By Lt. Michael Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison
Avenal State Prison (ASP), Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) and the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) recently joined forces to help promote public safety.
ASP Warden Rosemary Ndoh and PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim worked with DAPO’s California Parole Apprehension Team to conduct a comprehensive compliance search at the Residential Multi-Services Center (RMSC) facility in Fresno, offering up the prisons’ combined Crisis Response Team as well as ASP’s Investigative Services Unit.
There were 38 participants who took part in the operation that also included Central District California Parole Apprehension Team, Adult Programs Unit, Fresno and Visalia parole agents, CDCR K9 Teams from California Men’s Colony, Substance Abuse Training Facility, Pleasant Valley State Prison and the Central California Women’s Facility.
During the compliance search, approximately 60 parolees were contacted and a thorough search of their person, room, and property was conducted. This operation was a successful collaboration from all members involved.
“We were asked by the Adult Programs Unit to conduct a search of their RMSC facility in Fresno. It’s a large facility that houses well over 200 (people). It was a huge undertaking but I felt the operation was a successful collaboration from all members involved. None of our personnel were injured and we all made it home safe that day,” said CPAT-Central District Parole Agent Tony Avila.
According to those who organized the sweep, “Although no dangerous contraband was seized as a result of this operation, this ensures the public is safe, the parolees are reminded that enforcement of a contraband-free area will be conducted randomly, and allows multi-agencies to share resources and intelligence.”