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    Department of Corrections Newsletter, February 2013


    Months keep flying by but San Andreas Department of Corrections and San Andreas Correctional Facility are not going anywhere. This month has been vital for the improvements that the Command and High Command were trying to implement long time ago. Situation reports, Facility Anti Crime and Gang Unit, introduction of new Correctional officers...- About that and about a lot more you can read in this month's newsletter.

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    A few days ago, I met an old colleague that I have worked with as a low ranked Correctional Officer in Los Santos Prison. We got to talking and got caught in the nostalgia of the old prison organisation, structure and facility.

    I am ashamed to admit that until that conversation, I have not once stopped for a moment, looked back in time and acknowledge how much we have achieved over the past few years. It took him to remind me of that and to tell me how important it is to stop for a while every now and then and look around. Now, correctional officers, I ask the same of you. Stop for a moment and remember the old days.

    Los Santos Prison with a total of two cellblocks, six cells, one desk inbetween the cellblocks, several useless rooms and isolation cells on a whole other level, lacking security more than the regular cells; prison guard job with a total of 10-15 employees with corruption on every step and lack of organisation and resources available. That was the birth of the Department of Corrections that we have now and whether we admit it or not, we were damn proud of what we had, despite striving for more.

    Then over the next few years, the department started developing faster than ever. Leadership changed, employees changed, government changed and with that, the whole department had been reformed more than once to finally reach a satisfying form. The San Andreas Department of Corrections has it all now; we can't possibly ask for more and now it is on us to seize every opportunity we get to pay respect and make those who made this all possible proud of what we have achieved.

    Let the past be an inspiration!

    Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi



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    The Power of Speech
    Written by Honorary Commissioner Daniel Undr

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    The San Andreas Department of Corrections prides it self on providing the finest training for our Correction Officers, but at times, the prison may seem to be a very frightening and scary environment; particularly for new graduates. I remember when I had first entered the correction system and was absolutely terrified as a 'Correction Officer,' but as time went by, things did get better. With this, from all my years of experience, I believe the greatest way to deal with any disputes or events, is not to use your taser gun, your pepper spray or anything else in your weapons inventory. Instead, the greatest weapon to use is your hands, and your mouth. The power of diplomacy is absolutely astounding in the 21st century, because not only does it give you the ability to voice your own opinions to the inmates, it also allows them to have the ability to reason and in turn, allows you to influence their actions. As Correction Officers, not only are you the guardian angels of our proud state correction facility, but you are also a leader and a role model to the prisoners. Remember, if you are harsh on the prisoners, they will act harsh as well, treat them with respect and they will treat you with respect. As the old famous saying goes, 'monkey see, monkey do.'



    Situation Reports
    Written by Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi

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    After a long discussion between the Command and High Command staff of the San Andreas Department of Corrections about how to improve the department's organisation as well as safety and awareness of what is going on in the facility, it has been decided to implement semi-mandatory formal situation reports. They have been officially introduced into the department's scheme on the 7th of February, 2013 and have been in effect ever since.

    In less than a month, we have received over 40 constructive situation reports informing the whole department of happenings in the facility as well as outside of it. They are being regularly read by the DoC executive staff in order to gain valuable information that can help improving the department and the San Andreas Correctional Facility safety. Facts and information acknowledged from the reports are also being taken into consideration when discussing further changes effecting the department and community of the DoC as a whole, as well as prisoners of the SACF.

    Needless to say these reports are now a valuable addition to the department and even if they were not presented nor are seen as a major change, that is what they are as it will show throughout the next few months, years.



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

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    As previously announced in last month's newsletter, following the closure of the Facility Intelligence Unit, the Department of Corrections was in the process of setting up a new unit; The Facility Anti Crime and Gang Unit, or FACGU for short.

    I can hereby proudly announce that the Facility Anti Crime and Gang Unit has been added to the selection of active sub-departments the DoC has. During the next days when this unit is completely finalized and assumes the tasks assigned to them, further information regarding recruitment for the FACGU will be made available.

    As the Facility Anti Crime and Gang Unit involves heavy interaction with the prison population, both the general population and high risk individuals, when one thinks of signing up he or she must not be faint hearted. Duties that have been assigned to the FACGU are, amongst others; Crime Investigation, Cataloging inmates and Department C1 (Solitary) management. A cool head is required for these duties, which is why the selection for FACGU will not be an easy one.

    In the day-to-day duties, FACGU will be relatively on the background regarding what regular COs do. However, to have the FACGU properly function there will be an increase for paperwork for regular inmates. This involves writing mandatory C1 isolation reports and list charges that accompany that particular inmate. With a new prison judge system, these inmates will be isolated based on the offenses they made in SACF. But this will all be elaborated to you in due time.



    Correctional Officer and Their Equipment
    Written by Sergeant Abigail Madox

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    San Andreas Department of Corrections (SADoC) is a department with high standards! Not only we, correctional officers, represent San Andreas Correctional Facility (SACF) and SADoC, we represent all of the departments in San Andreas! All three of them; Los Santos Fire Department, San Andreas Sheriff Department, Los Santos Police Department. All of them have high standards in their equipment and their maintenance.

    It's not a secret that the uniform of a correctional officer is supposed to be ironed and clean. With no coffee stains from the break, he or she had earlier. The same goes for the shoes, who must be polished at all times, especially when there are members of media around him or her while on duty. It's understandable that this could be a little hard, since the SADoC's facility is located in the desert, between mountains and sand seas. But nerveless, once in a while, when you go to a short coffee break, you could use a napkin to dust your trusty uniform boots off. Clean uniform with boots are needed to keep a positive image to the society.

