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eFocus, Issue Number 53, March 6, 2007
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, State Director
Thomas H. Slater, Executive Deputy Director
Laura Bauer, Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue

  1. Caseload Explorer Counties Continue Training Series
  2. COMPAS Training for Trainers
  3. Operation “Rolling Fingerprint” Meets Local Probation Departments
  4. Fundamentals of Probation Practice , Graduates Complete 70 Hour Course
  5. Workforce Development Team Presents New York State Successful Program at NIC Re- Entry Conference
  6. ATI Work Group Streamlines Quarterlies
  7. YASI Long Term Validation Study Underway
  8. Awards and Events

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1. Caseload Explorer Counties Continue Training Series – AutoMon will complete a series of six monthly Caseload Explorer web training, Livemeeting, sessions for local probation departments. There are five remaining sessions to be held on the third Wednesday of each month @ 1:00 PM EST. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the Caseload Explorer Application with the aim of promoting familiarization with the system and addressing customer questions about recent changes and common issues. Upon completion of this training, probation officers in counties equipped with this valuable soft ware and management tool will be familiar with the Caseload Explorer’s navigation features and functionality including search, task and events tracker, and word processing tools. The intended audience for these sessions is departments which have Caseload Explorer installed. The topics to be addressed will be covered on the following dates: March 21 - Officers and Caseloads, April 18 - Client and Associate Functionality, May 16 - Case Attributes and Functionality, June 20 – Tasks and Events, and July 18 – Word Documents and Mail Merge. Please contact Walter Cogswell at Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us with any questions.

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2. NY COMPAS Training for Trainers Sites Announced – DPCA and Northpointe, Inc. have begun the first of train-the-trainer series for the NY COMPAS Risk and Need Instrument. These single day sessions are being held at the following sites from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: 2/28/07 (Orange County), 3/1/07 (Warren County), 3/14/07 (Livingston County), and 3/15/07 (Madison County). This series of trainings will be conducted by Northpointe staff, and will contain more material oriented toward the construction, statistical underpinnings, configuration, interpretation, and application of the new instrument. Pre-registration is not necessary, and staff may attend any training that is in the most convenient location. For more information please contact DPCA CCRIII, Walter Cogswell, at 518-485-5168 or email Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us.

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3. Operation “Rolling Fingerprints” Meets Local Probation Departments - Operation “Rolling Fingerprints” continues with DCJS staff working with County Probation Departments to perform the fingerprinting of probationers who were not fingerprinted at arrest, thereby providing a Criminal Justice Tracking Number (CJTN). This effort secured fingerprints from 18 probationers in Albany County, 10 in Rensselaer County and 5 in Schenectady County and now allows these departments to enter probationer information on the Integrated Probation Registrant System (I-PRS). The statewide I-PRS provides official notification to supervising probation officers of offender re-arrest for fingerprintable offenses. By doing so, the IPRS promotes offender accountability, improves probation management, and facilitates the accuracy of criminal history record information.

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4. Fundamentals of Probation Practice (FPP), Graduates Complete Expanded 70 Hour Course. Training Director Kathi Pallotta is pleased to announce that 24 Probation Officers from 14 Counties including Albany, Essex, Fulton, Jefferson, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Tompkins, and Washington were the first to receive their Certificates of Completion for the newly expanded 70-hour curriculum. The expanded curriculum is designed to provide new probation officers with “state of the art” tools for the delivery of probation services in their county. Warren County Probation Director, Robert Iusi joined State Director Robert Maccarone in awarding Certificates to the 24 Probation Officers.

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5. Workforce Development Team Presents New York State Successful Program at NIC Re-Entry Conference - Three members of the NYS DPCA Offender Workforce Development Specialists Team presented a workshop at the NIC Defendant/Offender Workforce Development Conference: "The Road to Reentry", March 4-7 in Charlotte, North Carolina, sponsored by NIC and partners. Cynthia Blair from DPCA, Elaine Kost from NYS DOL and Judy Sogoian from the Schenectady County Probation Department presented a workshop entitled Ready, Set, Work! and Retention Counts! This workshop provides participants with specific information in developing a job readiness program and/or a retention group for offenders, using the New York State Probation Model.

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6. Workgroup Revises ATI Quarterly Reporting Forms – Last October, a call for volunteers to participate in an ATI Quarterly Revisions Workgroup was sent to all ATI Program Directors and ATI Advisory Board Chairs. DPCA is grateful for the immediate response. The Workgroup, comprising representatives from each of the five ATI program types (Community Service, Defender Based Advocacy, Pretrial, Specialized Drug/Alcohol, and TASC) met on November 21, 2006 and streamlined the data elements collected on the Quarterly Forms and incorporated the tracking of Performance Milestones. The new Quarterly Reporting Forms are concise and better reflect the work accomplished by ATI. The group also discussed ways in which ATI programs and DPCA can better utilize this information for programmatic review and planning. The new ATI Quarterly Reporting Forms will be provided to programs in March of 2007.

