Meet Tracy Zuber, Division Support Manager in Inmate Services. Zuber is a dynamic woman who has spent the last 12 years at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department ensuring that the department is compliant with the law in regard to the services and care we provide to inmates.
In addition to her vital day job, Zuber recently took the initiative to become a Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Master Instructor. POST was established by the California Legislature in 1959 to set minimum selection and training standards for law enforcement. POST funding comes from the Peace Officers' Training Fund (POTF). The POTF receives money from the State Penalty Assessment Fund, which in turn receives money from penalty assessments on criminal and traffic fines. Therefore, the POST Program is funded primarily by persons who violate the laws that peace officers are trained to enforce. No tax dollars are used to fund the POST Program.
The four-level Master Instructor certification is designed to “provide multi-level, multi-track programs to develop professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement instruction.” At the end of the Master Instructor certification, graduates will have created a complete course and curriculum that can be taught at their local academy.
The course Zuber created from scratch is a three-day study on inmate rights. She focuses on the minimum standards set by Title 15 and Penal Code 4025.
“It’s important for the deputies to understand the law and know the reasons behind why we provide what we do to the inmates,” said Zuber.
The POST Master Instructor title is a prestigious honor. It requires intense study and hundreds of hours of classroom instruction. For Zuber’s class, more than 100 applied, and only 14 of 22 graduated.
It’s no surprise to Zuber’s coworkers that she took on this tremendous challenge. “Tracy is a dedicated individual, and passionate about inmate services,” said Greg Boston, Director of Inmate Services. “Her hard work will benefit this department for years to come.”
Zuber’s looking forward to scheduling her first course at the Orange County Regional Training Academy, and hopes to offer an alternate one-day condensed version of the course at some point in the future.