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AMCC Sergeant Honored for 10 Years’ Service

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Anvil Mountain Correctional Center’s Sgt. John Tidwell was recently honored for his 10 years of service with the Department of Corrections. Prior to AMCC, he served 8 years at Fairbanks Correctional Center where he started his career. Currently Sgt. Tidwell is Shift Supervisor; pictured with him is his shift that works day in and night out: Officers Dwayne Koweluk, Nicholas Gray, Adam Lust, and Doug Buchanan.

— Officer Jennifer Oconnor

Anvil Mountain Correctional Officer Honored for Five Years’ Service

Photo of CO Bonham with shift coworkers

Correctional Officer Gregory Bonham was honored for five years’ service at AMCC in Nome. Officer Bonham is from Michigan and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has a strong passion for hunting and fishing and Alaska has just that. Prior to AMCC, he started a career with the Nome Police Department in 2005. NPD sent him to the Alaska State Trooper Academy where he got his certification to become a Police Officer for Nome. Officer Bonham switched agencies and started at AMCC in September 2009. He is pictured with his shift: Correctional Officers Sherry Gilbert, Gilbert Ozenna, and Simon Powell, and Sgt. Jennifer Shannon.

Fairbanks Probation Officers Bring Christmas to Child Victims of Domestic Violence

Photo of Fairbanks probation officers with wrapped presents for children

Fairbanks District Office staff involved with supervising the District’s domestic violence offender caseload worked together to make a better Christmas for young victims of domestic violence. In all, the effort provided assistance to families receiving services through the Interior Center for Non-Violent Living, the Fairbanks shelter for women in distress from domestic violence. The team consisting of Probation Officers Sheri White, James Johnson and Glenn Bacon, and Criminal Justice Technician Christopher Hampton, along with a significant donation from former Probation Officer Timothy “Stick” Stickel and his colleagues at the University of Alaska Fairbanks eLearning & Distance Education office raised money to purchase Christmas presents for children ranging in age from three months to sixteen years, representing nearly 100 families. PO White’s sister, Tammy Williams (In-Court Clerk for the Court System), and CJT Hampton’s wife Christie and daughter Hannah generously volunteered to help with shopping and wrapping. PO White, the lead domestic violence probation officer for Fairbanks, said, “We wanted to create another dimension to probation officer work in the community, and what better place to start than with child victims of domestic violence. We work daily with the staff at the women’s shelter for victim support services, and they are instrumental to the success of DOC’s Fairbanks domestic violence program. Our ability to partner with the University was an added bonus.”

Anchorage Probation Office Shares Holiday Spirit

The Anchorage Probation Office wanted to share the spirit of the Holidays with the rest of the Department through the DOC Blog. CJT Lori Taylor has long been the keeper of the Santa hats for the office. Additionally PO II Becky Tuominen (second from the left) won our first annual “ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.” We wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday season!

— PO V Keith Thayer