A Message from CPOC on COVID 19 Response


CPOC’s top priority is the well-being and safety of our staff, partners, probation departments and probation clients throughout California.

For this reason, we are changing the way we work and how we support California’s 59 Probation Departments due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

First, CPOC has adjusted priorities to best support California’s probation departments during this unprecedented time. We are closely coordinating with state and county health officials to carefully assess priorities daily, and relaying practical information to each probation department. It is of utmost importance that each county is equipped with reliable sources of information that help with adjusting to evolving circumstances and sharing information to help a seamless response statewide.

Second, CPOC staff are working from home and continue to be available by phone and email during regular business hours. We have postponed any business travel and will host meetings via phone or video.

We are fortunate that most of our staff can effectively work from home. Work phones will be forwarded to cell phones and we are using video and conference calling technology to stay connected internally and externally. 

Please see below for specifics on various functions of CPOC and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. We are acutely aware of the pressures probation departments, and all Californians including the youth, families and adult clients we serve, are facing right now and are committed to be responsive to needs in a way that is most helpful to our communities.

In the meantime, we will continue to follow guidance and directives from federal, state, and local public health officials and experts. When it is appropriate, we will reopen our physical offices and resume travel.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy. 

Stay well and be safe.

Karen Pank
Executive Director
Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC)

CPOC Staff Availability

While CPOC’s physical office is temporarily closing, CPOC will remain open remotely and we anticipate most business functions to continue as normal. Office phone lines have been forwarded to staff mobile phones and staff will be available during normal business hours. Voicemails are also forwarded to the staff member’s emails. 

CPOC Training 

CPOC has suspended in-person trainings for the time being due to the restrictions on gatherings as well as limits on travel and we are exploring some trainings via distance learning. We are committed to continuing our high-caliber trainings and are reassessing how best to get the affected trainings back on the calendar, including but not limited to, rescheduling and online opportunities where appropriate. We will continue to monitor public health recommendations as the pandemic in California continues to unfold. You can view recent training information, including the trainings affected, here.