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!
We can not say it has not been yet another exciting month. Days fly by, while we as a department keep on doing our regular duties as one of Los Santos' finests. We have seen a lot of changes regarding our department this month. The monthly bulks, our huge academy and a new member of the Commissioners Board. We have seen how some of our members left, while others reinstated. It has been a well balanced month, with it's regular up- and downs, but we nevertheless got through it better then we went in it: as always!
Last month had been another quiet month for the DoC. Many of our staff members had yet to return from their vacations to diverse destinations. Though this didn't intervene with the T&R department. Special mention has to be given to the Training and Recruitment department this month, for their outstanding performance at last month's academy and their dedication to it. Academy #19 was a great success, brining us 18 new, fresh but highly trained, correctional officers. Those 18 may be proud of themselves and so may the T&R. However, we won't stop at this, for every month we strife to improve our department wherever possible, as well as enlarge it. I'd like to remember everyone that any suggestions that you think might improve the DoC are welcomed.
Deputy Commissioner Galen Hawkins
New Assistant Commissioner
By Lieutenant D. Brooks
The month of August got off to a huge start as a new Assistant Commissioner was appointed by our Commissioner, D. Abbruzi. The new Assistant Commissioner whom has been in the San Andreas Department of Corrections for about 2 years will be a good asset to our current High Command Team.
Interview with Commissioner Abbruzi.
How did you come to the decision that he was the most suited for the position?
We've been observing and evaluating the command staff ever since the demotion of our previous Assistant Commissioner Joseph Sharp. Myself and Deputy Commissioner Hawkins knew well enough that having an Assistant Commissioner is just as important for successfully running the Department of Corrections as any other High Command position.
Ever since joining the Department of Corrections, his contribution to the department has been astonishing. He has shown nothing but willingness to help, dedication to improve and enthusiasm to give something to the department. And for that, along with being generally professional and proving himself as a command team member, myself and Deputy Commissioner Hawkins have decided he was, at that time, the best candidate for our fellow high command member.
Why precisely was he picked over any other Command Team member?
One of the most important things a Command member needs to keep in mind, is that being promoted to a Lieutenant or Captain doesn't mean you can ignore your daily duties, and quite frankly and unfortunately, that's exactly what had happened soon after promotions of some command team members that were also taken into consideration when discussing a possible new Assistant Commissioner.
Every promotion you get in the Department of Corrections gives you certain rights as well as certain extra duties. It is your right to do something you couldn't have done before, with a lower rank; but at the same time, you have to make sure you're doing what's expected from you, and regardless of the rank, it is always expected from you to actively participate in daily duties inside the red zone.
I wouldn't want to give the wrong impression and say that neither of other members of the command team were doing as expected from that point of view. In fact, it was right the opposite - due to at least one other Captain meeting our expectations, it was rather a tough than easy decision. At the end, the decision had to be made and taking it all into consideration, we chose Miles Conner.
Are there any tips or ideas you would want to give the other members of our Department, that one day wants to reach the High Command Team?
Instead of giving you a direct answer on this one, I'd rather give you some quotations made by famous people, worth thinking about.
Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.
- Hamilton Holt
One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
- James Allen
Who is Miles Conner?
Miles Conner is 37 years old, born in the Miami-Dade County. After graduating high school he spent his early years doing freelancing administration work, soon after that he joined the army where he was quickly sent off to Bosnia, to fight for Operation Deliberate Force against Republika Srpska. After serving the United States Military force for 4.5 years he resigned honourably and moved back to the Miami-Dade County where he got work at the Miami-Dade County Jail. He spent the next 11 years there and reached the rank of Lieutenant before transferring over to the San Andreas Department of Corrections.
Interview with Assistant Commissioner Conner
You used to be a Captain before you got promoted, what did you do to reach that position?
Once becoming part of the command team, you get a lot of responsibility. Using it wise and showing you are dedicated towards the department and it's members, gives people trust in your judgement and way of handling that responsibility. I guess that's a vital role in making the step from Lieutenant to Captain. My promotion did not include any heroic actions or the like, I think everyones day by day duties are just as meritorious. These are the factors which got me -for as far as I am able to judge such - promoted.
