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    Department of Corrections Newsletter, October 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!

    So much has happened this month that I don't even know where to start. We started off with the release of Human Resources, a sub-department which goal is to increase the work experience for the Correctional Officers within our department. On to bigger news as a move from our old Los Santos Prison was made, the government has secretly been renovating the old San Andreas High Facility Prison into a new and improved facility. Not until early October was this announced to the staff of the Department and short there after it was announced to the public aswell, the new facility has been given the name San Andreas Correctional Facility, and those who have yet to visit it can locate it just north of Fort Carson. The new prison will be covered in the upcoming newsletters as the whole department has pretty much been re-modeled to suit us all.

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    Under the constant excitement about our newly introduced changes, October flew by without us even noticing. I hope I am safe in assuming we have now all gotten used to changes regarding protocol, rules, regulations and new equipment and resources made available for us in general. A lot still needs to be improved and our Command and High Command team are working on it ever day, some times without even a minute of rest. Thus, we ask you for your patience if there is something that should have been done a long time ago, but just doesn't have the priority. I personally guarantee you we will get to it and we will get everything up and running in the upcoming months.

    Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi

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    The Yard
    By Sergeant K. Kingston


    As you probably already know, the Department of Corrections has got a new prison, San Andreas Correctional Facility. The new prison offers the Correctional Officers and inmates a lot of new features.


The yard
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    The new prison provides the COs and the inmates a brand new yard which offers us a boxing ring where the inmates can fight each other, a basketball area where the inmates can play and challenge each other, an exercise place with weights and fitness equipment where the inmates can work on their strength and keep themselves fit. And some phone booths where they can call their friends at anytime without our permission.


The Boxing ring
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    If you will visit our new prison and you get a chance to take a look over the yard you would probably see two inmates inside the ring and one CO standing outside of the ring with a spray on his hands. This is the most used equipment in the yard, the inmates love it. They love to practice on their boxing skills, to learn new moves or just show the other inmates that they're the strongest in the prison and that they should stay away from him.


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    The inmates love to challenge other inmates to a basketball matches. Some of the inmates told me that they love to play because they gain new relationships through it, other inmates told me that they are doing it just to show everyone that they are the 'boss' while the rest are playing just to have fun and to practice.


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    This is the second most used equipment area that the inmates use. At this area they got weights and four fitness equipment. At this area they, most of the time, practice and talk with each other. This is their best way to keep themselves fresh and healthy. By lifting heavy weights they try to build some muscles and by that they are earning some respect from their friends and other inmates.


    The Vehicles
    By Senior Correction Officer G. Baker



    The last month has truly been a big change for the city of Los Santos but mainly for the Department of Corrections! A new corrections facility has been finished and there has been a lot of work involved in this. One of the big changes the new San Andreas Correctional Facility has, is a wide new selection of vehicles. The new vehicles are all used for specific tasks so tag along and get a first hand introduction to them!


    The Mesa


    NEW - The Mesa is one of the new cars SACF has acquired and is only used for driving inside the facility. They are specially designed so that a guard can secure a inmate in the passenger seat without risking the drivers safety during the transportation. These cars are mainly used for taking inmates from their respective departments to isolation and back.

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    Correctional Officer Susan Martinez, was kind enough to pose with the Mesa despite the stressful work environment the new SACF facility can be.


    The Premier


    The Premier is a car that has been around for a while and you might remember it back in Los Santos where it would stand outside the old correctional facility. Today we use it for the same purpose as it was originally intended, which is community service but now also for transportation of inmates within the walls of SACF.

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    The Ambulance


    NEW - The Ambulance is a new addition to the sub-department Correctional Medical Services in short CMS. This sub-department specializes as the name gives away, in medicine. Only guards that are members of this department are allowed to drive these cars which are mainly used to take inmates from the cell holding blocks to the infirmary which is located at the edge of the facility.

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    An inmate had a minor injury inside the cell blocks, Corporal Nick Brick was seconds after the radio transmission getting ready to help the inmate.

    The Maverick


    The Maverick is a fast and mobile helicopter currently used by many state organizations due to its good reliability in all kinds of situations. The maverick is mainly used to supervise community service incase an inmate tries to escape, giving live information to the guards down on the ground.

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    The Enforcer


    The Enforcer is a sturdy alternative, used for community service mainly. It perks are a big storing area in the back for inmates, isolated from the outside world for maximum security during transport.

