Wednesday, April 22, 2015

KVSP Inmate Shot

DELANO, Calif. - At about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, fire officials received reports of a gunshot victim at Kern Valley State Prison.

Kern County Sheriff's Department's Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt told 23ABC that the victim of the gunshot wound was an inmate.
The prison is located at 3000 West Cecil Avenue in Delano, Calif..

The prison is located about 2 miles southwest from North Kern State Prison where a correctional officer was shot in the chest on Monday

Tyler Townsend with the Kern County Fire Department confirmed that officials were headed to the prison to aide the inmate.
A medi-vac helicopter was called out to transfer the injured inmate.
The condition of the inmate is unknown at this time.
Authorities are very early in their investigation and are not releasing any more information at this time

Monday, April 20, 2015

Officer Shot at North Kern State Prison

DELANO, Calif. - Kern County Sheriff's Deputies say there was a shooting at North Kern State Prison. Just after 7 p.m. deputies said someone got near the prison gates, and starting shooting.
Officials at the prison said that anywhere between 15 to 20 rounds were fired and that one correctional officer was wounded.

Officials said that the bullets were flying over the responding officers' heads and that the injuries to the correctional officer don't appear to be life-threatening.
The prison is located about 36 miles north of Bakersfield in Delano.

The name of the correctional officer who was shot has not yet been released publicly.
Deputies locked down the area, had armed personnel surrounding the prison and shell casings were found around a vehicle near the prison.
Officials said that they believe someone from outside shot into the prison injuring the correctional officer.
From Highway 43 going east on West Cecil Way to Casey Avenue and all streets surrounding the prison were blocked off.
A count was conducted and all inmates were accounted for.
As of 11 p.m., officials were still searching for the shooter.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Seniority Verfification Period

Dear State Board Member,
This is an informational email regarding the current BU6 seniority verification period. The
following outlines Steps 1 and 2, which will require you, or your designee's participation.

Step 1:
Attached to this month's paycheck and 998A's was a Bargaining Unit 6 (BU6) Qualifying Pay Period (QPP) Verification Form.
Officers should review their seniority for accuracy. IF the officer feels there is a discrepancy in their seniority, then they will complete the form.
After completing the form, the officer will turn the form into the Personnel Assignment
Lieutenants Office (aka ATM Lt. Office). The ATM Lt. Office is responsible for maintaining a copy of the original form, and providing the BU6 member a copy for their records. The ATM Lt. Office will forward the QPP verification form to the Personnel Office.
The Personnel Office will verify the seniority score.

Step 2:
After verification by the Personnel Office, the employee will receive a Qualifying Pay Period
(QPP) Discrepancy form with personnel's findings and response via institutional mail.
If the BU6 member does not agree with Personnel's findings on the QPP discrepancy form, the member will contact the Chapter President or designee. It will be the Chapter President, or designee's responsibility to elevate the QPP Discrepancy form to CCPOA via the following email address: .
In this circumstance, the BIS workgroup had to develop a method which considered the
possibility of not self-reporting a beneficial seniority score error. The intent was not to utilize
this process to gain any advantage, but rather to allow the Union to interject and be part of the review process to insure fairness and accuracy.
It is crucial to retain a copy of the QPP discrepancy form

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Can we just get it Right! UseofForce

Labor Update - Jo Anne Billhimer, CCPOA Chief of Labor

Use of Force

The State has agreed to provide CCPOA with an Official Notice regarding the changes to the Use of Force policy. The Notice is expected on or before June. Although training has started, the implementation of the policy is being postponed until July 1. Any negotiated changes to the policy will require the State to retrain staff on the changes...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cop or Not a Cop, that is the question

The previous post caused some to debate on totally irrelevant matters.  But I did want to carry the debate on it's own thread.
For many years and even in the Academy "we" are referred to as Cops!  Now which ever you way you argue it, some will say we are and many will say we aren't.  My take on it is that we are definitely not Police Officers, I respect the job they do and frankly, our job is much different.  With that being said you can also make the comparison to Hwy Patrol and Policeman or School/Campus Police and Policeman.  You could even argue that the Sheriffs have somewhat of an understanding to what we do.
I spent many evening's giving outside Law Enforcement tours of CIM's Palm Hall and Central Facility.  I can tell you that they just shake their heads and say "I don't know how you guys do it?"

I think we all just fall under the Law Enforcement umbrella and all of us do different jobs!  That goes for Customs, Border Patrol, Probation and Marshalls.

Here is what a rider sent in: (you debate it)

 You say we are not a law enforcement agency? Well the truth is as much as you hate us, we are a law enforcement agency!! The problem is few people want to deal with the worst of the worst as a career.

