The Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association and the Middle District of Florida Probation Office are proud to announce the 8th National Training Institute (NTI), Champions of Change in Community Corrections, to be held August 20 through 23, 2017, in Championsgate, Florida. The NTI provides some of the best and most applicable training available for United States Probation and Pretrial Services Officers. Registration is now open. Please click here to Register. Additional information regarding the NTI may be found on the NTI website.
National Law Enforcement Officers Week is this week, with May 15th designated as National Law Enforcement Officers Day. This year, one of our own was honored in a ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and at the Thurgood Marshal Federal Judicial Building in D.C.
U.S. Probation Officer Charles Venz, Southern District of California, was killed in the performance of his duties on October 2, 1979, after being involved in an automobile accident while conducting field visits.
This past Monday, May 15, Officer Venz was honored in a ceremony at the Probation and Pretrial Services Office (AO-PPSO), which was attended by his three daughters and brother, as well as several other family members. As National President of FPPOA, it was an honor and privilege to be invited, and be a part of the day and ceremony. The touching and heartfelt program included opening remarks by Julie Och, AO-PPSO, who coordinated the event. Comments were made by Lee Ann Bennett, Deputy Director of the Administrative Office; Matt Rowland, Chief of PPSO; and Chief Probation Officer David Sultzbaugh, California Southern. Also in attendance were Chief’s Advisory Group Chair, Chief U.S. Probation Officer Tony San Giacomo, Western New York, as well as several others from AO-PPSO. The ceremony concluded with comments from Officer Venz’s youngest daughter, Holly Ryan. Officer Venz’s name now appears on the National Law Enforcement Memorial wall. On behalf of all U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, FPPOA sends our thoughts and prayers to Officer Venz’s wife, daughters, brother and family as he is remembered.
In addition to U.S. Probation Officer Venz, our system has suffered the loss of two other officers and one support staff in the line of duty.
U.S Probation Officer Joseph Matt DeLozier (Oklahoma Northern) died September 9, 1935. While traveling for official business, he stopped at a gas station and upon exiting his vehicle to refuel, his firearm fell to the pavement and discharged, the bullet hitting him in the thigh and severing an artery.
U.S. Probation Clerk Marie Christopher Curtis (West Virginia Northern) died December 31, 1966. In the morning of December 27, 1966, a female parolee bypassed the federal building’s elevator and walked to the third floor, entering the U.S. Probation Office. There, the parolee shot Mrs. Curtis five times, before turning the gun on herself. Mrs. Curtis died four days later.
U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl (Indiana Southern) died September 22, 1986. On that morning, Officer Gahl conducted a home visit on a parolee with mental health and violent tendencies. He knocked on the parolee’s door with no answer, returned to his vehicle, and then returned to the house. The parolee exited the house and charged at Officer Gahl with a shotgun, shooting him three times.
We remember these four individuals who served our system. And we must always remember in all situations, remain vigilant, stay alert, be trained and be ready.
Myths & Facts - Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is a network comprised of the leading associations representing 90,000-plus probation, parole, pretrial, and treatment professionals around the country, including the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA), the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), and the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE).
This "Myths & Facts" package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document to help dispel three specific myths regarding the use of risk and need assessments within the criminal justice system. A description and relevant research to dispel each myth is provided. Our network believes that risk and need assessments currently provide the most accurate, objective prediction of the risk to recidivate. While risk and need assessments do not predict with perfect accuracy, they guide practitioners in the field towards the most accurate and equitable decisions available for safely managing justice-involved individuals. (source: https://nicic.gov/library/032859)
On March 22, 2017, the “Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017” passed the House Judiciary Committee. This closed a statutory "loophole" which previously did not include an authorization under 18 U.S.C. §§ 3154 and 3603 for probation officers to supervise civilly committed sexually dangerous persons who had been granted conditional release. The following was posted on the JNET.
Did you know that FEDS LEOSA coverage was created in response to concerns initially brought about by probation and pretrial officers? In 2011, FEDS received calls from officers concerned that agency authority would not extend to actions after hours if the need arose to protect themselves or their family. For the next 18 months, the FEDS staff studied LEOSA laws and liability exposure with the help of the leading attorneys in LEOSA-related casework, as well as the authorities and policies of active federal law enforcement officers across the government.
Washington, D.C.—Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017—a bill that will protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties.
“This commonsense, bipartisan legislation helps to ensure that federal probation officers have the proper tools and authority necessary to protect themselves from hostile individuals who may attempt to harm them or otherwise interfere while they perform their important work,” Senator Hatch said. “This bill also supports our men and women in law enforcement by freeing up precious time and resources for the local police, who will no longer need to accompany and provide backup for probation officers. Because many states already grant state probation officers authority to arrest third parties who forcibly interfere with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties, it only makes sense to give federal probation officers the same authority.”
Open until filled; applications received by February 24, 2017 will receive priority consideration. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
This position is open to all sources, including transfers within the Judiciary. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter of interest which explains why you have chosen to pursue a career as a U.S. Probation Officer, and what knowledge, skills and abilities you will bring to the position to benefit the Court and the Probation Office for the District of Rhode Island.
Download the Vacancy Announcement PDF here for details and how to apply.
2017 has brought some changes to the board of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA): new board members and a new enthusiasm. So often you hear, “We need you as a member,” and so many times we as a board hear “what is FPPOA doing?” Well, here is what is actively going on right now.
Extensive planning for the 2017 FPPOA National Training Institute (NTI) to be held at the Omni Orlando Championsgate in Florida from August 20 to 23 (you’re going to want to attend this event!); development of a survey to seek line input on the duties of our job, to be communicated to the AO for the next work membership study; attendance of FPPOA board at Probation Officer Advisory Group (POAG) meetings and Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)/National Institute of Corrections meetings; Line Officer of the Year presentations in the various regions; research on various issues related to officer duties; gathering of information related to officer wellness and stress reduction; and more.
Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities (Competitive Grant Announcement)
The Smart Supervision Program provides grants and assistance to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to develop and implement more effective and evidence-based probation and parole practices that effectively address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism.
The goals of the Smart Supervision Program are to develop and test innovative strategies and implement evidence-based probation and parole approaches that improve supervision success rates, thereby increasing community safety and reducing violent and other crime, reducing admissions to prison and returns to prisons and jails, and ultimately saving taxpayer dollars.
Download PDF - https://www.bja.gov/Funding/smartsupervision17.pdf
N-DEx is an unclassified national information sharing system that enables criminal justice agencies to search, link, analyze, and share local, state, tribal, and federal records.
- No fee
- Available 24/7
- Easy web-based access
- N-DEx contains incident, arrest, and booking reports; pretrial investigations; super-vised released reports; calls for service; photos; and field contact/identification records.
N-DEx complements other well-known FBI systems, such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Interstate Identification Index (III), and Next Generation Identification (NGI) that provide critical information to the criminal justice community. The information that would not be contained in those systems, i.e., incident and case reports, full Department of Justice (DOJ) case files, and corrections data, is available in N-DEx. N-DEx fills information gaps and provides situational awareness.