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7. YASI Long Term Validation Study Underway - The YASI in New York State juvenile probation is now beginning its 7th year and is in 49 jurisdictions. As part of a grant through the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), a follow-up study is being conducted to examine long-term juvenile and criminal justice outcomes for youth assessed with YASI. The primary goal of the study is to examine the predictive validity of the YASI over a long-term follow-up period. A random sampling strategy was employed that drew cases from a base pool of close to 25,000 youth assessed with YASI. The final sample included 3,263 youth. Thank you to all participating YASI counties for their responsiveness in submitting outcome data. The results of the study will be shared with counties as soon as they are available. For more information contact Norma Tyler, DPCA CCR III at 581-485-5153 or Norma.Tyler@dpca.state.ny.us.

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8. Awards and Events

~Probation Officer Receives Letter of Appreciation - Alexandria Bay Police Chief Dan Sacco expressed the appreciation of his department, in a February 7, 2007 letter, for the outstanding efforts of Jefferson County Probation Officer James Larkin. PO Larkin was directly responsible for the closure of a burglary case in their jurisdiction. It was through PO Larkin’s rapport with his probationer that resulted in the recovery of several stolen weapons. He enabled the police to make felony arrests on five additional subjects, execute a search warrant on a residence in the village where one of the stolen weapons was recovered and other related arrests were made. He advised the police department that there had been a burglary in the village before they even knew about it.

~Nominations soon to be sought for State Director’s Award - Please watch future issues of eFocus for the call for nomination for this year’s State Director’s Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer. The State Director’s 2007 Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer is presented in recognition of exceptional service, dedication and professionalism performed by a probation officer which has significantly contributed to the field of community corrections and strengthened its role within the criminal justice and/or juvenile justice system. The recipient will receive this award at the August 2007 New York State Probation Officers Association Annual Conference.

~The Elmira Symposium for Community Corrections will be held April 19, 2007 at Elmira College, Elmira, New York - The topic of this years’ symposium will be Suicide Awareness,
Strategies for Staff, Friends and Family. Featured speakers will be Eric Weaver, Retired Police Sergeant with the Rochester Police Department, Brian Hart, Chemung County Director of Community Services, and Scott Forbes, Director of the Chemung County Mental Health Crisis Program. Registration will be held in the lobby of the Gibson Theatre. Registration Fee: $75.00 Professional, $55.00 Student or Spouse-Partner. A Continental breakfast will be served, along with a buffet lunch for attendees. For more information you may contact Chemung County Probation Director, John Sutton, at 606-737-2800, or jsutton@Co.chemung.ny.us.

~Financial Investigative Techniques Training offered - DCJS periodically trains police officers in current investigative techniques. Many continuing criminal enterprises could be more effectively prosecuted if the evidence of the activity is carefully documented, sometimes referred to as "following the money." In a cooperative effort between the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Multi Jurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force, there will be two, three-day courses on Financial Investigative Techniques held in the Capital District, April 23-25, 2007 and Buffalo, August 1-3, 2007. Please contact Senior Training Technician Molly Shultes at 518-485-5304 or by email at molly.shultes@dcjs.ny.gov for more information.

~Unarmed Defensive Tactics (UDT) Instructor School to be held - UDT School to be held from April 23-May 11, 2007 at D.O.C.S. Training Academy. Slots are being reserved for probation officers who are interested in receiving this training, This training is being coordinated by Ken LeBel, Officer in Charge of Unarmed Defensive Tactics School. Participants in the school will be both peace officers and police officers. Those interested in obtaining more information may, contact Ken LeBel at 518-489-9072 extension 5867. Candidates must produce the following prior to approval, completion of the registration application packet, available upon request from Carolyn Temple, NYS DPCA: Carolyn.Temple@dpca.state.ny.us or by phone at 518-485-2400. Submit signed medical release. Applicants must meet Cooper Institute Standards (per application packet) and be IDC certified.

~2007 NYSVAA applications now being accepted - 3rd New York State Victim Assistance Academy June 10-15, 2007 SUNY Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY. NYSVAA (the New York State Victim Assistance Academy) is an intensive 5 day program for people who work with victims of crime. Program participants get a multi-disciplinary foundation in the principles and practice of victims’ rights work, and an opportunity to network with other professionals and experts across New York State. NYSVAA is specifically designed for people with less than five years experience in victim rights’ advocacy, law enforcement, criminal justice, human services, health care, mental health or allied professions. Applications available at www.nysvaa.org OR info@nysvaa.org OR call 518-482-4222, ext 306 for more information.

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