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Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week: PO Zoe Sutton

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 Probation Officer Zoe Sutton who began her DOC career as a probation officer with the Fairbanks Probation office on September 1, 2009. PO Sutton graduated from Probation Officer Academy #21 and has a wide variety of experience within the Division of Probation and Parole.

PO Sutton has been assigned to field probation, pre-sentence unit, and currently a valuable member the Fairbanks Electronic Monitoring Unit. She is taser, semi-auto, and time accounting certified. PO Sutton has established herself as a seasoned probation officer who is well respected by staff, offenders, and members of the public.

On August 1, 2016, she will be the new probation officer supervisor for Fairbanks Electronic Monitoring Unit.

Thank you Probation Officer Zoe Sutton for your service to the Department of Corrections and the State of Alaska. We appreciate you!

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week: ACC PO’s

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 III Arnaldo Hernandez who is the Probation Supervisor for Anchorage Correctional Complex West and PO II Genie Heise who is the In-Take PO for the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Thank you for making a difference! We appreciate you!

Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week Spotlight: PO Joseph Jennetten

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 Joseph Jennetten who is an Institutional Probation Officer at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center.

PO Jennetten grew up in Peoria, IL. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He has lived in Nome, AK for 12 years and worked with DOC for 7 years.

He enjoys his position because he looks forward to meeting the different challenges presented to him as an institutional probation officer. He finds his job very rewarding when he motivates an inmate towards a positive direction or a certain goal.

Thank you PO Jennetten for making a difference! We appreciate you!

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

Fairbanks Probation Office Takes Halloween Decorating to the Next Level

Knowing that several staff in the Fairbanks probation office are huge Halloween fanatics and thinking of a way to boost office morale, what started out as a friendly competition of the hallways took on a life of its own during the month of October.

From plain white walls to a Haunted Castle and St. Merciless Hospital the teams spent many weekend and evening hours including their families in a team effort to complete the transformation.  Down the “East Side” hall you were met with a draw bridge entrance to the castle.  As you went down the hall you passed the headless horseman in the stable, the royal privies, sorcerer’s room, and dungeon.  The hallway ended in a fog filled graveyard.  The west side consisted of a pharmacy, in-sanitization, laundry, lab, hospital administrator, gift shop, asylum, radiology, nursery, Ebola cafeteria, morgue, surgery and the final grand finale consisted of a homemade life size animatronic zombie. The zombie greeted guests, with his fully moving neck, mouth, eyes and voice. The creator, Chris Hampton says it took about 16 hours in all to create the ‘head’ from scratch, it was not purchased as the judges originally thought. Everyone on the west side dressed up, some wearing scrubs, some wearing hazmat suits.

The official judging was done by District Court Judge Christiansen and Superior Court Judge Kauvar. After an official tour of the hallways, they had to deliberate. Everyone gathered to hear the final judgment, but not after closing arguments and a rebuttal. The East Side won first prize for best overall decorated hallway. The West Side won first prize for group participation, not to mention the fine details. No feelings were hurt as both won a first prize ribbon. The award ceremony was followed by a potluck, which of course included spider deviled eggs, spider seven layer dip, Jell-O worms, left over body parts-aka chicken, mummies and bloody cheesecake.

Family and friends were invited to come trick or treating Halloween afternoon. On Friday,  staff were in full costume again, some staff even came in on their days off to participate with the children. There were about 20 little ones that participated with their parents.

Next year we are only decorating pumpkins.

— Leah Tupper, Amanda Cockrell, Christopher Hampton

Fairbanks PO Arranges Law Enforcement Welcome for Disabled Child

An article in the Fairbanks News-Miner about Ben Pierce, a nine-year old boy from Texas who was losing his eyesight due to a medical condition, grabbed the attention of PO II Amber Terrill in the Fairbanks Probation Office. Ben’s wish, the article explained, was to come to Alaska and see the northern lights.  Being a mother of two young boys,  PO Terrill couldn’t help to think that being greeted by police officers would be one of the coolest experiences and hopefully a lasting visual memory to store for a lifetime.  She contacted local agencies including the Fairbanks Police Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers who were all more than willing and eager to have at least one if not more of their uniformed personnel at the airport when this little boy and his family arrived.

As the crowd grew at the airport to welcome Ben and his family, so did the uniformed presence.  “It was an amazing and heartwarming sight to see not only a line of over a dozen uniformed law enforcement officers, but also the excited community members who thought that their presence was “Awesome” PO Terrill said. “The true icing on the cake though was seeing Ben’s face light up when each officer and trooper lined up to meet him and shake his hand.  The true reward to the day was knowing in the end the community of Fairbanks and its local and state law enforcement officers all helped this little boy have an amazing welcome and a visual memory that will last forever.”

Victims for Justice Honors Anchorage Probation Unit

Probation Officer Eileen Farrar and the Anchorage Probation Office Mental Health and Sex Offender Unity have been honored by Victims for Justice at their annual Awards Banquet, May 3rd, at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Probation Officer Farrar was presented with the Victims for Justice Advocacy Award and was described as being “a spitfire advocate for victims.” Victims for Justice also presented a service award to the unit as a whole. The APO Mental Health and Sex Offender Unit consists of POs Farar, Dwayne Hanson, Molly Fortunato, Shamika Lawrence, Jen Mariscal, Sava Nevzuroff, Jeff Norris, Katie Perry, Chris McKenzie and Scott Vukich.