Hurricane Harvey Support (FPPOA)

FPPOA has received several inquiries from its members asking how they could help those effected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We have recently been in touch with Chief Shane Ferguson, Eastern District of Texas, who has sent out the below email and link. If you would like to assist, this below link will help those officers and staff directly effected by the hurricane. We at FPPOA send our thoughts and prayers to those in Texas, as well as those in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Florida, and the southeast coast who are potentially facing a long weekend as well.

"I appreciate the many kind words and offers of assistance you have made. Many have asked how you can be of help; therefore, I am sending this out to you to do with whatever you deem appropriate. We have set up a Go Fund Me account to assist those that may need financial assistance. There will be some significant needs - for example, one officer whose house had up to seven feet of water had no flood insurance (he was not in the 100 year flood plan). The funds will be dispersed proportionately to those who need it. 

Obviously, this is a voluntary campaign and I am trying to be very careful to ensure that I am not soliciting money, rather I am just providing a way for people to help. If you feel comfortable in sharing with your staff, please do. If you do not, I understand that too.  Again, thanks for all your kind words and offers of help." 

www.gofundme.com/eastern-district-flooding-fund

 

Officer Safety - Fentanyl Exposure

CINCINNATI —

For the second time in three days, law enforcement officers in Cincinnati had to be rushed to the hospital.

On Friday, two Hamilton County probation officers came into contact with what's believed to be the powerful opiate fentanyl.

As a result, a county government building at 800 Broadway became a kind of bio-hazard site for about an hour.

Click for the full article and news report.

Turning Leaf Project Provides T-Shirts for Upcoming NTI

At the upcoming NTI in Championsgate, Florida, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase t-shirts containing the FPPOA logo. These shirts were printed by Turning Leaf of Charleston, South Carolina. Turning Leave serves men who have been assessed at a medium to high risk of incarceration to change their attitudes, thinking and behavior so they can adapt successfully to community based living without re-offending. Turning Leaf runs an in-house screen print business, which teaches a trade to men recently released from prison, and is a training ground to prepare them for job placement in the community. FPPOA has partnered with Turning Leaf on these t-shirts, in order to support their mission and goals.

Learn More at TurningLeaf.org

FPPOA Connection Newsletter - July 2017

In This Issue

  • President’s Message
  • 2017 FPPOA Training Institute Information
  • Welcome to the Sunshine State
  • FPPOA Remembers U.S. Probation Officer Wendy Koontz
  • Going the Extra Hour
  • Field of Vision
  • Can Certified Instructors Teach Techniques Not List in US Court’s ORT Lesson Plan?
  • Probation & Pretrial Officers Train at State-ofthe-Art Facility
  • Future Budgets & Employee Benefits
  • Executive Board Contact Information
  • FPPOA Regional District Representatives
  • FPPOA 2017 Budget
Newsletter PDF (Members Login to Download): 
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FPPOA Enters into Academic Partnership with Marist College

Great new benefit announced for FPPOA members! FPPOA has partnered with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York who offers a Master Degree in Public Administration. As you will see by the attached document and link, this program has been utilized by many law enforcement agencies and many U.S. Probation Officers in the northeast. However, you do not have to live near the college to take advantage of this opportunity, as the program is online, in person, or a hybrid of both. If you’ve always had the interest in pursuing your Master’s Degree, check out this program.

From Marist: As a way of saying “thank you” to the many FPPOA officers all across the country, FPPOA has entered into an academic partnership with Marist College. Marist is a highly rated private liberal arts college offering special tuition pricing for all association members and their immediate adult family on select graduate and adult undergraduate programs, many of which are available 100% online.

Partnership Benefits

  • Association member save over $17,000 on the NASPAA accredited Masters in Public Administration degree. In addition, members and their immediate adult family will receive a 25% tuition discount on all other eligible graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs. For a complete list of eligible programs and discounted pricing, visit the eligible programs and pricing page at marist.edu/admission/graduate/eligible-programs.
  • We offer options for full-time and part-time master’s and bachelor’s degree programs offered 100% online, in-class, or a combination of both.
  • Enjoy state of the art classrooms for our bachelor’s and master’s programs offered on our main campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. We also offer a classroom-based MPA option at our satellite locations in Queens and Albany, NY.

Qualifying students must be 22 or older upon admission and applying through graduate admission or adult undergraduate admission.

Additional information about Marist, the partnership, and our programs can be found on the FPPOA discounts and benefits page (FPPOA membership and login required).

National Law Enforcement Officers Week - Honors and Remembrance

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.

 
Craig Penet
FPPOA National President

 

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