March 2015 Roundtable Report

San Joaquin County Probation Officers Association March 2015 SCOPO Roundtable Report

SJCPOA is pleased to announce that the Law Offices of Christopher W. Miller is representing the Association for discipline and labor issues. Chris has a vast amount of knowledge and experience related to the field of probation.

The County has yet to offer SJCPOA members a fair contract, and has made no real effort to work towards an agreement. Our contract expired on 6/30/14. Other law enforcement groups in the county are in similar circumstances.

SJCPOA has requested Meet and Confers on a number of policies. We are expecting the Department and County to adhere to a true Meet and Confer process.

Several members are concerned regarding a grant that the department was recently awarded: The R.R.E.D. Grant (Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities). While it’s understood that law enforcement and communities must bridge distrust, the advisors of the grant, The Burns Institute, appear to be an anti-law enforcement social justice political group. Many members believe their involvement could hurt the department. Their website contains anti-law enforcement rhetoric. Bernardine Dohrn, a founder of the Weather Underground, a domestic terrorist group in the late 60’s and early 70’s responsible for bombing government buildings and police departments, sits on the Burns Institute Board. She was placed on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list from 1970 to 1973. In her most recent interviews, she’s unapologetic for her involvement and wishes she could have done more.