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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 3la LAW and ORDER ion Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Plumas County's acting probation chief was on the hot seat again last week after members of a community corrections committee blasted him for the way he is running his department. Chief Clint Armitage was on the defensive after District Attorney David Hollister and Public Defender Doug Prouty questioned why probation officers stopped making house calls six months ago. After probing questions from Hollister, Armitage acknowledged probation officers stopped doing field supervision and drug testing in April. Committee members said that was news to them. "I was not aware that probation was not working in the field until this morning," Hollister said during the Sept. 16 Community Corrections Partnership meeting in Quincy. "That's something you might want to share with folks in the future," he told Armitage. The acting probation chief said his officers stopped going to probationers' homes because there weren't enough trained officers to do it. He said it wasn't a change in policy. Armitage told the committee he is seeking $201,845 from the CCP's allotment of state funding to hire and train more officers. "We are trying to get money so that we can go in the ,field. That is what we are trying to do," Armitage said. Armitage's AB 109 funding request from the CCP is about the same as last year. However, some of that money has been annually returned to the CCP's fund balance because it hasn't been spent. Hollister suggested the money could be better used by the sheriffs office, since sheriffs deputies have been responsible for conducting probation checks. He added the probation department "has been doing field work for years with less staff than they have now." "The fact is, however we want to try to justify it or defend it, this is a new fact that has just come up," Hollister said. "This changes the game for how criminal justice is dealing with the people that they have to supervise. It certainly changes the game for the sheriffs office." Sheriff Greg Hagwood, a member of the CCP committee, was not able to attend the Sept. 16 meeting. Armitage insisted repeatedly that nothing has changed. He said he was frustrated that the probation department "takes the brunt of the beating every month" from the CCP committee. "For what? For nothing." he said. "We are trying to get funding so we can do our job. And that's obviously the big complaint from this committee here.., that probation's not doing their job," Armitage said. "What you want is exactly what I'm trying to get. But you are trying to stop me and then say I'm not doing it." 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Call me for a free quote on auto insurance. Jennifer Lewis Insurance Agent Lic #0G94962 252-5012 Fax 257-2394 email: jennifer.lewis2@goAAA.corn 2920 D Main St., Susanville CA "1 was not aware that probation was not working in the field until this morning. That's something you might want to share with folks in the future." David Hollister, District Attorney "supplant" money the probation department already receives. Armitage initially requested more than $300,000 so he could arm probation officers -- something the county has never done. The committee rejected the request because arming officers hadn't been approved by the Board of Supervisors. Armitage's current request includes funding for 2.5 officers. The committee has questioned whether AB 109 money can legally be used to beef up staffing. They said it could be considered supplanting and invite a state audit. Plumas County Auditor Roberta Allen said the probation department should account forhow it spends its money. But she recommended Armitage get the money he is asking for. "Probation has been given the same CCP funding since the inception (of AB 109 in 2011)," Allen said. "To take away the money would cripple a lot of the work that is being done with this population." The CCP committee agreed to send its budget recommendations -- which includes $201,845 for probation -- to the supervisors for their approval. The board was scheduled to review the CCP's $828,380 budget Sept. 22. The Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee was formed in 2011 as part of the state's AB 109 inmate realignment. One of the committee's duties is managing the county's AB 109 funding allocation from the state. The CCP committee is comprised of Armitage (the chairman), Superior Court Designee Deborah Norrie, District Attorney David Hollister, Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Public Defender Doug Prouty and Alcohol & Other Drug Services Director Louise Steenkamp. Officer shortage After the Sept. 16 CCP meeting, Armitage told Feather Publishing the probation department has a supervising officer and two deputy probation officers on staff. The supervising officer is also a juvenile probation officer. He said the two deputy officers (hired May 4 and June 22 to replace two who quit) have not completed the initial training that he said would allow them to work in the field. He said "optimistically" the two officers could begin doing field supervision early in 2016. "It actually depends on when I have the opportunity to start the field training (FTO) program," Armitage wrote in an email to the paper. "The Probation Officer FTO process can be from six to 10 months. It works a little differently than police or sheriff FTO programs. Previously, there has not been a structured FTO program implemented in this department. That will change once I receive the funding, equipment and officers to make it possible." 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