Office of Correctional Safety teams up with regional fugitive task force
By Don Chaddock, InsideCDCR editor
A murder suspect was recently apprehended by the U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, a group with some members hailing from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
An April 19 shooting in Indio left one man dead and authorities on the hunt for suspect James “Chip” Nathaniel. On May 21, at 3:30 p.m., Nathaniel was arrested in San Bernardino.
“OCS agents from the Fugitive Apprehension Teams are assigned to the U.S. Marshal Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and are cross-sworn as federal agents,” said Erin Parker, Special Agent-in-Charge with the OCS Fugitive Apprehension Team. “One of our agents was assigned as the case agent on this case and the OCS (team) was the primary agency responsible for investigating, tracking down and arresting parolee-at-large Nathaniel.”
The task force comprises state and federal agencies working together to apprehend fugitives. CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) Fugitive Apprehension Team participates in the task force and assisted in the arrest.
Nathaniel was arrested on suspicion of murder, felony spousal abuse, being a felon in possession of a firearm, making criminal threats and violating parole.
What is OCS?
The Office of Correctional Safety is a force of special investigators and parole agents who conduct complex investigations and surveillance involving escapees, inmates and parolees suspected of major crimes and/or gang activity, according to a previous InsideCDCR article.