Friday, February 21, 1997

Psychological Screening for New Correctional Officer Candidate

All new Correctional Officer candidates for the California Department of Corrections (CDC) will undergo psychological screening prior to being accepted for training. It is expected the testing and evaluation will begin during the summer of 1997. "We believe this will improve the quality of our new recruits," said Thomas Maddock, Corrections interim Director. "It is a good tool other law enforcement agencies use, and we feel it is time Corrections uses it as well."

The proposal was approved by Youth and Adult Corrections Secretary Joe Sandoval. Negotiations have been underway for several months with another state agency which would conduct the psychological testing and provide candidate evaluations to CDC.

Thursday, February 20, 1997

Corrections Organizing Independent Internal Affairs Unit

The California Department of Corrections (CDC) is in the process of forming an independent Internal Affairs unit to investigate allegations of employee misconduct. The process has been underway for about six months at the direction of Youth and Adult Corrections Secretary Joe Sandoval who recently approved the proposed change. The unit is expected to be operational by July 1, 1997.

"We believe this model is consistent with other law enforcement agencies," said Thomas Maddock, Corrections interim Director. "We believe this will improve the quality and increase the credibility of CDC internal investigations."

The Assistant Director/Internal Affairs will report to the Director. Internal Affairs units in other law enforcement organizations report directly to the top leadership of the agency. Recruitment is underway for a person with extensive investigations background to lead the unit.

The current Law Enforcement Liaison unit, commonly referred to as Special Services Unit (SSU), will conduct investigations concerning inmate related issues such as prison gang operations.