Let me first say I feel sorry for the guy who passed away. Secondly, why is everybody on this site always defending CDCR that we are a Law Enforcement Agency. We are Dept. of Corrections. In your last 8 hours of work, what law have you enforced? I agree that you deal with the worst of the worst. Police Officers and Deputy Sheriff's dealt with the worst of the worst on a one on one basis prior to them being incarcerated. After arresting them and putting them in jail we did not play "313" and kick our feet up on the desk and sleep. We had to write reports, interview victims and witnesses and continue to answer calls for service. We dealt with the worst of the worst after he had just murdered his wife and child with blood still on his hands and pants. Child molesters? Worst of the worst? We know they are all in some type of protective custody. Worst of the worst for me is fighting a criminal on the ground...and losing because he is on meth or some other drug, and your back up is 10 minutes away. Not activate a garage door opener and people come running....hopefully running. Oh and pay? Doing all what I said at substantially less than CDCR pay. So keep telling yourself your a cop. Because you're the only one that believes it.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"The Job Made Me do it"

After years of alleged harassment and abuse at his job at a California prison, Scott Jones committed suicide in 2011. A note inside his truck, parked near his body, read: "The job made me do it."
On Friday, a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that Jones' widow, Janelle, brought against California's department of prisons, as well as a warden and two other high-ranking officials.
That lawsuit alleges wrongful death and a violation of Jones' First Amendment right to be free from harassment and retaliation.
In 2006, Jones' employer High Desert State Prison sent him to work in the "Z-unit," which houses the most dangerous inmates, according to the suit. There, he allegedly witnessed an array of horrific behaviors by officers — including strip-searching inmates in the snow, provoking fighting among the inmates, preventing them from showering, and failing to stop contraband trading, according to his widow's suit.
Jones' widow alleges he was relentlessly harassed for reporting these behaviors as well as other violations of federal and state law and that he was pressured to violate the rules himself. At one point, a superior officer allegedly coerced him to file a false workers compensation claim after Jones hurt his knee while "horsing around on duty."  
To ensure his quietness about the incident, Jones speculated, the same officer allegedly pepper sprayed him at close range in 2007.
"Does that mean you're going to rat me out now?" the officer said afterward, according to the suit.
High Desert State PrisonCalifornia Department of Corrections and RehabilitationHigh Desert State Prison
The prison "summarily dismissed," all of Jones' complaints. Even worse, the suit claims that supervisors falsely accused Jones and other guards working with him of various violations, including tampering with inmates' mail and using excessive force. Unnecessary investigations followed, the suits claims.
At one point, one officer called Jones and another officer working with him at home and told them to quit, according to the suit. Another officer allegedly told Jones he'd "thought about running [him] over and making [him] a hood ornament."
As a result of his treatment at the hands of his colleagues, the suit claims Jones started taking anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants. In July 2011, Jones reached his breaking point and allegedly informed the prison of his intention to quit. Various supervisors told him to "take a short leave to consider his decision to quit" and to take his complaints to High Desert's management. 
A day later, Jones hugged and kissed his wife and told her he was going to the prison to meet with two supervisors. When she called later that afternoon, however, neither had seen or spoken to him. Jones was soon found dead on a dirt road outside Susanville, according to the suit.
Several notes were reportedly found inside his car, parked near his body. One read: "The job made me do it."
In the last three years, the suit says, "no less than five correctional officers" from High Desert have committed suicide.
In his ruling Friday, Judge Troy Nunley found that Jones' widow can continue pursuing First Amendment claims against the prison, though he dismissed several other claims.
We reached out to the prison for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Main Table Negotiations begin Today!

DAI Update - By Chuck Helton, CCPOA Adult Rank and File Vice President

We had two important bargaining tables meet this week concerning "Get Down” procedures and

the Guard One system. Both had a lot of activity and proposals are being made on both sides. We

will have more information about these in the future. We also held an Executive Council meeting

that I attended.

We are also gearing up for main table negotiations to begin on Monday and we are prepared to

begin this process with our negotiations team and our side table representation.

Labor Update - By Jo Anne Billhimer, CCPOA Chief of Labor
MOU Main Table

The Main Table team has reviewed over 300 surveys submitted by the membership and is now

in the process of prioritizing issues and considering changes to the MOU.

Use of Force
The state and CCPOA met on March 17th on the new Use of Force policy. The parties went

through all aspects of the policy with the state's representatives explaining changes in

procedures and training. The parties are scheduled to meet again in late April.