Saturday, February 6, 2016

Glock Standard lowered!

I wanted to post my thoughts on the new Glock Transitional training that is not only going on at CIW but at institutions across the state. I have to say from the jump, that the training was very intense and required a Correctional Peace Officer to give his/her all or failure could be an option. It all depended on if you were willing to put the work in and do a little extra outside of the scope of your comfort zone.

No more shooting stances that probably haven't been updated since the original prisons! The course of fire teaches you how to not only complete the course of fire but it also teaches you to know your weapon and understand how it functions. You are being taught that the target is a adversary and not just a silhouette standing still.

Most staff are receiving 16 hours of dedicated weapons training, with a classroom setting of 4 hours. I'm sure all the institutions are training by the book and staying with the lesson plan. But I have to say JG, Sean, Cortina, Colon, Diyorio, Spicey Mike and Eugene did a fantastic job in getting us prepared for the training. They obviously have our backs and are doing such a great job in providing the valuable training. Sergeant JG especially is taking this training to heart and is showing great passion in helping us get through the training!

You better be prepared to cycle and fire anywhere from 300 to 500 rounds depending on your needs. (hollow points, at a cost of about $35 a box) I'm sure the State is spending a lot of money up and down the State to get us all trained in the coming year. I have to give credit to CDCR and those that brought us into the modern weaponry of the modern era in law enforcement. Now maybe we won't get those looks when we see our brothers out at the hospitals carrying our Barney Fife .38!

I've always consider my self pretty proficient in weapons (having been prior Military) but I have to say I was challenged on the new Glock course of fire. During the early practice I probably wouldn't have qualified, it took a few times of practicing the course of fire before I could feel comfortable enough to qualify. You will be task to fire 45 rounds and you must score at least a 36, it sounds easy but trust me, it took a great level of concentration to complete it. I can tell you we probably had a fail rate of about 30% in the first few of weeks (Glock 22 training started first of the year)

So today (Friday) the class came in a bit anxious to shoot and qualify. We went out and did a couple more practice lines of fire. Then we all were brought back into the class and an announcement was made. That the Glock Team received an email from the powers at be, And it basically said until further notice, the Glock qualifications are being lowered to a qualifying score of 31 rounds!!! The disappointment in our IST Glock team was evident! You see they were working so hard to get us all qualified and they showed so much passion in the training and it showed.

I have to come to my own conclusion that the State couldn't afford to have all these requals and spend all this money not to have folks qualified on the Glock. I heard a lot of rumblings that some in the class thought the Union may have had something to do with lowering the standard. As a proud CCPOA member and activist; I sure hope this is not the case! Some suggested that the union couldn't have its members be possibly terminated for not qualifying within the year time frame. I personally believe like many things that CDCR does the decision was driven by the almighty dollar and to me that was the bottom line.

In closing make sure you purchase a magazine loader. Also, make your off duty weapon the Glock 22 or Glock 23 and go to "Proforce Gun Store" in Brea and pick up the weapon, they currently have them with standard sights and 3 magazines for $399.99. Especially if you have a few years left to do. The retention holster we will be using is pretty tricky to use at first, it does get easier but you can see if hangs folks up. Get with your Armory Officer they can suggest products you can pick up on your own.

Again if your serious about your career these are just items you should have in your bag of tricks to "stay ready"!

"Standby" "Threat"!!!

Have a Safe 8

Friday, February 5, 2016

A problem we need to deal with in CDCR

I understand that two more CO's have taken their own lives in recent days and while I don't know the situations I feel confident in taking an educated guess.

PTSD and Depression is rampant among the ranks of CO's. I would also bet that there isn't a person statewide that doesn't personally know at least one, probably more than one, officer who has taken their own life.

Personally, I can count off the top of my head 3 that were my friends and even more that I knew in passing.
The profession has a very real problem and I can tell you from personal experience (as its what led to my early retirement) its a taboo one, that people "say" they want to talk about but really......they don't.

Most officers do what I did for very long time. They suffer in silence because they are confused about whats wrong, they are denial of whats wrong and they hate the idea of being seen as or feeling, "weak".

There is also very real retaliation that comes with the admission of the problem both from administrative policies that treat you like a dangerous loose cannon AND some partners, who judge your struggles as weak, or faking, or both, accusations I had levied against me.

Luckily for me I had a great core of friends who didn't cast judgement and an even stronger family who encouraged me to get better even when I myself was still flatly denying the issue and the idea that it had gotten to me.

I responded to countless incidents ranging from murders to rapes and even had attempts on my life more than once. I saw countless people killed, maimed and saw more than I can count of partners being horribly hurt. I received awards for valor and even repercussions for the same. I took pride in being tough, being known as tough and volunteering to be in the middle of everything.

