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 another month goes by; again, full of obstacles, achievements, losses and victories. Not only do we enter a new month, we also enter a new era for the Department of Corrections itself: a reformed handbook, new equipment and the return of our intelligence unit. Changes and improvements which considerably affects the Department of Corrections and the safety of Los Santos Prison and it's enviroment. Something we all stand for and is highly needed in a city like Los Santos.
Have fun and let's hope you enjoy reading this months newsletter as much as we enjoyed making it!
- Commissioners Board
Awards and Ribbons
With the new version of our handbook being implemented and our Facility Intelligence Unit being reformed and put on its feet again, I can safely say that a very productive month is behind us. While other little less important tasks done the previous month can not be ignored, these two changes will affect the Department of Corrections the most over the next couple of months.
Should you notice any irregularity in our new handbook (or the FIU, although that will be less likely), I ask you to notify a High Command team member as soon as possible so there won't be any problems caused by a possibly confusing information. At the same time, I'd also like to stress the importance of our suggestion box, that helps us make the department better and better - remember that it takes a lot of people for a department to successfully operate and looking for things to improve is one of many ways how you can help out.
Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi
By Lieutenant J. Winnfield
The month of June in 2012 saw the implementation of several upgrades in the San Andreas Department of Corrections, both in proceedures, protocols and equipment Correctional Officers use every day.
The parole protocol has been updated, and now Correctional Officers with the rank of Sergeant are able to take part in parole activities, increasing the overall activity of the Parole Board; much to the delight of future parolees.
There have been also some more internal changes that were made to enforce the safety of Los Santos Prison under any circumstances.
For me personally, the biggest and most exciting change was the recent upgrading process of our equipment, which I personally oversaw to an extent, being a voluntary equipment-maintenance-man. Among all the new changes in equipment, the adoption of a new standard issue, non-lethal handgun is the most noteworthy.
Our previously used Glock 17B pistols (in 9mm traumatic) were replaced after complaints regarding the effectiveness and safety of the firearm, and part of our general upgrading process.
Many options were taken into consideration from similar but better-performing eastern pistols to mid-sized carbines. Eventually the choice was given to a semi-experimental pistol, the SRT/X-18 from Smartrounds LLC. In the general sense it is not a firearm, as it uses compressed gases to launch D-shaped, 18mm "smart" ammunition from a rifled barrel. The ammunition itself is of revolutionary design, creating a shockwave the moment it comes into contact with a target. This ensures maximum effectiveness on target, and absolutely nonexistant damage (collateral or otherwise), even at close range; literally meaning the pistol is a hundred percent non-lethal when it is fired at a human being's body.
Possessing excellent ergonomics with a lightweight polymer body, high accuracy and user-friendly operation, the X18 pistols are state-of-the art pieces of equipment and I am eager to see them perform their duties in the coming years.
Interview with SCO Hill
By Sergeant D. Stokes
A picture of Senior Correction Officer Hill.
Introduction: Hello, today I am going to interview Senior Correction Officer Megan Hill who got an exceptional promotion! She has really shown dedication and activity to the department. Let's get started with the questions already! Are you ready Hill?
Hill: Yes, I am ready! Let's go.
Stokes: Alright, I will start with the first question. What do you personally think of the Department of Corrections?
Hill: I really like it! You learn a lot of useful things in this department and with colleagues in general
Stokes: Indeed, Would you recommend others to join this department?
Hill: Yes of course, but only if they are sure that they are capable of doing this job. It can be really stressful when it requires you to be calm and to do your best, and quite frankly, this isn't so rarely. You can easily end up in a tricky situation when you need to know how to deal with it quickly and effectively.
Stokes: That is correct. What sub-departments are you currently in?
Hill: I am in the Correctional Medical Services also known as the CMS along with the Training and Recruitment department.
Stokes: Oh all right, and what sub-departments would you like to join that perhaps your rank doesn't allow you at the very moment?
Hill: None at this very moment. I'm currently enjoying the two that I am in and I believe that is enough for me, at least for now that just as much as I can cope with.
Stokes: All right. Since you got a really quick promotion, do you have any tips for other correctional officers?
