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Milpitas, CA (March 15) – How are our legislators performing in Congress? Residents of the 25th District Assembly, those from this city, Fremont, Newark, San Jose, and Santa Cruz, must be asking this question.
Ok, check this out! Probation officers from California selected Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D- Fremont) as Legislator of the Year. The State Coalition of Probation Organizations honored Wieckowski the other day, as the Legislator of the Year 2012 at a meeting held in Sacramento, according to Wieckowski’s Spokesperson Jeff Barbosa.
Wieckowski told the probation officers that, “This recognition is not just about me. It’s about our common goal to increase the personal safety of officers across the state”.
He was honored for his “dedication in advancing the standards for the betterment of probation officers and the improvement of public safety”.
The Legislature, last year, passed AB 1968, a bill he authored to allow for the arming of probation officers responsible to “high risk” offenders, but was eventually vetoed by California Governor Jerry Brown, despite bipartisan support.
Despite this, Wieckowski and the probation officers made important progress in raising awareness of the issue of increased caseloads for probation officers with the passing of AB 109 in 2011 which is the public safety re-alignment bill to help the state meet the prison inmate reduction set in place by the US Supreme Court.
Still looking after the benefits of probation officers, Wieckowski is hoping to get a new bill, AB 1040, approved by the Legislature this session year.