Consistent with ACA's goal," to lead and to serve," CAYSA acts as a conduit of knowledge and learning for its members and the New York system in various ways.
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.
He traces his specific interest in certification to about 10 years ago when he began attending CAYSA's annual training conferences in his part of the state.
Kelly began attending CAYSA training symposia early in her 15-year career.
CV-TEC Security and Law Enforcement Academy provided the presentation of flags during the CAYSA
Region II Annual Symposium.
An active member of the New York Corrections and Youth Services Association (CAYSA
) since 1988, LaPolt served as conference chair for 10 years and an executive board member for more than 20 years.
In his current position on the Executive Board as the media coordinator for ACA/CAYSA, he edits the CAYSA Chronicles newsletter and the NY CAYSA Web site.
Walden has been a member of ACA and the Corrections and Youth Services Association (CAYSA) since 2005 and is currently serving as CAYSA vice president.., Region V, for New York state.
As chairman of CAYSA's newsletter, the CAYSA Chronicles, I am able to meet regularly with some of the very best people in corrections.
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.
In its own attempt to level the playing field for correctional officers without college degrees, CAYSA began to negotiate with Empire State College, one of New York's state universities, to set up an external degree program.
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.