Department of Corrections reverses call for parole officers to work overtime security shifts

DENVER - Less than a day after The CALL7 Investigators reported an email requiring Colorado's parole officers to protect Colorado Department of Corrections leaders, another email was sent changing the assignments.

The emails were both obtained by CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta.

The first email was sent on April 8, asking staff members who are POST certified -- those who have received Peace Officer Standards and Training -- to sign-up for the extra shifts.

"If no volunteers come forward, those shifts will become assigned duty," the April 8 email said.

It continued, "With all the other duties we all have, we know and appreciate that this will stretch us even further."

The CALL7 report about that first email was aired on April 12.

Less than a day later, on April 13, another email was sent by Department of Corrections Parole Director Tim Hand apparently reversing the request for parole officers to work the 12-hour overtime shifts providing security for their colleagues in the DOC. That email was obtained by Marchetta Tuesday.

In the second email, Hand explains to parole officer the overtime security duty would be "transitioned back to prison operations."

He goes on to say officers should "cancel any hotel reservation" they had made.

The changes are the latest exposed by the CALL7 Investigators in the wake of former DOC director Tom Clements' murder.   

Law enforcement officers investigating Clements’ murder believe parolee Evan Ebel killed Clements after he answered his front door at his Monument home.  

Ebel was killed in a shootout in Texas with police near Dallas on March 21, two days after Clements’ murder and a full 5 days after he went off the grid, failing to call into the parole system and cutting off his ankle monitor.

As 7NEWS first reported, at the end of March, the DOC reported 667 absconders out of 9,490 Colorado parolees; DOC records show 29 of those having gang ties.

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