A number of years ago, in agreement with the New York State (NYS) Department of Correctional Services, CAYSA requested and financially supported a comprehensive academic review and evaluation of New York's Basic Course for State Level Correctional Officers employed in state-operated correctional facilities/ prisons.
Members of the initial group consisted of representatives from NYS DCJS; the Empire State Law Enforcement Training Network, a statewide trainer's organization comprised of law enforcement, corrections, civil servant and public safety professionals; the New York State Sheriff's Association (NYSSA); and CAYSA.
As a dual member chapter of [ACA], CAYSA is committed and dedicated to individual advancement and professional development of all working members in the fields of corrections and criminal justice through participation in quality training and educational opportunities," said Michael Graziano, state chapter president of CAYSA.
On behalf of the Empire State Law Enforcement Training Network, it was a gratifying experience working with CAYSA, NYSSA and SUNY Empire State College to develop this initiative, which validates the educational content of the current training requirements," said Mark Rosenzweig, president of the Empire State Law Enforcement Training Network and a lieutenant with the Albany County (N.
Kelly began attending CAYSA
training symposia early in her 15-year career.
LaPolt has also served for many years as a CAYSA
representative to the ACA Delegate Assembly.
Walden has been a member of ACA and the Corrections and Youth Services Association (CAYSA
) since 2005 and is currently serving as CAYSA
In addition, I have already begun working on a proposal to my regional CAYSA representatives to financially help others in our region attend their first ACA conference.
ACA and CAYSA, along with the New York State DOCS, continue to offer me opportunities to share the knowledge that I have accumulated during my 20 years in the corrections field, and to continue to learn as well.
The New York DOCS and the Security and Law Enforcement Employees Council 82, AFSCME, the officers' union, have joined CAYSA in funding the project by accrediting the state's training academy and enabling correctional officers to earn credits for classes taken there.
College costs will be paid by the union and the officer taking classes, and CAYSA and the DOC also may input monies.
If the pilot program goes well, Williams says CAYSA will aim to offer the associate degree option to staff at every adult facility in the state, including non-uniformed staff.