Hill: Not really, not anything in specific. Just do your duty really good and follow the required protocols and you will be fine.
Stokes: That's right. Have you ever attended any advanced trainings? What kind of trainings and what did you think about them?
Hill: I have attended the community service training, the first aid training along with the self defence training. They are really useful and I recommend every employee of the Department of Corrections to participate on as many as they can, as it will help them out on their day-to-day duty a lot.
Stokes: Right this interview is about to wrap up. Just one more question: How is it like to work as a female inside the Los Santos Prison?
Hill: Well I can say it can be a little harder as you often get harassed by other inmates but you get used to it and learn how to deal with the problems after a short while.
Stokes: All right! Thank you for allowing me to interview you.
Hill: No problems, sir. Have a nice day!
There we go, another academy is completed and eight recruits made it into the Department of Corrections!
This Academy #18 was most likely, the one with highest amount of applications denied: only twenty-one applications of fifty were accepted (as can be seen below). After concluding the first step, we unfortunately had a few technical issues forcing us to delay the second and the third step, which are the evaluation and academy process. However, eventually everything went smoothly and we are happy to congratulate the eight recruits that made it. We wish them good luck, in hopefully the many years their new career is going to bring them!
The Training and Recruitment Department congratulates Phillip Miyagi for his incredible efforts in the exam, passing with the maximum score reachable, receiving the Advanced Academy Certification award!
- From 50 applications, only 21 applications were accepted and were given the chances to progress. (42%)
From 21 recruits, only 11 of them passed the evaluation phases. (52%)
From 11 recruits that passed the evaluation phases, 8 were instated to the department as Correction Officers. (72%)
Lieutenant > Captain
Staff Sergeant > Lieutenant
- Justice Greene
Sergeant > Staff Sergeant
- Marty Wakely
Corporal > Sergeant
- Kyla Kingston
Senior Correction Officer > Corporal
- Iakona Tyler
Correction Officer > Senior Correction Officer
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.
Ryan Bauer, Kyla Kingston and Dylan Brooks have in June 2012 received 3 Months Service award.
Arthur Quin has in June 2012 received 6 Months Service award.
Ryan Bauer, Kyla Kingston, Sarah Coleman and Donald Peterson have in June 2012 received Advanced Certification.
Dylan Brooks and John Winnfield have in June 2012 received Award of Excellence.
Employee and Rookie of the month, March 2012:
Setting up the Facility Intelligence Unit has been our goal for many months now. While we all knew the importance of this sub-department to the Department of Corrections as a whole, Lieutenant Richard Sharp showed outstanding dedication and interest of reforming it, setting it up from barely anything that was left there by a previous department head and eventually re-running it so it now, after a few months, it again effectively represents the Department of Corrections' Intelligence Unit. Thus, the command and high command team along with Staff Sergeants have decided that this month's award goes to Lieutenant Richard Sharp.
Ever since her graduation from Academy #17a, she has shown nothing but pure interest, enthusiasm and dedication towards the Department of Corrections. Among several other outstanding Correction Officers coming from the same academy, she found a way stand out of the already great COs by working even more. Not only does her day-to-day duty present in amazing professionalism, she's also been noticed great with actually rehabilitating prisoners while entertaining them with one of many activities that can be done in our facility. On top of everything, visiting documentation filed by her can only be complimented. While there were a lot of correction officers nominated for Rookie of the month, (now) Senior Correction Officer Megan Hill has counted the most votes.
It has been quite the month. Challanging, exhaustive, difficult; but at the end, always rewarding. We are not seen that much and we are definetly not quite welcomed by a huge part of Los Santos. But although we might not be seen, we are there and we are more important then a big part of us might even realise. We keep the good from the bad and help those who want to get better, to get better. At the end of the day, we also just go home to our family, have a dinner, watch the game. A lot of us ask themselves daily if they might even see their little boy or little girl at the end of the day. If their wifes goodbye kiss, might have been the last.
Thank you so much for reading, as it is means the world for a big part of our team. It's the little reward, everyone of us deserves at it's time. The little things which matter.
Director of Public Relations
Commissioner of SADoC