Why do you believe you were picked over any other member?
Hard to judge. In my opinion I was absolutely not the only qualifying candidate for the position. I have some great collegues and I am sure there are a lot of them who would have done great with the position I was granted. I always go by the idea of everyone having his or her own strong suits in a certain field. I just try to follow protocol, go by the rules, do what is expected of me and do such with enjoyment but professionalism.
What do you aim to do with the rank of Assistant Commissioner?
I think the foundation of a well working department, is it's administration. That's mainly what I will be looking out for to do, on top of my daily duties. I think there is not a high necessity for any big changes anytime soon, but if there is I will certainly be working on it or be a part of it.
Inventions, I am not so sure of. A prison will always be far from perfect, but aiming towards it's perfection is always a positive way of approaching. Through teamwork, I am absolutely certain we can invent and establish a great and safe environment in Los Santos Prison and outside for our community.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would personally like to thank all the people involved in giving me the opportunity to be able to do what I do now. The chances I have been given, making it possible to do what I do now and to be where I stand now. I would also like to encourage any hard working Correctional Officer to uphold his or her work, because you will always be rewarded for it. May it not be tomorrow, than the day after tomorrow.
On behalf of the Public Relations unit I want to wish our Director, Miles Conner, congratulations on achieving the rank of Assistant Commissioner. May your future be bright and filled with happiness.
Academy #19 Graduation ceremony
By Kevin Bauer
Academy #19 was one of the most successful academies of the San Andreas Department of Corrections, during which our Training and Recruitment department received a huge number of applications. After all the stages of the recruitment process, only twenty (20) deserving recruits were instated as Correction Officers within the Department of Corrections.
In order to welcome them within our department, a ceremony was arranged, where a large number of Correctional Officers were present. Los Santos Police Department Chief of Police Michael Houston was also present there with some other Police Officers. Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi said some encouraging words whilst sharing his experiences with the new Correction Officers.
(Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi)
"Good evening. It is an honor for me to be able to speak at today's graduation. 30 years ago, I myself graduated from the same academy as those who now sit in the first row. A lot has changed since then, changes in policy, leadership and skills required for the job. But one thing has not changed and that is the effort recruits show in becoming Correctional Officers.
Graduates from Academy 19, when I give you your awards and badges in a couple of minutes, you'll be Correctional Officers. You will be referred to as Correctional Officers every day. You will refer to yourselves as Correctional Officers. You have the task of maintaining the safety of both your colleagues and inmates within the Los Santos Prison facility. But if all you did was ensuring their safety, you would be doing nothing 75 percent of the time. You took the job because you want to help people and give back to the community. You are members of your community, members who realize that sometimes there are things that need to be done that are not easy to do, and you think you have the stomach to do the job and want to make sure that those who do not abide the law, can hurt those who you want to protect your family, your friends, your neighbours. So always remember the reason you took the job, your family, friends and neighbours. And remember, they are your greatest asset. They are your greatest asset because they will be there to support you when things are bad..and I can guarantee you there will be bad times. You will be Correctional Officers. That 'correctional' is there for a reason. You should be there for convicts who show regret for the actions that got them convicted in the first place. You should be there for those who want to reconcile to whom they have hurt, and help them. You should be there for those who want to step out of the world of crime, gangs, drugs and guns and help them with returning to the proper side of society. The DoC is very well represented with people who are willing to put their own safety at risk so that others may go on their day-to-day ritual. And now, the graduates from our Academy 19 will join those. They will now swear the DoC Oath of Loyalty, before they are given their badges and awards."
Afterwards, all new Correctional Officers were asked to swear the DoC Oath of Loyality with Deputy Commissioner Hawkins and then their badges and awards were given by Commissioner Abbruzi, Deputy Commissioner Galen Hawkins and Director's Assistant within Training and Recruitment Department, Captain Christopher Kingston.
The San Andreas Department of Corrections had the honour of having the Chief of Los Santos Police Department in their Academy Graduation ceremony. Deputy Commissioner Hawkins invited Chief Houston on the stage and asked him to say couple of words to our newly instated Correction Officers.
