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  • Robert's Reviews - September 2017
    Updated On: Sep 01, 2017
    ROBERT DAVIS, PBA Sergeant-At-Arms

    The month of September is here and summer is officially over. Last month, several inmates became sick after smoking synthetic marijuana. Anyone who has been dealing with inmates would know that they will try anything if they think it will get them high. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen inmates trying to pass off medication right after getting it from the nurse. These types of inmates need to be protected from themselves. This is why we don’t need to cut our sanitation staff from nine officers to three, because simple things like routine shakedowns and regular cell checks need to be done. This issue is something that the administration needs to address because the constant cutting of staff will lead to more incidents like this one. There was a reason the number was increased to begin with and that has not changed. 

    It’s funny to me how everyone who gets their opportunity to be in charge tries to change things with the objective of making it better when all they do is make it worse. If overtime is such a concern and you want to eliminate it, how about this - don’t stop your academy classes. You need at least five classes a year just to keep up with the people that are leaving. It seems that Correctional Officers, above and beyond fire and police, are leaving at an alarming rate. Officers in Corrections hardly ever complete the DROP program; they do a year or two and that’s it. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to convince friends and colleagues to hold out because they were doubling their money while in the DROP. They would always say it’s not worth the money, and that’s if they even made it to the DROP. Officers are even leaving this job for jobs that pay less money, just so they don’t have to deal with the stress. It’s just sad to see sometimes because we really lose some good officers this way. Maybe this new administration might consider doing exit interviews so that some changes can be made. 

    I was recently scheduled for some minor surgery and, after being questioned by the anesthesiologist, I realized that it might be a little more serious than I thought. Like most men, we seem to think that nothing can happen to us, but after reaching 50, you start to understand you’re not as invulnerable as you once thought. It was then that I realized that I didn’t have a will, power of attorney designee, or health care surrogate. Now listen up my fellow corrections family: these are things that the PBA provides for its members for free. Shame on me for not having it done sooner. I have been working at the PBA for over two years and it just never crossed my mind. But, I tell you what, it’s all been taken care of thanks to the PBA legal team. They walked me through the process and explained everything to me to ensure that my wishes would be clear to my family. It’s not a conversation that you want to have but it’s one that you need to have to ensure your wishes are respected. So, if I’m here at the PBA and it took me forever, how many of you out there don’t have your paperwork in order in case something happens to you? It’s a quick and easy process and again, it’s free for PBA members. (I know how you Correctional Officers like free stuff.) This is something that’s very important. Get it done. 

    As always in closing, stay safe out there.

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