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29-02-2012

Department of Corrections Newsletter, February 2012


Text is image, especially in an organization like the Department of Corrections. We are happy to announce the recent updates and changes this month, with our monthly newsletter!

Yet again, we come forward with already the third newsletter since the opening of the Public Relations!
There have been up- and downs as always, we have see people come and go, have embraced and let go of opportunities. Even took a huge step forward in our departments recruitment progress and builded a brand new training center!
As always we try to inform you to the maximal, and let's hope you do enjoy this month's newsletter, which wouldn't have been possible without all the hard work of we as the Department of Corrections in a whole!


Content:
    - Commissioners Board
    - Notice Board
    - Academy Results
    - Promotion Bulks
    - Awards and Ribbons
    - Closing Statement


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February 2012 has been a very successful month for the Department of Corrections in terms of receiving various different tasks and being shown that we are finally considered trustworthy organisation in eyes of Los Santos Police Department, Sheriff's Department and Los Santos community in general.

All parole related things have fallen down on us and thanks to Los Santos Police Department representative Lieutenant Regan O. Miller, we've efficiently implemented it in our DoC system under parole board and launched it shortly after we've been informed of it.

I can't help but say we still have very noticeable problems with staff number - monthly we lose more correctional officers that get introduced in via monthly academies and that directly results in lack of activity on duty which effects us hugely in eyes of the community and the government. Thus I urge you all to conduct your duties as much as possible and report on duty as often as you can.

Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi



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Department of Corrections’ Parole Board
By Lieutenant D. Marseille

Recently, there have been a lot of changes, and additions to the department. One of them being the parole board of the Department of Corrections. Parole board was introduced soon after the disbandment of the Prison Liaison Unit, or in short, PLU. PLU officers were also in charge of paroles and time reductions, but with its disbandment, Department of Corrections, together with the help of LSPD’s representatives, formed a board consisting of Correctional Officers ranked Staff Sergeant and higher named as the Parole Board.

Its [parole board] main task is to deal with inmates’ parole-requests, as well as maintaining a list consisting of bad-behaviour inmates that are blacklisted. All correctional officers are automatically members of the board after their promotions to Staff Sergeant, and thus are able to grant paroles to inmates, as well as blacklist them from any parole.

However, if you have a relative/friend inside the Los Santos Prison, be advised, that these paroles will not be handed to random inmates. Those inmates have to show that they’re trustworthy, and must show regrets to what they’ve done, and also they must know theirself, first-time offenders have better chance to be granted paroles, compared to repeat-offenders.


CERT introduction and training
By Deputy Commissioner G. Hawkins.

Sunday, 19th of February has seen the first CERT training in a long time. And it was a success.

The Correctional Emergency Response Team is the DoC's rapid response and special tactics team. They handle situations which go above the league of regular Correctional Officers, such as riot control, hostage rescue, high value inmate escorting. But also as a means of fear for the inmates, so they do not assault each other or a CO. CERT is selected from the best of who apply. They are trained to be amongst the best. All are physically fit and mentally though, trained to handle everything the inmates might throw at them.

CERT was founded by former Deputy Commissioner Brique and Former Lieutenant John. The team has been passed down many times by then. Former Commanders include ex-Captain Davenport, and Ex-Staff Sergeant Kowalski. They had long been issued special gear that would protect and assist them in their duties. But never before had CERT gear actually undergo thorough maintenance. And the equipment was thus in dire condition.

At of the training of the 19th, CERT underwent a small upgrade. Before, CERT officers hauled around in bulky, heavy and immobilizing heavy armour. A full CERT officer could carry as much as 30 kilos of equipment with him whilst on regular patrol. Now that this armour has been replaced with light weight and flexible, yet strong tactical armour, we waved out the old armour at the last training.

Whilst the CERT officers were not yet aware of their new gear, I made them run the obstacle course. Something which was quite a challenge in their old gear. After receiving the new gear, which I think was a moment of happiness for some of them, we underwent some tactical training. Formations, riot suppression, cell clearing and the explanation of a new system within CERT, the squad system. Every officer will now be assigned a special purpose within the unit, it being medic, automatic rifleman, or grenadier.

At the conclusion of the training, when we were all used to our new gear, it was really time for a definitive goodbye to what we had been using for too long, our old gear. Instead of a normal goodbye before you throw something that held great value to you in the trash bin, I decided we needed to ring it out in a more appropriate style for CERT. And so we bound our gear on the targets in the shooting range. Fourty-Eight rounds later, I concluded the training.

CERT is the best in and around Los Santos Prison. We are a team to be reckoned with. And I take great pride in having the honour of leading them.


The first Community Service.
By Deputy Commissioner G. Hawkins.

It has been a long time ago that the SADoC provided the opportunity of Community Service for it's inmates, but on the 27th of February, one was organized for 11, by COs selected, inmates.

