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Dept. of Corrections sees success at halfway houses, KTUU Channel 2 News

Check out this KTUU Channel 2 News story on Alaska Department of Corrections success in halfway houses

KAMP Program Making an Impact on Kodiak

When the Kodiak Area Mentor Program, aka KAMP, was started in May, 2014, the vision was to promote relationships between community members and people who are involved in the criminal justice system. We had a goal in mind, that mentors (healthy people in the community) would build relationships with mentees (inmates, people on probation, people who are struggling with addiction) and help them break unhealthy cycles and eventually mentees might become mentors themselves.

Two and a half years later KAMP has experienced tremendous growth and the goal has been met! Jami Gibson, KAMP mentee, is now facilitating KAMP Group on Friday nights for the six-week-long series “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman.

Additionally, KAMP mentor, Shawn Olsen, who was formerly involved in the criminal justice system himself, is currently teaming up with Probation and Parole Officer Jill Bunting to develop a peer mentoring program to provide guidance to probationers and parolees who are struggling with managing finances. Shawn’s own experience of getting out of debt, repairing his credit, and meeting all of his financial obligations with the Court system and other entities, is an inspirational journey. He is eager to share his skills with others so they can be free of financial burdens also.

For more information about the Kodiak Area Mentor Program “like” us on Facebook or on the website:

https://www.facebook.com/kodiakareamentorprogram/

http://www.kodiakmentors.org//

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Merry Christmas from the Anchorage Probation Office

The Anchorage Probation Office (APO) had its Christmas Party this week, which included a lunch prepared by the APO Management Team (rib roast and all the fixings). We also had a unit competition for wall decorating and an “ugly sweater” contest.

The Mental Health Unit won the wall decorating competition and PO III Rebecca Reed won the “ugly sweater” contest. Our thanks to Deputy Director Brunger, Director Fox and Director Belden for being judges for the wall decorating competition.

APO staff also collected winter clothing for local charities leading up to the party.

The staff in the ugly sweater contest were PO Guzman, PO Bartz, PO Entsminger, PO Lovelace, PO III Reed and Chief Probation Officer Keith Thayer.

The Anchorage Probation Office wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

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Anchorage Probation Sex Offender Unit Being Proactive

Doing proactive field work, the Alaska Department of Corrections Anchorage Probation Office Sex Offender Unit conducted walking patrols and field checks during the Alaska State Fair during “Kids Day” and on Halloween to identify any sex offenders in the area who were in violation of their supervision conditions.

One sex offender was discovered and removed from the area during the Alaska State Fair and all probationers and parolees were found to be in compliance during Halloween.

Thank you Anchorage Probation and the Sex Offender Unit for your dedication and hard work. We appreciate it!

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Bethel Probation Officer Stops Escaped Inmate

PO Nick Charles of Bethel Probation assisted Troopers in apprehending an escaped inmate in Bethel recently.

PO Charles was punched in the jaw as he attempted to cuff the escapee; he is OK, a little sore, but OK thankfully.

Bethel Probation team members PO Justin Brandt, PO Lynn Carlson and PO Nick Charles deserve recognition for their efforts.

It was all hands on deck out there and Bethel PD and AST were certainly appreciative.

We appreciate you!

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week: Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley EM Unit staff

As we celebrate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, we want to take a moment to highlight the very important work our probation and parole professionals do here in Alaska.

Today we showcase the outstanding Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley EM Unit staff. They are a consummate team of professionals as they carry out the mission of this Department/Division, moreover, the philosophy which has defined EM success.

They utilize team when performing these tasks and are passionate about impacting change and making a difference. Their supervisor PO III Josh Mercer says he is honored and proud to work with them and for them.

Thank you Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley EM Unit Staff for your service and dedication! We appreciate you!

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week: Fairbanks PACE Team

As we celebrate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, we want to take a moment to highlight the very important work our probation and parole professionals do here in Alaska.

Today we showcase The Fairbanks Probation Team who has rose to the challenge of implementing the PACE program. The PACE team is comprised of four individuals who have all taken the bull by the horns and have come out on top.

PO Korhonen’ s skill as an experienced field officer ensures the PACE team is frequently conducting home visits and executing expedient and safe arrests when needed. PO Bond’s ability to communicate with offenders and her ability to craft Re-Entry plans help the PACE participants comply with the demanding requirements imposed on them and help’s offenders remain violation free. PO Whitman’s skills in the court room is common knowledge in the Fairbanks area. His ability to be fair to both the offender and the community when crafting rehabilitation plans that address treatment needs and societal norms is recognized by Judges and attorneys. Criminal Justice Technician Taylor’s ability to keep up with the high volume of paperwork and the tracking of statistics is unmatched. His skill with computers has created tracking programs and forms which have made almost unmanageable tasks manageable.

The Fairbanks PACE program is off to a great start and will continue to expand and improve the PACE program.

Thank you Fairbanks PACE Team for your service! We appreciate you!

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week: Anchorage Probation Office

As we celebrate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, we want to take a moment to highlight the very important work our probation and parole professionals do here in Alaska.

Today we showcase The Anchorage Probation Office whose Probation Officers are shown in a monthly training for staff.

In the photograph below, PO III Norris is reviewing issues related to Search and Seizure. Thank you to all of our trainers for Office Operations, DOC Policy, One on One Control Tactics, Firearms Instruction, Medic First Aid, Field Work and Taser instruction.

We appreciate all of our Anchorage Probation Officers for their service and dedication!

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week: PO Nora Dale

As we celebrate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, we want to take a moment to highlight the very important work our probation and parole professionals do here in Alaska.

Today we showcase PO II Nora Dale who was busy during Probation Officer’s week—-running in the Chicago Marathon 10K event. Way to go, Officer Dale—check out that medal!

She is wrapping up her 25th year with the Department of Corrections! She will be missed. PO Dale began her career as a Correctional Officer in 1992 and transitioned over to a Probation Officer in 2008. Since that time, she has also completed her Bachelor’s Degree while working full time.

Thank you for your service PO Dale! We appreciate you!

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week: PO Andrea Kuckertz

As we celebrate Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, we want to take a moment to highlight the very important work our probation and parole professionals do here in Alaska.

Today we showcase Anchorage Probation Officer Andrea Kuckertz for her dedication and commitment to the safety and protection of the Anchorage Community.

PO Kuckertz has worked for the Anchorage Probation Office for 16 years. She has not only met her responsibilities as an officer, but has surpassed them and she has helped others do the same.

She has a personal commitment to excellence which is inspiring and her personal pride in her work is obvious. Although PO Kuckertz contributions to this department are endless, most notably is her passion to train other officers.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the Anchorage Probation Office and the State of Alaska! We appreciate you!