRETARY: TIFANI LADUKE
CCPOA PAROLE REP: MIKE LOPEZ
2. READING / APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the April 16, 2016 meeting were presented. A motion was made by Jack Hood to accept the minutes as read/amended. Seconded by Delia Reese. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.
Amendments to the minutes: None.
3. TREASURES / FINANCE REPORT: The Finance Report was given by Treasurer Rochelle Pendleton. The current balance of the chapter accounts: $15,323.44 in checking and $ 44,029.99 in savings for a total of $59,353.43.
Proposed Expenditures: None.
A. DAPO Director Guillermo Viera Rosa: 3 Year Road to Excellence to share with everyone else the role of parole in the community and the supervision of violent and serious offender. Mr. Viera Rosa wants DAPO to be the leading authority on parole supervision and to implement the best practices for success. First element is acknowledgement that we need to adopt Family Systems Theory. DAPO needs to address the parolee‘s rehabilitation as well as their family/support system. Second, enhanced case management system to help transition from prison to the community. Focus on special needs- lifers, mental health, gender specific caseloads, etc. Third, ACA Accreditation will be sought after to highlight the department as a national standard. Fourth, staff enrichment, professional development and training to help agents prepare and become competitive for promotional opportunities. Updates need to be done to training/academy instruction. Last, technology needs to be updated (Smartphones) to supervise more efficiently and effectively as well as to provide enhanced safety.
During questions from agents, Mr. Viera Rosa acknowledged that not having the same level of consequence for violations is a frustration. However, administration will make continued efforts to provide alternatives to incarceration, programs and resources to utilize for the problem parolee. Agents are concerned that they won’t have the resources necessary to implement the 3 Year Plan.
Mr. Viera Rosa addressed the possibility of the Glock as a duty weapon. While he is not fundamentally opposed to the Glock he is not willing to move forward yet due to the current use/approval of several different weapons systems. Many have already purchased their own weapons and would be told they can no longer carry those guns.
B. Southern Regional Administrator Karen Thacker: Mrs. Thacker was asked about the possibility of expanding gang caseloads but advised that currently there is no funding to do so. They are currently doing cite searches to open additional offices, but there is no current plan to add more units. Site requests are with finance- looking to relocate Compton, Mid-City, South Bay to be closer to parolee population. Time frame is at least 16 months. Also looking at Chula Vista to move back to San Diego. PART moves are to be done on an ongoing basis based upon retirement, promotions, etc. Mrs. Thacker stated they are constantly looking at caseload size and balancing units/complexes. They are also willing to do 1 for 1 exchanges. PART moves will be done prior to academy placement. However, LA County cannot have all brand new agents all the time. Southern Region still has employees in “blanket,” but they are attempting to transfer to accommodate needs. There are no current plans to add PA II Specialists to the MCRP/CCTRP in Los Angeles County. Both are funded differently (DA I / DRP). Both are negotiated differently and staffed differently.
C. PAAC President John Bostick: Efforts are being made to be more frugal with PAAC funds so that dues can go directly back to the membership. PAAC gets $4/months per member. PAAC reps want to get out to the units more to interact and be more accessible to the membership.
5. REPORT FROM COMMITTEES:
A. Firearms Committee (Jack Hood): Conversation was about the Glock and who was going to pay for the weapon and ammunition. Transitioning to the Glock will take more training to account for lighter trigger pull, lack of safety, etc. The vest policy has also been discussed and updated by has not been signed by the director. Recommendations were made by the committee to modify certain requirements.
B. Legal Defense (Mike Lopez): Job steward training was recently provided that provided a lot of helpful information. Agents are encouraged to sign up any training that is offered as it provides assistance on how to interact with management and submit grievances.
6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
A. New MOU: Article 19 covers parole agents. There were improvements to PART and the sharing of vacant positions between administration and the union regarding vacancies. PSA duties are also better defined.
B. PART moves: Better documents are being created to allow for a more readable form. As Mrs. Thacker noted, PART is being done on a more fluid basis.
7. NEW BUSINESS:
A. There have been over 200 new hires/reemployments. The FTO process is still being renegotiated and updated. There is talks in progress regarding assigning modified caseloads to new agents to allow for better training.
B. Samsung cell phones: Samsung 6 will be introduced. Radios will be phased out. Call-ins from the field for an AM/PM check. Policy will be enforced when phones are issued. Policy still needs to be negotiated. Pilot process will be very important in pointing out issues and technical problems. Those problems need to be identified and fixed prior to mass dissemination. Current time frame is for every agent to have one by January. Phones will have GPS capability.
C. Prop 57: The Proposition will not have an impact on DAPO parole but may allow the non/non/nons to parole to PRCS faster. The goal is still to reduce the prison population. It will not change the factors that determine if the inmate paroles to DAPO or PRCS.
8. REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS:
NORTHERN: The representatives were receiving calls regarding IA interview and reps had to encourage them to have representation. Reps are having to explain that when policy is implemented, that doesn’t always mean it was agreed upon by the union. Administration can implement but the extra work needs to be addressed through overtime. Reverse seniority is being used to fill GPS positions. GPS caseloads are being audited and some agents were transferred to CPSRM units.
SOUTHERN: MCRP just opened in San Diego County which opens more PA II specialist positions. Overtime needs to be requested to help justify lower caseload counts. Agents should be requesting overtime in writing from PA III. If no response is received, follow up. Overtime should be requested for transports being ordered by the Judge in Los Angeles County Judge. In some units PA II’s were not carrying a variety of cases and had excessive CD cases.
9. GOOD OF ASSOCIATION:
A. Mayors from San Diego and Stockton routinely try to put propositions on the ballot to eliminate peace officer retirements. They pulled it off the ballot this year because they did not like the language. CCPOA has about $10 million in a PAC fund to assist candidates and fight for or against propositions.
Mark Joseph made a motion to adjourn. The motion was 2nd by Delia Reese. The motion passed by a unanimous vote. The meeting was concluded at 1220 hours.
Approved by the PAAC Board on: _____________________________
John Bostick, PAAC President: ________________________________ ______________
Tifani LaDuke, PAAC Secretary: _______________________________ ______________
Submitted by: Tifani LaDuke, PAAC Secretary
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Parole Agent Association of California Meeting Minutes- Southern Region