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News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

Correctional Officer Academy No. 123 Graduates Class of 37

Photo of Correctional Officer Academy #123

Correctional Officer Academy #123

A class of 37 Correctional Officers representing eight institutions graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #123 on April 11. In this Academy there were nine women and 28 men. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, effective communication, shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, cultural awareness and various other curriculum. Officers attending this Academy include 13 military veterans and four officers who have relatives currently working for the Department. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #123.

— Lt. Scott Dial

Municipal Officer Academy Graduates Class of Eight

Photo of Municipal Officer Academy #5 graduates

From left to right: Officer Katherine Taylor from Valdez PD, Officer Nathan Hull from Homer PD, Officer Charles Martin from Kodiak PD, Officer Noah Shepard from Sitka PD, Officer Lisa Royal from North Slope Borough PD, Officer Steven Aker from Kodiak PD, Officer Pedro Gonzalez from Dillingham PD, and Officer Matthew Powell from Kotzebue PD

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

Department of Corrections Color Guard Debuts at Academy Graduation

DOC Color Guard 11-8-13

Sgt. Rodney Ramirez, Color/Honor Guard Coordinator; Commissioner Joe Schmidt; Sgt. Jacob Wyckoff; Sgt. Troy Eberline; Officer Jeffrey Reichel; Sgt. Jarod Pyle; Deputy Commissioner Leslie Houston, Director Bryan Brandenburg

Correctional Officer Academy #122 saw the debut of the Department of Corrections Color Guard at its graduation ceremony November 8th in Palmer. Months of training paid off as the guard performed with precision at the ceremony. The DOC Color Guard includes Sgt. Jacob Wyckoff, Sgt. Troy Eberline, Officer Jeffrey Reichel and Sgt. Jarod Pyle, coordinated by Sgt Rodney Ramirez. A Color Guard presents the flag at a ceremony; an Honor Guard, which includes a Color Guard, represents the department at a formal event such as a building dedication or memorial service.

Corrections Academy #122 Graduates Class of 45

CO Academy 122

Corrections Academy #122

A class of 45 Correctional Officers – seven women and 38 men — representing eight institutions graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #122 on November 8th. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication, Shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, Cultural Awareness and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy include 20 military veterans and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #122.

— Scott Dial

Correctional Officer Academy 120 Graduates Class of 32

Academy #120 Graduates

A class of 32 Correctional Officers – six women and 26 men – representing seven institutions graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #120 on May 10, 2013. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication, Shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, Cultural Awareness and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy include nine military veterans and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #120.

— Dan Traxinger

Municipal Correctional Officers Graduate from Academy

Linda Gerber

The Training Academy had four Municipal Correctional Officers graduate from a three week Academy on 4/19/2013. During the Academy they had classes in Use of Force, One-On-One Control Techniques, report writing, communication, CPR, and were exposed to OC. Pictured from left to right is the Director of Institutions Bryan Brandenburg, Officer Jewell Torrjas from Kodiak Police Department, Officer Karen Lockabey from Wrangell Police Department, Officer Jessica Kiser from Valdez Police Department, Officer Phillip Christman from Kodiak Police Department, and Commissioner Joe Schmidt.

32 Correctional Officers Graduate from Academy #119

CO Academy 119

Academy #119 Graduates

A class of 32 Correctional Officers representing nine institutions throughout Alaska graduated from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #119 on March 29, 2013. In this Academy there were 14 women and 18 men. The students spent six weeks learning the Policies and Procedures of the department, Effective Communication, Shotgun training, Taser training, One-On-One Control Techniques, Cultural Awareness and various other curriculums. Officers attending this Academy include 10 military veterans and five officers who have relatives currently working for Alaska DOC. Congratulations to the Correctional Officers of Class #119.

Department of Corrections represented at Juneau Job Fair

Juneau Recruitment 2013

Lt. Ken Hoff, left, and Chief Training Officer Dan Traxinger interact with jobseekers at the DOC recruitment booth at Juneau Job Fair Tuesday, March 12

Chief Training Officer Dan Traxinger and Lt. Ken Hoff took turns answering questions from the public on the topic of careers with the Department of Corrections. The DOC booth was one of many at the annual Juneau Job Fair at Centennial Hall.

Probation Officer Academy No. 24 Graduates 17 in Palmer

PO Academy 24 Graduates

Probation Officer Academy #24 Graduating Class

Palmer Judge Eric Smith delivered the keynote address to the 17-member graduating class of Probation Officer Academy No. 24 on Friday, March 1 at the DOC Training Academy in Palmer. “There was a healthy representation from both institutions and field offices around the state,” said Chief Training Officer Dan Traxinger. “This was a very positive group that exhibited the qualities we endeavor for our probation/parole officers and look forward to their impact within our Department and for our community as well.”

Academy Pairs POs with Community Partners in Collaboration Event

Academy Collaboration Day

First Annual Community Resource Collaboration Day at the DOC Training Academy

The Department of Corrections Training Academy hosted the inaugural Community Resource Collaboration Day. Representatives from community partners were invited to present and share their organization to the students attending the Probation Officer Academy. Also participating were working POs from local field offices and institutions.

“This collaborative effort with our Probation/Parole Officers and the resources in the community is integral in our mission of reformative programs and a process of supervised community reintegration to enhance the safety of our communities,” said Chief Training Officer Dan Traxinger. “I also recognize the hard work of PO III Johhnie Wallace to coordinate and supervise this event as part of the Basic Probation/Parole Officer Academy.”