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FPPOA Survey Findings – Spring 2018 News

Earlier this year, FPPOA conducted a survey to gather information from the field.  A series of questions was developed to obtain information on topics FPPOA hears about from its members, as well as non-members.  In no way was this survey a professional, long term, “survey company/academic” approach to gathering information.  It was simply a series of questions to gather information from the field.   

The survey received feedback from over 1,500 officers.  That’s nearly 25% of the probation and pretrial officers in our system, meaning about one out of every four responded.  We thank all of you for your time in responding.  This number signifies to us that the line wanted to be heard.    As FPPOA is the sole “voice” for Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, we proudly provide you with the following information gathered from the survey.   The survey was not intended to bring about dispute, but to bring about cooperation and a better future for our officers. 

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FPPOA - National Training Institute 2019 News

FPPOA is excited to announce the next National Training Institute (NTI) will be held in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel from August 25 to 28, 2019.   The board is already in the planning process and are ready to host 500 officers for this training, which will include having the entire hotel solely for our conference. Please mark your calendar! Registration will begin in the spring.

As you know, the NTI is a very exciting and well attended training program, focused solely on the job of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers. We achieved great success and popularity in 2015 when it was held in Scottsdale. We are very excited once again to bring this program to the District of Arizona.

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CDC Alert: Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids News

Summary

This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update is to alert public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). It is the second update to the original health advisory, HAN 384, issued October 26, 2015, which alerted the public to the increase in unintentional overdose fatalities involving fentanyl in multiple states, primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The first update to this health advisory was released on August 25, 2016 (HAN 395), describing the sharp increase in the availability of counterfeit pills containing varying amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, the continued increase of overdose deaths involving fentanyl across a growing number of states, and the widening array of fentanyl analogs being mixed with heroin or sold as heroin.

The current update includes information on: (1) the continued increase in the supply of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs detected by law enforcement; (2) the sharp rise in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and fentanyl analogs in a growing number of states, in particular the growing number of deaths involving the ultra-high potency fentanyl analog known as carfentanil; (3) the expanding number of poly-drug combinations implicated in opioid overdose deaths, which include non-opioids, such as cocaine; (4) the updated comprehensive guidance available to law enforcement and other emergency responders to prevent occupational exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs; and (5) updated recommendations for public health professionals and health care providers regarding prevention and response efforts.

Read the full article here: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00413.asp

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Pittsburgh, PA: Chief Probation Officer Job

The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is seeking a qualified individual for the full-time career position of Chief Probation Officer located in Pittsburgh, PA. The Chief Probation Officer administers and manages the daily operations of the U.S. Probation Office. The Chief Probation Officer is a Court Unit Executive who operates under the direction of the Chief Judge and the court. The position has an annual salary range of $145,914 - $194,331. The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is one of three federal judicial districts in Pennsylvania. The Western District of Pennsylvania is made up of 25 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. For a detailed position description, including representative duties, required and preferred qualifications, and instructions on how to apply, visit the court’s website at http://www.pawd.uscourts.gov/employment The Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position
Chief United States Probation Officer
Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Date opened
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Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week (July 15-21, 2018) News

July 15 through 21, 2018 is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.  If you recall your “Introduction to Criminal Justice” classes from college, you’ll remember that John Augustus, a boot maker and resident of Boston, is recognized as the “Father of Probation” and the first probation officer in the United States.  As the textbooks will tell you, in 1841, Augustus attended police court to bail out an acquaintance, who was a “common drunkard”.  The offender was ordered to appear in court a few weeks later for sentencing.   Accompanied by Augustus, the individual returned to court, sober and with a changed appearance.   At this time, Augustus began his 18 year career as a volunteer probation officer.  Augustus was credited with beginning the investigation process we now know in our system of probation.  He kept detailed notes on his actions and interactions with his probationers.  By 1858, Augustus has provided bail for 1,946 men and women.  Research indicates that only ten of this number forfeited their bond.  How about that recidivism rate! 

John Augustus

Upon reading several accounts of Augustus’ efforts, words such as “dogged persistence”, “zeal”, “compassion”, “respect”, “reform”, and “volunteer” appear.

On this 177th anniversary of the “Father of Probation” beginning his work in our field, the board of FPPOA recognizes that those same adjectives are within all of us.  Are these terms not the full description of our work in this profession?  Persistence, Compassion, Respect, Rehabilitation, and yes, how often are we “volunteering” our time. 

As the years add up for us in this career, and upon hearing of all the new ways we can perform our jobs as U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, we must reflect on the vision of the “Father of Probation.”  To add to the simple formula of Augustus, let’s add and emphasize the need for more officers and more financial resources.   Probation is a human interaction science.  It takes time for the officer to build a rapport and positive working relationship with the probationer.  This combination results in positive change.  (See recidivism rate referenced above.)

So during this Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, the board of FPPOA recognizes and thanks all of you for your hard work and dedication to our very unique profession. 

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North Carolina: Operations Supervisor (Clerical) Job

Position Overview: The United States Probation & Court Services Office for the Western District of North Carolina is recruiting for an Operations Supervisor (Clerical). This position will be stationed in the Charlotte office and will supervise the clerical staff for the district. This is not a law enforcement officer position and the duties are supervisory / clerical in nature.

The Operations Supervisor coordinates the workload of the Probation Administrative Assistants in the district and ensures the quality of their work. This position is responsible for training, overseeing, and reviewing the work performed by the Probation Administrative Assistants. The incumbent will function as a procedural resource in the district and as such, maintains expertise in PACTS, office policies, and procedures. This position may be required to back up staff in their absence and perform various administrative support duties as necessary.

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Position
Operations Supervisor (Clerical)
Location
Charlotte, North Carolina
Date opened
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FEDS Professional Liability Insurance Webinar (video) News

Recently, FEDS conducted a Professional Liability Insurance Webinar designed specifically for FPPOA members.  In this webinar, FEDS explained the liability exposures of Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, the coverage provided by FEDS professional liability insurance, and general reimbursement guidelines.  Below is a link to that recent webinar, in the event  you were unable to attend. 

https://youtu.be/9X89K6WCMH4

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Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation News

Original Article: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-043/veterans-history-project-hosts-panel-discussion-on-effects-of-ptsd-in-crime-and-rehabilitation/2018-04-19/

On any given day, 7 percent of the estimated 2.3 million people incarcerated in U.S. jails are men and woman who served in our armed forces

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The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.

The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month, will be held on Thursday, May 17, at1 p.m.in room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  Tickets are not needed but an RSVP is required. Reservations may be made by sending an email to ahub@loc.gov.

This event will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/LibraryOfCongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryofCongress.

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Rhode Island: Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Specialist Job

Position Summary: The United States Probation Office for the District of Rhode Island is accepting applications for a full time Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Specialist located in Providence, RI. This vacancy announcement is also open to existing U.S. Probation Officers seeking a promotion/transfer to the district.

The specialist is a resident authority for the district in supervising individuals with specialized risk/need areas, in addition to performing functions of a line officer. Specialists maintain current knowledge of monograph policies and procedures and remain current regarding developments in treatment services, community resources, contracting, drug testing, and/or technology associated with high risk cases under their supervision.

The United States Probation Office is committed to the goals, mission and values of the
United States Probation and Pretrial Services Charter for Excellence. Irregular working hours, including weekend work, may be required to support the Court, defend offenders.

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Position
Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Specialist
Location
Providence, RI
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Thomas Gahl Video

On September 22nd, 1986 Tom Gahl became the first United States Probation Officer to be killed in the line of duty. This video commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death.