September 30, 2016
Dear PEF Member,
This legislation is necessary to clarify the duties to be performed by New York State Parole Officers represented by PEF.
The bill amends Correction Law section 10 to clarify the job duties:
Recently, in the cities of Rochester and New York, parole warrant sweeps were conducted by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) by its Office of Special Investigation (OSI). However, these sweeps were primarily conducted by OSI staff, corrections officers and K9 officers working out of title. Parole officers’ roles were imited even though they already had existing knowledge and history with the warrant absconders who were being sought. The officers who conducted the sweeps were dressed in riot gear and armed with AR-15 assault-style rifles and shields. The community reaction to the raids ranged from fear to outrage.
These warrant sweeps serve as an example of why it is necessary to have the properly trained personnel carry out the job duties assigned to parole officers. Community supervision parole officers are best suited to collect absconders because they know the parolees and their families and are familiar with the community. Parole officers must be allowed to perform their jobs, and others should not be made to work out of title and carry out the duties of other employees.
This legislation will stop DOCCS from allowing other titles to perform Parole Officer duties.
Please take the time to call, write and/or email the Governor for this very important PEF legislation. You can contact Governor Cuomo’s office by phone at (518) 474-8390 or EMAIL comments here.
In all communications, please refer to A.10190 / S. 7862.
Additional information on the legislation can be found here
If you prefer to write a personal letter to the Governor:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
PEF MEMBER— THANK YOU FOR TAKING LEGISLATIVE ACTION!