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    Department of Corrections Newsletter, January 2013


    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!

    Although the SADoC may not be the most favoured organization in terms of public views, it still continues to stand defiant in the face of troublesome inmates, and the ever-rising criminal population. The SADoC, which vows to rehabilitate and re-educate inmates who are currently facing imprisonment within the facility, will continue to strive towards this goal and achieve its own personal targets, like they have done previously in the past. This escort merely proves how the SADoC continue to keep the facility under control, even in the face of unprecedented highs in the current crime-wave which has been punishing San Andreas in recent months.

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    Dear fellow Correctional Officers

    First and foremost, I would like to say how thankful I am for this great organisation I have a privilege to lead. Even though there were times where being a head of this department is not something anyone would have wished for, looking back at that - I say with great pleasure that every single fight we had to had was worth it. Here we are now, in 2013 better than ever and improving. More and more non-governmental organisations are interested in doing business with us, more and more civilians are looking for a career among us and more and more governmental representatives are acknowledging our existence. Anyone who has been employed by the San Andreas Department of Corrections can guarantee you that the department has never been so successful in terms of inner organisation, cooperation with the community and law enforcement and general prison rehabilitation. Without a single doubt, I am proud, and you should be too, as during the past three years we have been nothing but improving.

    Does that mean we are now passively going to enjoy what we have achieved? Definitely not - there is always space for improvement and doing nothing but laying back and enjoying the view would eventually bring us back in 2009, and that is something neither of us wants and neither of us would let it happen. This year like every one, will bring obstacles and opportunities, but working together and with optimism, we should have no difficulties getting through.

    Stay safe down there!
    Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi


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    Launching up contract working system
    Written by Deputy Commissioner Galen Hawkins

    For a long time now the SADoC required its employees to Graduate from its academy, something which not everyone managed to do. But with a new facility comes new ideas. One such idea was to open the doors of SACF to several positions for civilians which did not require any academy or graduation. On the 25th of Janurary, 2013, we opened these doors.

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    The fields of work we now offer employment for civilians in are psychology, health services, religious involvement and inmate education.

    In the psychological fields, one will be tasked with evaluating the mental state of the inmates which appear to have problems, but also assist them in their rehabilitation into society which can prove hard work for a detainee. This branch is therefore a difficult one, but one that is rewarding as well.

    In the health services, one may apply to assist inmates with health problems. Nurses to work in the prison infirmary, dentist and EMTs are positions we opened up to the public and hope to have applications for. One's work does involve threating wounds inmates or correctional staff have sustained in the facility, regular health check-ups and other health complaints individuals might have. The DoC does however not provide the medical training, which is therefore a requirement before application.

    For the religious branch, we offer people the chance to apply to help inmates. Many of our inmates are religious, whether it be Protestant, Catholic, Jewish or Islamic, we ask people to apply. Religion means hope for many people and it is not something we want to take away from inmates.

    And finally, inmate education offers positions as teacher inside SACF. Many inmates are still in their teen years and should under normal circumstances still attend school or for older inmates who feel that they missed upon their education and still want to get their diploma one way or another. It is a satisfying feeling to see inmates leave with a diploma in their pocket. Education provides a future without crime for many, which is why we promote such position.



    Facility Anti Crime and Gang Unit - FACGU
    Written by Deputy Commissioner Galen Hawkins

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    As announced on the 19th of January, the DoC High Command team has decided to permanently close the Facility Intelligence Unit, who had the task of collecting information of crime inside our Facility.

    The Facility Intelligence Unit was founded in June, 2010 and has worked closely with the entire department ever since. It was responsible for collecting information regarding crimes inside our facility, the smuggling of narcotics or weapons and finding out the plots of inmates that want to injure correctional staff. This to great effect back in Los Santos Prison where it prevented murder and smuggling on numerous occasions. However, due to some names of those served in this unit still need to be classified, we can only thank them in anonymity.

    After our movement towards the San Andreas Correctional Facility, efficiency began to drop within the unit after the dismissal of its leader, the late R. Sharp. We sadly were not able to keep this unit on its feet, which is why we have now officially closed it on the 19th this month.

    However, this does not mean that the DoC will be left without a unit that is tasked with crime prevention and information collection. I can therefore proudly announce that in the past month, great work has been put into the Facility Anti Crime and Gang Unit, or FACGU. This unit will take over the tasks that previously belonged to FIU and more. Further announcements will be made once this unit reaches operational status.



    K-9 Department in January 2013
    Written by Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi

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    The Canine Unit in Department of Corrections was established in 2010 in an effort to reduce the number of escapes from the Los Santos Prison and to fight against rather common drug possessions in the facility. Ever since its first introduction, the unit has proved to be very useful in fight against drugs, crowd control, handler protection and much more. Efficiency of our very own K9 unit can be proved by several seizure and operation reports. Needless to say the K9 Unit plays a very big role in Department of Corrections which can not be ignored.

    As well as several other sub-departmental leadership changes done in January 2013, K-9 has also been appointed new heads - Lieutenants Mario Lombardi and Kyla Kingston, after resignation of previous leaders Floris Vance and Dylan Brooks, who due to several weeks of inactivity prior to the dismissals, left the department in quite a bad shape. Without a doubt though, their work within K-9 can not be ignored as they have been successfully leading it for over a year.

    Soon after the appointment of Lombardi and Kingston, they started working on much needed reforms of the department to bring it back to its activity, to improve organisation and to increase efficiency of their work within the SACF. Updates done in the previous months include but are not limited to implementing a new set of rules, a new way of recruiting members into the department and introducing a new rank structure. They also have their own newsletter published each month, which helps with keeping their members up to date with changes done within the sub-department.

