CCPOA represents the more than 30,000 correctional peace officers working inside California’s prisons and youth facilities, and the state’s parole agents who supervise inmates after their release.
Since its founding in 1957, CCPOA’s mission has been to promote and enhance the correctional profession, protect the safety of those engaged in corrections and advocate for the laws, funding and policies needed to improve prison operations and protect public safety.
Over the years, CCPOA has won a number of key reforms, including psychological screening for new officers, additional training and improved safety equipment and practices.
CCPOA has a long, proud history of safeguarding the rights and welfare of the men and women it represents – dedicated professionals who do a tough, dangerous and essential job.
“The Toughest Beat”
The correctional officers represented by CCPOA work in a volatile world of warring gangs, drugs and violence, where they face the state’s most serious and violent criminals every minute of every day.
The stress can be suffocating, the danger unrelenting. On average, nine correctional officers are assaulted by inmates every day inside California prisons.
A common assault is “gassing,” in which inmates throw a mixture of urine and feces in officers’ faces, exposing the officers and their families to AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases common in prison.
Staff shortages and severe overcrowding add to the danger, forcing officers to work long hours of mandatory overtime, which hurts family life and jeopardizes prison safety.
CCPOA – An Active Community Partner
CCPOA supports a wide variety of public service organizations dedicated to helping victims, preventing crime, protecting public safety and advancing the corrections profession. These organizations include:
Minorities in Law Enforcement
Women Escaping A Violent Environment
National Organization for Victim Assistance
Prevent Child Abuse California
Community School Solutions
Crime Victims United of California
Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau
Polly Klaas Foundation
National Association to Protect Children
In addition, CCPOA members are active in their communities – coaching youth sports, volunteering for local service projects, distributing “Tuff Teddy” bears to young hospital patients and fingerprinting local children as part of CCPOA’s free “Thumbs Up!” child protection program.