For Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week, we wanted to introduce some of our dedicated staff from around the state. We thank all of our pretrial, probation, and parole officers, who work daily to ensure public safety in our communities.
Meet our Anchorage Probation Office
The Department of Corrections’ Anchorage Probation Office is the largest in Alaska. The office supervises offenders on probation or parole for various crimes. While our officers primarily focus on public safety, they work endlessly to help offenders become successful in our communities.’
(From left to right: Rebecca Reed, Johnny Spence, Rob Carlson, Jeff Norris, Dwayne Hanson. Not Pictured: Juliet Stoudenmire)
Unit 1 — Mental health, sex offender, and generic
Over the last year, Unit 1 has had an extensive overhaul after losing several PO’s to other life opportunities. After adding 3 new probation officers to the unit quickly adapted to the change in supervision strategies. Unit 1 further contributed to the new direction of the department and provided input into some DPP policy and procedures rewrites.
Unit 2 — Sex Offender
Unit 2 consists of one supervisor and seven field PO’s. By implementing the Containment Model of Sex Offender Supervision we supervise approximately 400 offenders convicted of sex offenses. In the last year, this unit has worked as a team, through staff shortages that made their caseloads be as high as 75 offenders, to ensure public safety.
(From left to right: Shane Cooper, Matt Matthews, Jessica Yurkew, Julie Beesley, Jesse Tigner, Cheng Vang, Karl Hermann (Not Pictured: Brian Clausson, Rob Carlson – Supervisor)
Unit 3 – APO Training
The Training Unit is the starting line for every PO’s career. We get introduced to the computer system, document recognition and file organization and maintenance. We review policies and manuals that the state provides to inform new officers of the rules that govern them. New officers are provided on the job training on how to interact with returning citizens, provide responsible supervision, and get introduced to community agencies participating in the re-entry movement.
The Training Unit brings about excitement and energy to the field of probation and parole as they await their turn to attend the academy and begin their duties to protect the public.
Unit 4 — Interstate/Generic
Days in the Interstate/Generic Unit Four are fluid and often full of surprises. Unit Four consists of probation officers with a variety of backgrounds, with a focus on re-entry. We have probation officers with decades of experience with the DOC, a Training and STG officer, and a probation officer with working knowledge of the different programs our community offers, including therapeutic courts and Chanlylut. Over the last year we have successfully transitioned PO Newton and PO Prieksat into the Interstate Compact positions. As a cohesive unit, we pride ourselves on effective communication and the ability to assist each other and other units in time of need.
(From left to right: Karen Newton, Denise McKenzie, Erika Prieksat, Ann Fallico, Justin Brozovsky (Not Pictured: Lana Grist, Travis Morris, Juliet Stoudenmire – Supervisor)
Unit 5– PACE/Generic
The PACE/Generic unit handles both generic probation and parole cases, as well as PACE probation and parole offenders. The PACE program is a structured program that involves special court and parole hearings when offenders commit violations. The goal is to integrate them in the community surrounded by substance abuse treatment and other services to increase their chances at success. The POs on this unit are dedicated professionals committed to community safety and offender rehabilitation.
(From left to right: Sean Ensign, Joshua Kopp, Eileen Farrar, Johnny Spence – Supervisor, Jeffrey Fonseca, Scott Love (Not Pictured: Jennifer Mariscal, Casey Vanasse)
Read Governor Bill Walker’s proclamation for Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers Week: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/07/pretrial-probation-and-parole-officers-week/