    They have done a lot in the past month and proved themselves as capable leaders. Needless to say though, the real challenge is yet to come, with keeping the department active, organised and efficient throughout the next few months.



    First HR Event - Mount Chilliad
    Written by Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi

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    As a result of Captain Dylan Brooks resigning from the main position of the Human Resources department of the San Andreas Department of Corrections, the Command and High Command staff came to a conclusion that Captain Christopher Kingston would be the best candidate to take over leadership of this department.

    Soon after having been instated as a department head, he, alongside many members of this sub-department, planned their first event for Correctional Officers. On the 29th of January 2013, they have sent out invitations to a barbecue on top of Mount Chilliad to all correctional officers and contract workers of the SADoC. Gathering was on the 2nd of February infront of the San Andreas Correctional Facility, from where they drove in a convoy to the bottom of the mountain. A lot of them owning off-road vehicles, climb on top of the mountain was a thrill and great start of the event.

    On top of the mountain, they together assembled the BBQ while having a casual conversation. The main purpose of the event was to get to know each other and bond correctional officers who otherwise work together on a day to day basis. It was especially an important event for all newly instated COs, who joined us only weeks ago and might have had some difficult times starting their jobs without really knowing anyone.

    After a short meal, everyone was invited for a sky-diving event, after being given safety instructions by a certified pilot Kingston himself.

    The event was proved to be a great success and was pleasantly welcomed by all Correctional Officers participating.



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    We would be lying if we said we didn't expect more potential correctional officers applying for the Department of Corrections this month - Academy #24, January 2013 - seeing how it has been more than a month from our previous recruitment. We have received a total of only 29 applications, 15 of which were accepted and only 9 of which were instated into the department. Now despite going with 'quality over quantity', we are quite shocked that the result was not better.

    This was a wake up call that something is being done wrong, seeing how the amount of new correctional officers is decreasing rapidly month by month. Thus a new system of recruiting is going to be tested in February, in hope for more positive results.

    #019 - Isabella Morrison
    #020 - Ronald Osborn
    #024 - Clarissa Wright
    #026 - Dexter Henderson
    #028 - Kyle Butler
    #029 - Deshawn Davidson
    #031 - Frank Sherman
    #037 - Isabella Guerra
    #039 - Jennifer Harrison



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    Image Sergeant > Image Staff Sergeant
    #060 - Daniel Havish

    Image Corporal > Image Sergeant
    #030 - Michael Ermey
    #032 - Abigail Madox

    Image Senior Correction Officer > Image Corporal
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    Image Correction Officer > Image Senior Correction Officer
    #019 - Isabella Morrison
    #020 - Ronald Osborn
    #024 - Clarissa Wright
    #026 - Dexter Henderson
    #028 - Kyle Butler
    #037 - Isabella Guerra
    #039 - Jennifer Harrison

    Due to CO-SCO promotions being announced in the last week and late academy #24, these bulks are probably one of the smallest we have ever had. Another CO-SCO bulks promotions will follow 3 weeks from the graduation as well as some other individual promotions are going to be made in the upcoming month.


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    Awards handed out in the previous month:

    Master Certification
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    John Winnfield


    Intermediate Certification
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    Iakona Tyler
    Robert Caine


    Advanced Certification
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    Aisha Baker
    Abigail Madox
    Michael Ermey
    Sarah Wahlquist
    Hector Ross
    Damian Lockhart
    Helen Reyna
    Tito Gravano
    Dave Francis


    3 Months Service
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    Helen Reyna
    Tito Gravano
    Sophia Hastings
    Damian Lockhart


    9 Months Service
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    Kyla Kingston


    12 Months Service
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    Arthur Quin
    Robert Caine


    Firearm & Tactical Awareness Ribbon
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    Helen Reyna
    Tito Gravano
    Clarissa Wright
    Angela Havish
    Thomas McDonald


    Community Service Ribbon
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    Tito Gravano
    Jessica Kingston
    Mason Murray
    Ken Tyson
    Clarissa Wright
    Isabella Guerra
    Thomas McDonald
    Ronald Osborn
    Angela Havish



    Rookie of the month, January 2013:

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    Due to the fact we have had a late academy in January and correctional officers from it are only with us for a week, we have decided not to chose anyone for employee of the month, for obvious reasons. It will be announced later on this month if we feel anyone meets the requirements.

    Employee of the month, January 2013:

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    Much like previous months, this employee of the month has been chosen by Staff Sergeants and Command staff based on activity and dedication shown throughout the January 2013. A lot of members were noticed doing a great job in this month, but one of them was showing exceptional efforts, enthusiasm when dealing with day-to-day duties and dedication when working with inmates. Based on these and many more factors, Corporal Tito Gravano has been given the Employee of the Month award, January 2013.



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    The Public Relations department hopes you have enjoyed the January Newsletter despite really short monthly bulks. We have put a lot of effort in this edition to bring the most important events in the previous months to you and to somehow find closure of this one month.

    And for civilians reading this - this month was a great success seeing how we have opened a completely new chapter of cooperation with you. We have opened many new career possibilities, thus offering you new way of how to encounter with our daily routine. You are more than welcomed to try either of them out and work alongside Correctional Officers of the San Andreas Department of Corrections.



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    Dexter Abbruzi
    Director of Public Relations
    Commissioner


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