Diana Mauch, Parole Agent I
Delta GPS parole agents recently turned State cars and a parking lot into a mobile work station to outfit parolees with new tracking units.
Delta GPS parole agents transitioned to a new GPS vendor in May, which required changing the monitor on each parolee.
GPS Mountain agents Mandy Autrey, who covers parts of El Dorado County, and Diana Mauch, who covers all of Amador and Calaveras counties, were faced with switching GPS devices on parolees living throughout the rural areas.
A large majority of their parolees live 45 to 90 minutes from the Stockton Parole Complex, and many have difficulty finding transportation to the parole office. One solution was to bring the office to them.
On the morning of May 25, agents Mauch, Adolfo Romero and DAPO Electronic Monitoring Unit Parole Service Associate (PSA) Amber Lee, met in Jackson, Amador County, in a parking lot behind a grocery store.
Using their State vehicles as work stations, they set up a card table and chairs for computers. Parolees lined up as Romero and Mauch deactivated devices, and PSA Lee began sizing the new devices for installation.
An Amador County sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 joined the operation. The gathering gave the deputy an opportunity to meet the local parolee sex offender population and conduct a few vehicle searches. It also gave the parolees an opportunity to see firsthand the collaboration between CDCR parole and local law enforcement.
Despite the unusually cool weather, the team continued to work. PSA Lee saved her State computer by grabbing her umbrella and placing it over the computer when a light rain began. Even the parolees started to laugh at the unusual circumstances.
Agent Mauch told her supervisors – Parole Agent III Susan Kane and PA II LaTonya DeShazier-Castillo – that the transition could not have happened successfully and swiftly without the team effort from Electronic Monitoring Unit PA III Steve Marshall, PA II Tae Shin, PSA Lee and PA Romero.
Agent Mauch said she appreciated that her supervisors allowed her to be creative to get the job done and work outside the “office box.”