News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections
The Juneau Central Office for the Department of Corrections celebrated four employees’ years of service awards recognized by the State of Alaska. Commissioner Ron Taylor, along with Deputy Commissioners Diane Casto and Remond Henderson as well as the Director of Administrative Services, April Wilkerson, all were present to honor their employees and thank them for many years of dedicated hard work for the State of Alaska.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, The Alaska Dispatch News held a job fair at the Alaska Airlines Center located on the UAA campus in Anchorage. Department of Corrections had a booth staffed with professionals from the medical division, probation/parole division and training division.
Partnering with UAA provided an opportunity for our department to seek out a very diverse pool of potential applicants. While working at the booth our employees represented DOC as very knowledgeable professionals that take pride in their career choices. Foot traffic in the arena provided great opportunity for exposure and allowed our representatives to provide information about positions currently available within our department and explain how to apply through Workplace Alaska.
It is the volunteer participants that make these events so successful and help foster a positive image of Corrections with our community.
Congratulations to Prisoner Transportation Officer Lynn Hays and Drug Detection Dog Marley on their successful certification as the Alaska Department of Corrections first certified Drug Detection Team! They successfully completed an intensive AST Academy and were certified with the AST teams at the end of the course. Our team is now available to conduct official drug searches at our Facilities, Field Offices, Community Residential Centers, Prisoner Work sites or any other DOC area.
Canine Marley is trained to search areas. He will not be used to search people. Security staff will have to be present with the team for all searches. Marley is trained to sit, when he detects drugs! An onsite Correctional Officer or Probation Officer will conduct an actual search, secure the evidence, initiate the chain of custody and write the reports for possible disciplinary and/or criminal proceedings.
The addition of this team to our department brings a real boost to our capabilities in the area of drug suppression in our facilities and field offices. Lieutenant Jimmie Wallace is the supervisor and coordinator for all Detection Team duties. Again, a well-deserved congratulation to Officer Hays and Canine Marley!
Spring Creek was happy to support the White House Communications Agency during the presidential visit to the City of Seward and the surrounding area by providing needed support for securing sensitive equipment and a vehicle that was used throughout the week immediately preceding and during President Obama’s visit. The President came to Seward to view significant glacier formations in and around the city and in Resurrection Bay as part of his efforts in highlighting the impact of climate change. As Spring Creek Correctional Center has the most secure area for storage in the community this was the ideal location to store and monitor the sensitive items with 24/7 surveillance. As Spring Creek Correctional Center and the Seward Police Department have an excellent working relationship it was an easy assist for the police department and all was secure and readily available when White House Communications Agency staffers came to the facility to obtain their equipment throughout the week.
Written by Clare Sullivan, Correctional Superintendent, Spring Creek Correctional Center
The Alaska Department of Corrections is proud to present the Correctional Officer Academy #128. This Basic Correctional Officer Academy graduated 30 Correctional Officers on August 21, 2015. The Class Valedictorian, Officer Scott Love, is from the Anchorage Correctional Complex and Officer Jolene Tolbert, from Spring Creek Correctional Center, was chosen by her fellow colleagues as the class speaker. For more information on Officer Recruitment and the Training Academy, please visit this link. Congratulations Correctional Officer #128 Academy Graduates!