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    The Rancher


    The Rancher is mainly used for attending community service in rough terrains that can otherwise be difficult for the premier. It is used by the Correctional Emergency Response Team mostly but also by Command members of SADoC.

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    The Bus


    The Bus is only used for community service and is specially good when there is a large amount of inmates that require transportation. It is also a very safe alternative just like the enforcer but can hold much more inmates.

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    The Water Tank


    NEW - The Water Tank is a new addition to the vehicles in the SACF, it is the same model the law enforcement in San Andreas use for riot control and serves the same purpose in SACF. Sometimes a riot may start in the large yard area and instead of sending in several guards to battle the violent inmates, this alternative now defuses the situation efficiently and fast. The water tank uses a water pressure cannon that fires water at the inmates with enough force to make a person to lose their balance. It does not cause any injuries and is overall very easy to deploy, requiring only one guard operating it.

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The new vehicles of SACF have increased security for both guards and inmates. Now the correctional facility is much more effective in defusing dangerous situations, transporting inmates or going for community service trips.



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    Academy #21 was the first of a new era, it was the first academy that was held for recruitment to the new facility. Applications from all over USA was sent in and reviewed by our Training and Recruitment department, listed below are the ones who successfully passed our recruitment phase and can now call themselves Correction Officers. Congratulations to the following:


    #034 - Brett Kinglsey
    #070 - Nicholas Doyle
    #072 - Susan Emily Martinez
    #073 - Ike Fiscus
    #074 - Lincoln Bellick
    #075 - Oliver Hall
    #079 - Helen Reyna
    #084 - Edward Raymond
    #081 - Travaughn Dontrell
    #083 - Jack Whitehall
    #085 - George Harlington
    #012 - Mitchell Wright
    #086 - Caine Hayes
    #004 - Jennifer Donovan
    #082 - Anthony Thomson

    Statistics:

    From 40 applications, only 22 applications were accepted and were given the chances to progress. (55%)
    From 22 recruits, only 21 of them passed the evaluation phases. (95%)
    From 21 recruits that passed the evaluation phases, 15 were instated to the department as Correction Officers. (71%)

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    Image Sergeant > Image Staff Sergeant
    - Robert Caine
    - Sarah Coleman
    - Iakona Tyler


Image Corporal > Image Sergeant
    - Tyrell Allen
    - Michael Rutledge
    - Reginald Carrington
    - Keahilani Kalakaua
    - Isaac Caldwell
    - Steven Thunder


Image Senior Correction Officer > Image Corporal
    - Harry Zaccaro
    - Phillip Miyagi
    - Tommy Russ
    - Giorgio Baker
    - Hector Ross
    - Gavin Wright


Image Correction Officer > Image Senior Correction Officer
    CO-SCO promotions will be announced in the upcoming days


    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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    In October,

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    Silver Lifesaving


    Has been awarded to Lieutenant Justice Greene


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    Sharpshooter


    Has been awarded to Corporal Harry Zaccaro


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    3 Months Service


    Has been awarded to Correction Officer Peter Thompson


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    6 Months Service


    Has been awarded to Captain Dylan Brooks


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    9 Months Service


    Has been awarded to Assistant Commissioner Miles Conner, Senior Correction Officer Giorgio Baker


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    12 Months Service


    Has been awarded to Captain John Winnfield


    Employee of the month, October 2012:

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    Soon after having been transferred to the Department of Corrections from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he has found himself in the Department of Corrections - got to know our protocols, rules, regulations and followed them strictly ever since. It didn't take him long to get noticed by our executive staff, who recommended him numerous times for a promotion, which he eventually got and is now serving in our department as a Corporal. In the last month, he's shown an exceptional amount of dedication and enthusiasm not only in the Correctional Medical Service, which he is a part of, but in the Department of Corrections in general as well. Thus, our executive staff has voted him for employee of the month, October 2012. Corporal Nick Brick.


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    "Remember that you are all a part of a big family, the family being our Department. You may argue and bicker but should in the end always treat each other respectfully" - This was posted in the last Newsletter and I find it necessary to remind you all of it yet again, read it and take time for it. Now we are going to end this Newsletter with for some sad news and for others good news. Winter is approaching and it will only get colder as each day passes by, be sure to wear clothing to suit the weather, it is easy to catch a cold and through the Human Resources, funding for new winter coats will be made and you can find these in respective locker rooms.

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    Dylan Brooks
    Assistant Director of Public Relations

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    Dexter Abbruzi
    Commissioner of SADoC

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