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    Department of Corrections Newsletter, March 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 brand new 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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    Another passively active month is behind us. I say passively active because we, the command and high command team haven't made many new changes this month, yet the department is moving forward in regards to day-to-day work and generally fulfilling its duties for the community. Not to worry though, this doesn't mean we will stand behind and watch the department on its steady path; we do have some major plans for the following month, including a prison store, for which we have already made plans with the construction company that built the SA-CF. It has also been approved by the government and is only waiting final conclusions now. The construction shouldn't take more than two weeks and the result will undoubtedly change the lives of our prisoners as well as duties of you, our Correctional Officers. We will keep you updated with information as we move along and in the mean time, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other member of the Staff if you have any concerns.

    Commissioner Dexter Abbruzi



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    RTA - SADoC Combined Operation
    Written by Correction Officer Lockhart, edited by Assistant Commissioner Winnfield

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    In the evening of March 26, 2013, the San Andreas Department of Corrections had a planned visit from Reg's Truckers Association, a non-profit organization involving truck drivers from all over the state. RTA's on-site members, a group of well-disciplined truck drivers, were to deliver supplies to the San Andreas Correctional Facility (SACF), including provisions as well as uniforms, for inmates. They arrived at approximately 22:00, but due to a incident outside the walls of SACF, the convoy was delayed by thirty minutes. At around 22:15, a white sports car pulled up with two armed gunmen, and the vehicles of the convoy were shot at briefly, before the car drove away and dissapeared in the night. Fortunately nobody was injured, yet the trucks sustained some degree of damage. The trio managed to enter SACF safely where the employee's of SACF, Correctional Officers, gave them a warm welcome. The sports car was found, shortly after the incident outside SACF, by two units from the San Andreas Sheriff's Department and the gunmen were successfully arrested.

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    Three Correctional Officers escorted the small convoy to the loading bay of the facility, where they were to load the supplies off. Due to events that were happening inside the walls of the correctional facility that night, the trio were getting stressed, but with the help of an SADoC employee, they had no actual problems loading their cargo off. They continued to load supplies off and the two groups seemed to have a nice talk, developing a friendly atmosphere overall. The rest of the night was calm and the inmate population was quiet aswell, later on. It began to get cloudy so RTA was more than quick to unload the supplies. After successfully loading the cargo off, it became apparent that the trucks wihhc were damaged by the gunmen required repairs in order to depart. For this reason, Correctional Officers called a mechanic who later arrived outside SACF and made the necessary repairs on the vehicles without compications.

    After approximately fifteen minutes, the engines were ready for the long way home to Red County. Reg's Trucker Association truck drivers were succesfully escorted outside SACF, and the convoy made its way back to Blueberry without any trouble.

    The San Andreas Department of Corrections hopes to maintain its friendly relationship with Reg's Trucker Association in the future, and wishes the best for those on the long haul.



    Human Resources - Easter Bunny
    Written by Deputy Commissioner Galen Hawkins

    Monday the 25th of March, during the run up to Easter, the Human Resources department began a new event. This event, titled appropriately "Easter Bunny", involved Correctional Officers giving Correctional Officers gifts. However, a lottery was held behind the scenes so none knew who he or she was going to receive a gift from.

    From what we heard, the event was a success. We've heard of gifts being given, from simple home made things, to cars. Goes to show how holidays can bring the forward in most of us. But after last Monday, when Easter was officially over, it was back to the beat and back to the inmates.

    We hope everyone enjoyed the success and appreciated every gift received and given. Remember, giving someone a gift feels better than receiving one most of the time.



    April Fools
    Written by Deputy Commissioner Galen Hawkins

    There are relatively few Correctional Officers left in the DoC that can say that they worked in the Los Santos Prison, even before its first overhaul. However, luckily for us, the entire High Command team did. And on April 1st, April Fools, we made sure to remind Commissioner Abbruzi of his roots.

    Before the first improvement work on Los Santos Prison, we only had an entrance, control room and the cell block with gym and yard. To many, this won't be something imaginable, but back then, it was real. We even lacked a proper office for the commissioner. But strangely, we did have a door to the roof. Something which the Commissioner used in an extraordinary way, by placing his desk on the roof of Los Santos Prison.

    When we moved to SACF, this obviously became something obsolete as we now have a commissioner's office. But that doesn't mean the desk on a roof was forgotten. Which is why on April Fools, it was high time we got some of the feeling of LSP back. And with "we", I mean the Commissioner, who could find his desk not in his office but... You guessed it; On the roof of SACF.

    Fortunately, it was good weather that day. It's still unknown how the desk came down again, but one thing is sure; Commissioner Abbruzi now rather works inside, than back on a roof.



    Resignation of Honorary Commissioner Daniel Undr
    Written by Corporal Frank Sherman

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    Former Honorary Commissioner Daniel Undr
    March 14th, 2013: Today was a sad day for the whole San Andreas Department of Corrections. This morning, in fact, Honorary Commissioner Daniel Undr resigned from the SADoC, thus interrupting his long-lasting career in the Department of Corrections.

    DoC CAREER
    Undr has joined the New York City Department of Corrections in 1963 as a Corrections Officer, being transferred to the then - Los Santos City Department of Corrections ten years later, in 1973, with the rank of Sergeant. For the following 30 years, Undr served honourably and with great ability the SADoC (which, during this time, changed its name first in LSP and then in DoC), being appointed Deputy Warden of the Los Santos Prison in 2003. In April 2009, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the SADoC while still serving as medical practitioner for the LSEMS; Undr was the best person to fill the position of Greg Collins as SADoC Commissioner, when the latter resigned in August 2010. Under Undr, the SADoC established its board and gained semi-independence from the Los Santos Police Department, by placing the old facility, the Los Santos Prison, partly under the DoC control.

