By Lt. M. Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison
Avenal State Prison (ASP) Warden Rosemary Ndoh and Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) Warden Scott Frauenheim entered into a mutual-aid agreement with the City of Coalinga Police Department for the first time in over 30 years.
Wardens from ASP and PVSP sat down with Coalinga Chief of Police Michael Salvador to hammer out details for a mutual aid agreement utilizing the prisons’ crisis response team for future operations. This was a monumental event as there has never been a strong, formal working relationship between Coalinga Police and the local prisons.
Recently, the ASP/PVSP Crisis Response Team participated in Coalinga community events to assist in beefing up security. Coalinga PD has also participated in events at ASP such as Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
With the working relationship that has been built in the recent years, and with the new leadership at the prison as well as the police department, a mutual aid agreement was drafted and signed. Other items of interest were discussed and the vision of each department was shared including the vision to work together to keep the community safe and provide excellent service inside and outside the prison walls.
Present at the PVSP Wardens conference room was Chief of Police Mike Salvador, ASP Warden Rosemary Ndoh, PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim, Chief Deputy Warden (A) Jonathan Buckley, Crisis Response Team Commander Greg Estrada, PVSP AA/PIO Ryan Anderson, and ASP AA/PIO Mike Tuntakit.