The supervisor of the Community Service was Deputy Commissioner Galen Hawkins, second in charge being Lieutenant Andrew Tomson. Participating Correctional Officers were Sergeant John Winnfield, Corporal Matt Cobra, Correction Officers Philip Cavallaro, Tyrell Allen, Xiao Sasaki and Stanley Edwards. Extraordinary was that none of the Correction Officers had received any Community Service training beforehand. Senior Lead Officer Niko Storm of the LSPD was there to escort us, as well as handle several issues we can not solve.

Inmates were put in lockdown, and a 10-1 was called. The destination was determined; The San Fierro shipyards drydock. The dock workers had recently completed the construction of a yacht there, so the SADoC offered to take care of the regular cleaning duties. General Dynamics, the owner of the shipyard, agreed to our offer, happy to spare expenses on cleanup duties. And so the CS begun.

Deputy Commissioner Hawkins, Lieutenant Tomson and Sergeant Winnfield changed into their CERT gear, while the rest of the COs began selecting, cuffing and taking the inmates to the gate. Several long minutes later, due to non-complying inmates, inmates who couldn't resist shouting at us for not taking them and several arguments, we moved the inmates towards the waiting bus. Without problems, inmates took their seats, all COs loaded up in either the SADoC Enforcer or with Officer Storm in the LSPD cruiser, Deputy Commissioner Hawkins driving the bus along with Corporal Cobra, and we set off for the shipyard.

After some fine maneuvering of the unwieldy bus by Deputy Commissioner Hawkins, the three vehicle convoy arrived after an ten minute drive at the shipyards. The inmates disembarked, and were assigned to their COs. In pairs of two, with a CO up front, they entered the big drydock. After all of them had safely reached the bottom, Deputy Commissioner Hawkins drove the enforcer with all needed equipment for the inmates into the drydock, while Lieutenant Tomson and Sergeant Winnfield patrolled the edges of the drydock. If any inmate tried to run, all CERT members would have him before he set foot on the concrete out of the drydock.

Half an hour and one clean drydock later, we packed up and began our journey back. On the way back, our bus engine sputtered a couple of times, but held on until we safely reached LSP. The inmates were escorted back inside and appropriate rewards were handed out to those who deserved them.

The first CS in a long time, with new Correction Officers who have not yet been trained for a CS, would sound as a failure to most people. Yet we pulled it off. The COs who participated can be proud of themselves.


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First academy of the new, recently introduced, recruitment process has been concluded successfully thanks to great work of the Training and Recruitment department and positive cooperation shown from recruit's side. Many of applicants have been eliminated through the recruitment process which only shows that the recruitment process itself works and only the most capable recruits have been instated in the Department of Corrections.

Correctional Officers who graduated from February's Academy #14 are the following:

    - Leroy Monroe
    - Lucas Armentario
    - Bobby Harper
    - Alasdair Archer
    - Boris Quin
    - Abejundio Gutiérrez
    - Marco Marcello
    - Ronald Statham
    - Wayne Clancy
    - John Gibs
    - Richard Statham
    - John McAvoy
    - Curtis Mallon
    - Killana Pierre
    - Cristophe Lachance
    - Wyclef Bowe



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Sergeant -> Staff Sergeant
    John Winnfield


Corporal -> Sergeant
    Jonathan Fisher
    Dave Francis
    Matt Cobra


Senior Correction Officer -> Corporal
    Xu Jinfeng
    Kazuo Akimoto
    Arthur Quin
    Svante Holm


Correction Officer -> Senior Correction Officer
    Boris Quin
    Abejundio Gutiérrez
    Marco Marcello
    Wyclef Bowe


Remember that if you weren't promoted it doesn't necessarily mean you didn't do well enough. All ranks have a certain time requirement you must fulfill in order to be able to get promoted to it. You can read those requirements in the Handbook section.


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James Mallon, Kiyoshi Okawa and Dan White have in February 2012 received 6 Months Service award.
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Employee and Rookie of the month, February 2012:

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The month has come around and Staff Sergeant and above had to choose Employee of the Month for the past month. They've come to a conclusion to award the most active and enthusiastic member in February with a great sense of what's right and what's wrong and outstanding leadership skills. Without a doubt, now Staff Sergeant John Winnfield deserves the Employee of the month award.

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Rookie of the February comes from Academy #14 - first academy with a new recruitment process introduced in the past month. Without a doubt, he, in the past month, proved that our new recruitment process is a great success and that he squeezed as much as he could out of it. He's been more than active and more than dedicated in February - he's been what every CO should have been and he made us all doubt that he actually /just/ joined us. I am proud to announce rookie of the month - Wyclef Bowe.

We congratulate and thank you both!



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Unfortunately, due to the recent circumstances in the public relations department, this newsletter might me one of the last few to be published. While we understand it is only the third one, we might have jumped into the whole PR situation in DoC sooner than we were ready and probably having a public relations department in the DoC is something we're not enough prepared for. We have decided to give it one more go and see how it all turns out.


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Milles Conner
Director of Public Relations


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Dexter Abbruzi
Commissioner of SADoC