    He resigned in late 2010 from both his DoC position as well as his office within the Los Santos Government, appointing Adam Williams as his replacement and moving back to San Fierro. His retirement, though, didn't last long: in March 2011, when Williams decided to resign, Undr returned in Los Santos, where he was appointed as Honorary Commissioner, the very first one holding that rank. He then appointed Dexter Abbruzi as the new Commissioner (still in charge) of the San Andreas Department of Corrections. He continued to serve the DoC working behind the scenes and rarely appearing at public events; while only occasionally showing up at the new San Andreas Correctional Facility, his presence and influence were always felt by the DoC officers who both feared and respected him. In March 2013 he officially resigned from the San Andreas Department of Corrections, ending his 50 years long career in this field.

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    Daniel Undr as Deputy Warden of LSP, 2003
    AN OUTSTANDING CITIZEN
    In February 2009, Undr was also appointed as a medical practitioner in the Los Santos Emergency Medical Services (now under control of the Los Santos Fire Department), becoming 3rd-in-Command of the organization in just 8 months (September 2009). Shortly later, he joined the San Andreas Network in December 2009, serving as Deputy CEO. But Undr was also a politician: he held the seat of Deputy Mayor for two times, the first time in February 2010 under Mayor Jim Hoover, successfully serving two terms, and the second one in 2011 under Mayor Naomi Williams. He was an outstanding citizen and a great example for the population of Los Santos.


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    Another Recruitment Session done, another batch of new Correction Officers. Academy #26, while small in size, packed a group of tight-knit, motivated and disciplined recruits in itself. In total, 34 applications were reviewed, out of which 17 were accepted. In total, 11 recruits got to become Graduated Recruits, passing all stages of recruitment with satisfying results. They became full-pledged Correction Officers on Wednesday, 3 April, during their Graduation Ceremony. Academy #26 was conducted without complications and at lightning speed, with three successful Academy Sessions.

    The Training and Recruitment sub-department of the San Andreas Department of Corrections would like to thank all who took interest in the recruitment process, and wish everyone a Happy Easter.


    #006 - Greg Fisher
    #008 - Amy Johnston
    #030 - Joanne Davenport
    #040 - Carl Faust
    #043 - Quincy Mayfield
    #044 - Jason Bauer
    #045 - Dylan Hamptons
    #048 - Orville Planansky
    #049 - Marcus Adams
    #050 - Martin Poler
    #006 - Jonathan Atkins

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    Image Staff Sergeant > Image Lieutenant
    #079 - Helen Reyna

    Image Sergeant > Image Staff Sergeant
    #064 - Keahilani Kalakaua

    Image Corporal > Image Sergeant
    #010 - Angela Havish
    #017 - Mason Murray
    #031 - Frank Sherman

    Image Senior Correction Officer > Image Corporal
    #019 - Keith Howard
    #039 - Rainee Murguia
    #029 - Deshawn Davidson

    Image Correction Officer > Image Senior Correction Officer
    #018 - Jorge Seaman
    #020 - Theresa Lockhart
    #021 - Jonathan Hatcher
    #025 - Benjamin Ross
    #035 - Giovanni Poldiotta
    #042 - Keandre Mahoney
    #003 - Jonathan Delanto

    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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    First Aid Ribbon
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    Giovanni Poldilotta


    Community Service Ribbon
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    Keith Howard


    3 Months Service Award
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    Angela Havish


    Good Conduct Award
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    Helen Reyna


    Advanced Certification
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    Thomas McDonald
    Jessica Kingston


    Purple Heart
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    Benjamin Ross
    Charles Hawk


    Rookie of the month, February 2013:

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    Academy #25 has produced a great number of promising, dedicated and enthusiastic Correction Officers. To show a bright future in their career at this early point takes a sometimes unsustainable ammount of willpower from these newly instated officers. Many factors are taken into consideration when the Rookiee of the Month is chosen every month, and sometimes, it is an extremely close call.
    We would be lying if we said deciding was an easy task, but in the end, based on the votes, Senior Correction Officer Giovanni Poldilotta has earned this prestigious award. Rookiee of the Month, March 2013. Congratulations.

    Employee of the month, February 2013:

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    Throughout their career, Correctional Officers are faced with challenges that tend to break individuals, both due to level of difficulty and ammount of work to be done. As these officers advance in their career, the number of challenges continues growing, multiplying and changing. Initiative is required to find the right methods - employed by other, more experienced members of the department successfully -, but it also takes personal skill to put these methods to use. The Employee of the Month award is given to those who truly excel at what they do during a given time period, but it also indicates an undeniable ammount of effort put into the department, by said individual.
    This effort can come from various sources, from sub-departments, parole, supervising others, to just general presence on duty. Due to the combined effort she has shown, Lieutenant Helen Reyna was chosen to be the Employee of the Month, for March 2013.



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    The Public Relations department is going through a bit of a tough phase at the moment, with only a few active members which is far from enough if we take into account how much a public image is important for a governmental department like a Department of Corrections is. Regardless though, newsletters will keep getting published and we will make sure that a steady flow of articles meets the public eye, but it would be much easier of those at least a little bit interested in these kind of things would apply for PR and help us out.

    We wish you a lovely and safe April and a good start of the spring, 2013.




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    Dexter Abbruzi
    Director of Public Relations
    Commissioner


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