    What goes for the equipment - it must be secured in their supposed holsters! There is absolutely no exceptions. Even if you think that you will have to use your taser X26. Then, you have to keep your palm on top of the holster, finger under the leather belt, taking it out once you need it by moving the finger upwards, opening the leather lances for the holster.

    This could seem like a useless thing at first, however it can end up with a hostage situation and a lot of trouble for a lot of people, since a taser shot from short distance in temple area could even kill the hostage. So watch your equipment from the sneaky fingers, most of the inmates have them and wouldn't mind having a taser or a baton in their hands. Make sure all of your stuff are secured and in their supposed places! From flashlight to baton and heavier weaponry, if your rank lets you to have it.



    Correctional Officers and Getting in Touch with Inmates Protocol
    Written by Sergeant Abigail Madox

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    It is not a secret that inmates wish to keep the contact with their family or friends. It's also not a secret that a lot of people are confused on how the Post services works in San Andreas Department of Corrections. Overall it is quite simple and not too hard to remember, however there are some rules that need to be followed.

    However those rules are meant for civilians who wish to send letters, cards or books to his imprisoned friend. It is a Correctional Officer's duty to inspect these incoming and outgoing packages and letters, as well as the books must be examined. Just note that only letters from lawyers and detectives are censored and can only be examined by a member of Command staff.

    Also bare in mind that this is a privilege to the inmates that can and will be revoked if the individual is misbehaving or just causing trouble. Same goes to the visits with people who comes to our Facility as well as calls from the phone. Keep yourself update on the blacklisted inmates for visitations and be sure to store the letters who were supposed to go to the misbehaving inmate!

    Packages and letters between civilian and inmate are not classified to Correctional Officers and must be read before giving the letter to the inmate. Also be sure to make a copy of the letter to keep the system updated and ready to be used by investigation unit. Also books are to be examined closely for any kind of contraband. If such contraband is found, the package is declined and reported to high-ranks within the department and they will decide how to act from there. Most likely the civilian will be prosecuted by law.

    Correctional Officers should and most likely know that the banned content for inmates are:
    - Pornography
    - Pictures that have sexual meaning in them
    - Picture of a crime
    - Also things that have any content in them that supports racial hate and such.

    For inmates to be able to respond to these letters they can be given a special pen, designed for prison atmosphere. It is made out of rubber and can not be used as improvised weapon, once the inmate have been finished with his answer to the letter, he must return the pen to a Correctional Officer with his letter, that is to be examined as well and copied for the archives.


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    Academy #25 saw an increased ammount of activity compared to #24, which is natural: as months pass and we get closer to Summer, the number of applications tend to steadily increase. This "trend" has yet to surprise the Training and Recruitment Department, which stood vigilanty and received 40 applications, out of which 20 were accepted. Altogether 12 graduated recruits were instated in the department and an additional 3 are awaiting a private academy session. Interestingly, 4 applicants showed no intention to get their medical evaluations and interviews done, and therefore were kicked out at the end of Academy #25.

    Due to the hectic weather conditions, the Graduation Ceremony took place 5 days later than it was originally planned. Overall, it can be said that Academy #25 was a success, despite the unexpected conditions which proved to be quite problematic.

    #006 - Marshall Bishop
    #018 - Jorge Seaman
    #020 - Theresa Lockhart
    #021 - Jonathan Hatcher
    #024 - Amanda Zamora
    #025 - Benjamin Ross
    #026 - Billy Shelton
    #027 - Thawab Shammas
    #030 - James Ellis
    #035 - Giovanni Poldiotta
    #037 - Charles Hawk
    #041 - Lupus Cartagena

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    Image Corporal > Image Sergeant
    #022 - Aisha Baker

    Image Senior Correction Officer > Image Corporal
    #001 - Jessica Kingston
    #014 - Thomas McDonald
    #031 - Frank Sherman

    Image Correction Officer > Image Senior Correction Officer
    #029 - Deshawn Davidson

    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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    Intermediate Certification
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    Daniel Havish
    Helen Reyna

    Advanced Certification
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    Angela Havish
    Mason Murray

    First Aid Ribbon
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    Helen Reyna
    Mason Murray
    Thomas McDonald
    Raymond Hunter
    Reginald Carrington
    Isabella Morrison


    Community Service Ribbon
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    Aisha Baker
    Deshawn Davidson
    Frank Sherman



    Rookie of the month, February 2013:

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    Taking into consideration we haven't handed out Rookie of the Month award the previous month, we have decided to take into consideration Senior Correction Officers as well this month, despite them usually being nominated for Employee of the Month. Now to get to the point - this month's Rookie of the Month has shown great dedication and activity on all fields in the Department of Corrections - advanced trainings, administrative tasks, sub-department wise and many more. Being 'only' an SCO, this is definitely worth mentioning as we haven't had this enthusiastic person for a long while now. I will let his actions speak for themselves - Rookie of the Month, Frank Sherman.

    Employee of the month, February 2013:

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    Much like our Rookie of the Month, the person receiving this prestigious award was showing enthusiasm and dedication on more than just the regular stage of the DoC duties. He has shown exceptional skills especially in the Correctional Medical Services, resulting in saving a lot of lives and directly improving health of several prisoners as well as Correctional Officers. That along is a worth mentioning achievement, but combined with his leadership skills and on duty performance, Mason Murray has been chosen for the Employee of the Month, February 2013.



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    Learning never stops. Life is like a school that teaches us how to face and overcome problems that we stumble across as we go. It is important to keep your head up and stand behind your beliefs no matter how hard it gets. After all, what do you have if you don't have your principles?

    "This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up."
    -Marilyn Monroe




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    Dexter Abbruzi
    Director of Public Relations
    Commissioner


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