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28 Officers Complete PTO Academy – Largest Ever

On August 1st the Department of Corrections Training Academy reached a milestone. Under the command of Lieutenant Jake Wyckoff, the Training Academy hosted the largest Prisoner Transport Academy to date. Twenty-eight candidates attended and successfully completed the course. To attend PTO training the officer candidates are nominated by their supervisors, selected by the institution and must pass a psychological exam. On the first day of class students are required to pass a physical standard test and shotgun qualification to remain in the Prisoner Transport Officer Academy.
During the four weeks of training officers are exposed to a variety of information and skill sets directly related to their new responsibilities. Officers attending the PTO Academy work together to learn new skills and overcome difficulties while developing friendships that will last throughout their career. During the Academy student performance is constantly evaluated. It is with pride that we announce the Class Valedictorian for the Prisoner Transport Academy #25, Joseph Smith from Palmer Correctional Complex. Congratulations on a job well done.

— PO III Caroline Stevens

DOC Participates in Annual Governor’s Picnics

The Department of Corrections maintained a display booth at the annual Governor’s Picnics in Anchorage, Palmer, Fairbanks and Juneau. The DOC booths featured displays of prisoner-grown produce (from Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm) and hand-crafted items from Palmer Correctional Center, Lemon Creek Correctional Center and Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. Thanks to input and assistance from numerous staff members, the booths were a success with a great deal of interaction with the community: from former prisoners to tourists from Australia.

Spring Creek Culinary Apprentice Class Caters Prisoner Banquet

Spring Creek Correctional Center recently conducted a banquet for prisoners and their families. It was a huge success as the Culinary Apprenticeship Program created a wonderful assortment of foods with a regional flair ranging from Filipino to traditional American style foods. Program participants and prisoner volunteers helped organize and prepare this event for over 250 people. It was a was a real testament to the efforts of the apprenticeship students and prisoner volunteers who helped with preparing the food, set up and logistics to run this event in concert with the kitchen staff. Of note is Kitchen Steward Robert Saxon whose talent focused on organizing not only this banquet but previous banquets and moving the apprenticeship program forward. He also orchestrated the highly successful “Iron Chef” competition among the culinary students to challenge the skills they learn in the program. The Spring Creek Program currently has 10 prisoners enrolled and it has graduated numerous prisoners with an AvTec Culinary Certificate over the past several years. This is a particularly noteworthy effort as Spring Creek continues to move forward in one of the facility’s missions of promoting rehabilitative programming for its population of long term sentenced felons.