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SACRAMENTO, California — California's corrections department has a problem with off-duty prison guards brandishing or carrying firearms while they are intoxicated, the department's inspector general said Friday.
One correctional officer danced atop a bar while drunkenly flashing his gun several times at private citizens in the tavern.
Another drunken officer pointed a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun at a citizen's chest during an argument.
They are two of seven incidents since June 2014 that show the department needs to automatically and immediately revoke concealed carry permits for officers caught consuming alcohol while possessing weapons, the inspector general said.
"Such behavior is not only dangerous to the public but brings discredit to the department," Inspector General Robert Barton wrote in a report that tracks departmental and criminal investigations of Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees.
California correctional officers are designated as peace officers who are allowed to carry concealed weapons when they are off duty. Other state law enforcement agencies that grant concealed weapons permits already have revocation policies, he said, and he recommended the corrections department follow their lead.
It's the third time Barton has made the recommendation in the last 18 months, but the department said in its response that it is still working on "a statewide, comprehensive policy to address the issues surrounding concealed weapons permits."
Meanwhile, Barton said the incidents keep piling up:
— A correctional officer was found to have a handgun in his pants pocket when he was arrested for being drunk and urinating outside a business.
— An officer was arrested for child endangerment after he drunkenly left guns scattered around his house where his three children could find them, including a loaded firearm in a toy box.
— A drunken officer fired a shotgun into the ground outside his home.
— An officer driving drunk assaulted and threatened to shoot a citizen during an alleged "road-rage" incident. The same officer drove to another location brandishing a handgun.
— An officer was arrested for driving drunk after police found him crouched behind his parked running vehicle with his cellphone in one hand and a handgun in the other.
Barton wrote that the cases demonstrate an ongoing problem of off-duty officers having weapons while they are intoxicated.
He said the department also needs to develop tighter gun safety rules for on-duty officers, after incidents last year in which correctional officers accidently fired weapons. He said such cases should be routinely investigated.
CALIPATRIA — Five inmates were injured after a riot involving 60 inmates erupted at Calipatria State Prison on Friday, prison officials reported
No corrections staff members were injured in the riot, which started around 6:40 p.m. Friday when 60 inmates fought in the yard, according to preliminary reports.
Response teams from other areas of the prison converged on the scene of the riot, which took place in Facility C's general population Level IV yard, a maximum-security area, according to a prison press release. Staff was able to quell the violence and subdue the inmates after about five minutes. Responding correctional officers used pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber bullets to control the violence.
Two of the five injured inmates were taken to an area hospital for treatment, and one was admitted.
Inmate movement is limited as prison officials continued to investigate the cause of the riot
In my career in Corrections there seems to be a trend and that trend is that sometimes our Partners find themselves getting weak! I never understood how someone in our career field will throw away a good promising career with good pay and retirement, for the simple pleasures.
I don't know about you all, but at the "Dub" many of our partners are falling pray to the Va Jay Jay... I know some of you working the Men's joint are going through the same thing. Is it really worth your $80,000 salary???
So I ask you, would you put your partner in check and get him/her some help? Would you turn your buddy in? It seems every time a picture shows up at the gate, we all say "I knew that bonehead was dirty", but what did you do about it?
This does not go for just rank and file either! How many times have you heard a manager gets a DUI and it goes un-noticed or reported? We as boots on the ground are never privy to what kind of discipline is dished out. Many times we here of Supervisors/Managers crossing the line with staff of the opposite sex and yet nothing gets done about it. Is there really transparency in our Department?
How could any other Corporation or Employer get away with hiring based on Race or Sex? But yet we hear all the time that management will hire because they feel we need more lets say females or Hispanics or Black or Whites ect....... And yet go and report this kind of activity and see what happens to you. I can assure you, you will be "Black Balled". Yet not even other Managers that know this activity is going on will speak out about it..............................