The CDCR Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) participated in the Los Angeles County Black Probation Officers Association Training Conference held earlier this year.

The Black Probation Officers Association (BPOA) of Los Angeles County Probation Department called the conference “Celebrating 48 Years of Collaboration and Partnership.”

Viera-Rosa at LA conf

DAPO Director Guillermo Viera-Rosa, center, at the Los Angeles County Black Probation Officers Association Training Conference.

DAPO Director Guillermo Viera-Rosa, who was a Regional Parole Administrator at the time, was a panel member at the General Session: “Criminal Justice Reform II: Community Policing.”

The session gave an overview of the various Community Policing programs in Los Angeles County and at the government level.  Also covered were organizational strategies, which support the partnerships and efforts by law enforcement agencies, community-based organization, and congress to address the immediate issues in the community. The issues include community policing and women in the criminal justice system.

Other panel speakers included Darrell Goode, President, NAACP Santa Monica and Venice; Joseph M. Gooden, Commander, Los Angeles County Sheriff Department; Margarita Perez, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Los Angeles County Department; William Scott, Deputy Chief of the South Central Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department; and Laura Walton, Superior Court Judge of Los Angeles County. Najuma Smith-Pollard, Program Manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, was the moderator.

The BPOA is one of the largest African-American law enforcement organizations in Los Angeles County. The BPOA partners with other law enforcement associations, corporations, community groups, and non-profit organizations to provide educational training, student scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities to its members.

BPOA embraces a diverse membership that includes sworn active and retired law enforcement personnel of different ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender classifications.

This course gave an overview of the various Community Policing programs in Los Angeles County and at the government level.  Additionally, the course covered organizational strategies which support the partnerships and efforts by law enforcement agencies, community-based organization, and congress to address the immediate issues in the community, including community policing and women in the criminal justice system.