News, Events and Activities from Across the Alaska Department of Corrections
A class of 22 Probation Officers representing both field and institutional probation from throughout Alaska graduated on February 28th 2014 at the Department of Corrections Training Academy. In this Academy were 13 women and nine men. The students spent eight weeks learning Core Values, Legal Issues, One-On-One Control Techniques, Case File Management, Field Visits, OC, Taser, Firearms, Mental Health, Report Writing, Civil Law, and various other curriculums. Congratulations to Probation Officer Academy #25.
— Lt. Scott Dial
Spring Creek Correctional Center held a graduation ceremony Jan. 31st to honor the sixteen graduates of the Education Department’s latest GED program. The ceremony, which was catered by the Culinary Apprenticeship Program, was the culmination of months of hard work and dedication by the graduates. Not only does obtaining their GED represent a personal accomplishment for the inmates, it opens up many educational and employment opportunities. Studies have shown that inmates who earn their GED while incarcerated are significantly less likely to recidivate than those who do not. Lisa Rininger, the Learning Resources Department Head at AVTEC was the Key Note Speaker.
— Superintendent Dean Marshall
Officer Louie Schick started his service with the State of Alaska on April 4, 1988, in Nome as a Maintenance Worker II with the Department of Military Affairs. Officer Schick stayed with the Department of Military Affairs for 8+ years. On December 29, 1997, Officer Schick was hired by the Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer I at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center (AMCC). During his time at AMCC, Officer Schick promoted to a Correctional Officer II and was an Acting Correctional Officer III on numerous occasions. Since transferring to PCC, Officer Schick has worked at the medium and minimum facilities. We would like thank him for his service and continued dedication to the Department of Corrections and Palmer Correctional Center. Officer Schick is currently working on his 26th year with our Department at PCC!
— Superintendent Tomi Anderson
Municipal Officer Academy #5 graduated eight officers from various municipal jails located throughout the state. The three-week Academy was held at the DOC Academy in Palmer, graduation was February 21. The curriculum included searches, fire safety, core values, one-on-one control techniques, OC, use of force, report writing, CPR, officer survival, civil law, and various other curriculum.
— Lt. Scott Dial
On January 23rd Probation Officers (PO) Jeff Norris and Becky Tuominen had completed a remand to the Anchorage Correctional Complex and were returning to the field to complete more home contacts, when they witnessed a new crime. They observed a young man exiting an Office Depot store and watched him remove a laptop computer from under his shirt. PO Norris pulled their DOC vehicle into the store parking lot and maintained a visual on the suspect; meanwhile PO Tuominen spoke to the store manager about the theft at hand. PO Tuominen radioed Anchorage Police Department Dispatch, once it was confirmed that the suspect had in fact stolen the laptop. PO Norris and PO Tuominen detained the suspect until APD officers arrived on scene. It was later confirmed that the suspect was also involved in other computer thefts, one of which had made the evening news. The suspect was arrested and later confessed to the thefts. PO Norris and PO Tuominen acted in a safe manner and within their authority. Their quick action ended a string of ongoing thefts and ensured community safety.
— PO V Keith Thayer
Goose Creek Correctional Center has inaugurated a Cell Dog program. The first class includes six dogs working with 15 inmate volunteers. Each dog is assigned 2-3 handlers who take turns being the primary handler. As handlers, inmates learn a variety of training techniques all based on the use of positive reinforcement. Many of the dogs at GCCC have been at the shelter for a while and you can see the joy come back to them as they are socialized and able to get out and exercise at the facility. Each dog will stay here for 8-10 weeks were they will learn a variety of things to make it more suitable for adoption such as how to walk on leash, sit, stay, and come to its handler. The dogs are also kennel trained and spend the nights in their kennels which are located in their primary handler’s room. The goal of the program is to find as many dogs homes as possible and to also give the inmates something to do which is positive while serving their time. If anyone is interested in adopting any of the dogs they can contact the Matsu Bureau Animal Shelter at (907) 746-5500.
About the dogs:
- Faith is a brindle and white colored pit bull. She can sit, stay, fetch and heel. She also has been trained to go into her kennel on command. Faith is one year and four months old. She is very friendly and affectionate. Faith needs a loving home and will be a great addition to any household.
- Carley is very playful and smart dog. She is half black lab and half golden retriever. Carley likes to play and would be a good dog with kids and active people. She is very young and lovable. She needs lots of attention. She is a quick learner and has a lot of potential.
- Mac is a one year old black lab. He is very personable and eager to please. He knows how to sit, lay down, and wait. He loves to play fetch and run and play. Mac would be a great family dog.
- Sadie is a 9 month old German Shepard and lab mix. She loves to play and is full of energy. She is very affectionate and loves to get attention. She can follow basic commands.
- Tank is a ten month old male malamute/pit bull mix. He is kennel trained and has been learning basic commands. He has a lot of energy and enjoys retrieving tennis balls. Tank would be a good dog for an active person.
- Annabelle is a 3 year old golden lab with lots of energy. She is very friendly and very obedient. She can sit, laydown, heal, stay and more all with one command. Annabelle also knows hand signals. Annabelle is very smart and is a fast learner.