First Watch: Badge brothers and sisters band together

SCC donates phones to soldiers, SAC serves food for Special Olympics, KVSP offers sweet treats

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Office of Public and Employee Communications

(Editor’s note: This is part of a series highlighting happenings around the department. E-mail items for First Watch to don.chaddock@cdcr.ca.gov)

From helping injured county correctional officers and military personnel to serving grub and offering trick-or-treaters some sweet treats, CDCR staff filled the need for good deeds up and down the Golden State.

INJURED OFFICERS GET HELP – Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) pitched in to help two Fresno County Sheriff’s correctional officers who were shot in the main lobby of the county jail. Along with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and Employee Action Committee, prison staff “banded together to assist our brothers and sisters behind the badge,” according to Lt. Matt Martin.  PVSP raised $8,000 through bake sales, burrito sales and prize drawings. “The efforts of each PVSP staff member and the local CCPOA was appreciated and should be acknowledged as exemplary efforts to support our fellow brothers and sisters. The check was issued to the Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Association which accepted the donation on behalf of both injured officers,” Lt. Martin said. …

CHARITY FROM CONTRABAND – Thanks to Lt. Robert Kelsey for passing on this tidbit. Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Investigative Services Unit recently donated 1,474 cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a charity providing free communication services to active-duty military members and emergency funding to veterans. The phones were seized by staff at SCC and the 20 conservation camps they oversee. Warden Joel Martinez said, “I am so proud of the hard work the SCC staff members do each and every day to keep these devices out of the institution and camps. Then to take an item an inmate may have been using to facilitate crimes in the community and turn that into something positive by helping the men and women of our military is an amazing opportunity.” Thanks for all your hard work, SCC! …

RED ROBIN, YUM – CSP-Sacramento recently served food and cleared tables to raise funds for Special Olympics of Northern California. Community Resources Manager Terese Giannelli tells us they had a great time at Red Robin in Folsom during Tip-A-Cop on Oct. 22. “Officers donned their uniforms and served up yummy food, lots of smiles, and great service at the local Palladio Red Robin. A big thank you to the Officers at SAC for showing once again their commitment to volunteerism and support for their community,” CRM Giannelli writes. Officers who participated included Laguna, Gandy, Tercero, Carlisle, Bullard, Collins, Miller, Greenhaulgh, Lt. Konrad, CEO Felder and Special Olympic athletes Mike, Toby, Gabby, Joe, Karina and Maddy. Well done, SAC! …

SWEET TREATS – Lt. Michael Betzinger tells us two of Kern Valley State Prison staff members helped the Delano Police Department with their annual safe “Trunk or Treat” event.  “Multiple agencies and organizations packed their trunks full of candy, decorated their vehicles and showed up to support the event.  KVSP had an excellent amount of candy donations from staff allowing Lt. Mike Phillips and Officer Dominique Dozer to be one of the last participants remaining with candy. It was the institution’s pleasure to be able to participate in this community based event,” Lt. Betzinger said.

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