Chief of Police Michael Houston, whilst reffering to new Correction Officers, delivered some words:
"Good evening! It's excellent to be here, thank you for the invitiation. If there's one thing I've always enjoyed, be it the PD, SD, or DoC, is seeing fresh new recruits joining the greatest government and law enforcement agencies in the country. As I said to my own officers only this morning when I was handing out their badges. Remember, in whatever you do, stand by your morales, do your city, it's people, and your superiors proud and you can't go wrong in being a great law enforcer. On that note, I look forward to working with you as do my officers, and I wish you a great career with DoC. Thank you Commissioners."
This months academy was held very early due to the recruitment being closed during July. We managed to get a large amount of applications, unfortunately everyone can not be lucky enough to pass it, but that does not mean they shouldn't try to apply the next time the recruitment opens up. We managed to get a total of 18 new Correction Officers this month and below is the names of all of them. We congratulate all of them and wish them good luck with their future career in the Department of Corrections!
#041 - Curtis Redwood
#042 - James Alastair
#043 - Arnold Citroen
#044 - Angelina Carey
#045 - Allison Thomspon
#046 - Lenny Capone
#047 - Butch Mitchell
#048 - Matthew Marshall
#049 - Elliot Holden
#052 - Daniel Pennington
#058 - Carl Eichel
#061 - Raymond Menino
#068 - Tsuyoshi Matsudaira
#069 - Gary Davidson
#030 - Liam Yale
#031 - Maureen Daly
#032 - Dragoslav Blagojevic
#034 - Brad Spencer
From 62 applications, only 27 applications were accepted and were given the chances to progress. (43.5%)
From 27 recruits, only 24 of them passed the evaluation phases. (88%)
From 24 recruits that passed the evaluation phases, 18 were instated to the department as Correction Officers. (75%)
Lieutenant > Captain
Staff Sergeant > Lieutenant
Sergeant > Staff Sergeant
Corporal > Sergeant
- Aimee Lynch
Senior Correction Officer > Corporal
Correction Officer > Senior Correction Officer
- Sophia Hastings
- 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.
Dylan Brooks, Miles Conner
Tyrell Allen, Clarence Russell
Employee and Rookie of the month, August 2012:
After the re-opening of the Facility Intelligence Unit, it has proven that it is successful in the duties it was tasked to accomplish. Even though he didn't do it alone, one person stood out in the duties of the Unit, as well as being promoted from CERT Trainee to Full CERT officer. He has shown constant dedication and availability towards the department, showing leadership skills and executing his tasks. with great care. He has already received a promotion for the effort he displayed, but we decided that this month, Houston Backford will also receive the Employee of the Month award for his hard work.
Following academy #19, we gained quite a group of new COs. And with a new group, it becomes harder to stand out as an individual. Although we do promote teamwork, something which wasn't lacked for, the award is granted to a new CO that has really stood out from his fellow academy COs. Always a hard thing to decide on, although one person really caught our eye. We therefore award Raymond Menino the Rookie of the Month award for his enthusiasm shown in his duties and his capability to handle them in a professional fashion under pressure.
On behalf of the whole Department of Corrections, I congratulate and thank you both for your outstanding work in August 2012.
- As you might have noticed, we ran through some changes regarding the newsletter. The Public Relations department slowly starts to improve and we start getting a steady activity, with respective members we can rely on. It is safe to say this was partly the cause of one specific member, who now fills the position of Deputy Director of this specific department.
While we as a sub-department start to improve on a daily basis, the Department of Corrections itself is also improving considerably. For the good of Los Santos, of course. Each sub-department is doing great work. We had one of the biggest academies in Los Santos Prison history, thanks to our Training and Recruitment department, whereas our intelligence units members are doing great work with prison security threads. We got our medical unit which due to it's absolute importance, saved yet quite some lives this month and the K9 unit, which is together with our tactical team indispensable.
Thank you for reading.
Director of Public Relations
Deputy Commissioner of SADoC