And then, my body and brain, said no more. It was the most terrifying, humbling and ultimately liberating experience of my life and its led me to be overly open and honest about it in hopes that someone else can see and seek the help that more than likely saved my life and that so many others haven't gotten which has led to the end of theirs.

There is a reason our partners are taking their own lives and their is a reason, the ones that make it die on average 4 years after retirement. There is a necessity to address it both as individual members and I think as a Union if not department as a whole.

It takes more than a saying "hey, if you need help get it" or saying "call me if you need to talk". Because most people suffering are too confused or scared of the backlash to do either.

It needs to be openly embraced and addressed as a family who not only looks out for each other but also demands action from both the Union and Department to produce avenues for people to get help and not lose everything they have suffered through walking the toughest beat in the state, both economically and their reputation.

If this doesn't happen, you might as well get used to attending these funerals and seeing families ripped apart by these tragedies because it won't stop or slow without it.

These people taking their lives aren't thinking of others when they do it, but I can assure you they are in mental and physical pain born of chaos that most cannot even fathom.

Look, I know we (me and the Union) have a volatile history, but I have moved on and i have passed out apologies to those I felt I wronged and probably owe some more to others. But this is bigger than us, its bigger than pride or position.  It's the systematic genocidal attack on the members of what is loosely called our family and it effects not only the officers but their families as well.

With that said, if the Union or Department ever wants ideas from someone who lived it and made now where to find me.

RIP to the officers and may their families one day find peace as well.  May all of you have safe shifts and fulfilling lives.

Ian Pickett
CCPOA Member
Retired Chapter

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

RIP Officer John Abraham (HDSP)

One of our Partners who works at HDSP was killed in a solo car accident on February 01, near Reno NV.

The young brother started his career as a CDCR Cadet on October 06, 2014.  After he graduated he began working at High Desert State Prison.

Officer John Abraham will be missed by all.  The Riders up and down the state send their thoughts and prayers.

Have a Safe 8 (behind Gods Gate)

Monday, January 25, 2016

3rd Death at KVSP

Third inmate death at Central Valley prison in last 3 months

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 - 3:57 p.m.
DELANO -- Officials at a Central California state prison are investigating the third suspected inmate homicide there in three months. 
Kern Valley State Prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said Monday that 30-year-old Brandon Lowrey was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday night and later pronounced dead. 
He was serving a 10-year sentence from Tulare County for robbery and transporting drugs. 
Officials say his cellmate is considered a suspect. 
The prison houses nearly 4,000 inmates in Delano, north of Bakersfield.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Update on Pension Reform

Special CCPOA Mailer - January 19, 2016

Proposals to limit California public pensions won't make November ballot

For the third time in five years, an effort to put a government pension measure before voters has stalled for lack of money.

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio announced Monday that they are backing off plans to qualify a proposal for the November ballot. Instead, they said in a joint release, "we have decided to re-file at least one of our pension reform measures later this year for the November 2018 ballot."

Labor unions, which opposed Reed and DeMaio's pension-change campaign, fairly rejoiced at the news. In a press release that labels Reed and DeMaio's ideas as "extreme," expensive and destabilizing to California's public pension systems, union coalition spokesman Dave Low questioned whether "donors will have any confidence in these two failed politicians who have repeatedly bungled efforts" to put a proposal on the ballot.

This is the third time in five years that efforts have stalled to allow Californians to vote on measures to limit public pensions.

Reed and DeMaio's announcement was the latest in a decade-long string of failures to put a pension measure before Californians, although both men were behind successful local ballot measures in 2012 that aimed to cut into pension costs that they said had eroded their respective cities' core services.

Reed, a Democrat, tried to capture his momentum with a 2014 ballot proposal, but failed. Last year, he teamed with DeMaio, a Republican, and filed two proposals for the November 2016 ballot, intending to select one after they polled the language applied to each by the state.

One measure would have put employees who first join a public pension system on or after Jan. 1, 2019, into 401(k)-style retirement savings plans that guarantee fixed contributions from employers instead of guaranteeing retirement payouts by government agencies.

The second measure would have capped how much employers could pay for new hires' retirement benefits to a certain percentage of their salary. For most new employees, employers could contribute no more than 11 percent of base compensation to pensions, or a maximum of 13 percent for police, firefighters and other public safety workers.

Voters at the state and local levels would have had the power to override the downgraded benefits or the cost caps at the ballot box.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

State Employees Pay 2015 Data base

The SacBee is at it again!  Here is the 2015 State workers Payroll.  Just type in your name, I found it easier to leave it at "all departments", I couldn't find my name under Corrections.  You can type in any State Employee and see what they made last year....

Sunday, January 10, 2016