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CO 131 Graduation

Congratulations to the Basic Correctional Officer Academy #131 who graduated on Friday, 8/19/2016.

There were 32 officers from eight different facilities whom successfully completed the six weeks of instruction.

Class Speaker: LeighAnn Smith (HMCC)

Ethics Reader: Patrick Gonser (GCCC)

Valedictorian: Eric Fell (ACC)

Corrections Academy #130 Celebrates Graduation

Please welcome the newest graduates from Alaska Department of Corrections Academy #130 to the Alaska DOC ranks.

After more than 200 hours of training that included Valuing Diversity, Communications, Search and Seizure, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Use of Force, Emergency Plans, and Incident Command, 27 new Correctional Officers participated in a graduation at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough building in front of family, friends, and DOC staff from all over the state.

The valedictorian for Academy #130 was Officer Baggett from Spring Creek Correctional Complex and Officers Allen and Pitt from Spring Creek Correctional Complex delivered the inspirational class speech and the Correctional Officers Code of Ethics respectively.

Entering as individuals, the students of Academy #130 departed as a cohesive unit determined to become leaders and make a positive impact in the Department of Corrections and the Alaskan

Academy #129 Graduation

Friday November 6, 2015 Correctional Academy #129 successfully graduated 27 new Correctional Officers. These Officers came to the Academy from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Goose Creek and Seward. The came to the Academy as individuals and after 6 weeks they graduated a cohesive team.

Guest Speakers for the event included Deputy Commissioner Diane L. Casto and Acting Director Dean Marshall. They provided positive words of encouragement for the new Officers returning to their institutions.

Congratulations Academy #129 on your continued success.

Photo of DOC staff at Nome-Beltz High School Career Fair

Correctional Officer Academy #125 Graduates Class of 38

On September 26, 2014 38 Correctional Officers from institutions throughout the state gathered at the Palmer Municipal building to participate in graduation ceremonies for Class #125. The officers spent six weeks at the Department of Corrections Training Academy in Palmer attending classes designed to increase their knowledge concerning inmate management, facility operations, officer safety, substance abuse and treatment, identifying medical emergencies and policies and procedures. Graduation was packed with family, friends and coworkers. Class Valedictorian was Jeremy James from Anchorage Correctional Complex. With the support of their family, friends and co-workers their journey with the Department of Corrections is just beginning. We must remember with each graduating class there is hope that these students will become our future leaders. Thus we have the challenge not only to be co-workers but to become a mentor and set an example of what is good and right within each of us and our Organization. Congratulations Class #125.

— PO III Caroline Stevens

Training Academy Conducts Basic Rifle, PO Firearms, Basic Shotgun Certification Courses; Update on CO Academy 125

Training is an ongoing process of learning, teaching, and the application of what one has learned or taught. Always seek opportunities to learn new skills or train with the skills that you have. The Training division has been working to provide training opportunities for our employees. During the month of August a Basic Rifle course was held with 20 students attending. This week long block of instruction was entertaining and challenging for the participants. All 20 students passed receiving a 40 hour Basic Rifle Course certification. During the week the students were exposed to the concepts of basic marksmanship, shooting on the move, operating as a team, moving from one point of cover to another and safe weapons operation. The students were also exposed to the mud, wind, rain, and yes a little bit of sunshine. All in all they had a very good week.

Good Training never takes a break; right on the heels of the Basic Rifle Course Probation Officers from across the state gathered for the PO firearms recertification. Two days of nice weather and some good training concerning cover and concealment, deployment from a vehicle, and team tactics were covered. This was a great opportunity to roll out the new qualification course. Positive feedback was received and everyone who attended passes with the required 90 % qualification score for firearms instructors.

A few days later CO Academy 125 hit the shotgun range for a week of basic shotgun manipulation and qualification. During the week of training we see students develop confidence, and a mindset of survival. As trainers and line coaches we see students helping and encouraging each other learning how to work as a team to accomplish common goals. This carries over into the working relationships they develop through the years with coworkers. The concept of teamwork is imparted early in the academy and remains a theme throughout their training and hopefully their careers. Other courses offered in the academy include communications, report writing, mental health and suicide prevention, substance abuse issues, diversity training and direct supervision just to name a few.

CO Academy 125 will be graduating on Friday September 26, 2014 as always family, friends and staff is encouraged to attend. Graduation will be held at Palmer Municipal Building located at 350 E. Dahlia Street in Palmer, Alaska. As stated earlier training never takes a break, CO Academy 126 will began Monday September 29, 2014. Currently there are 40 students enrolled in this session. We look forward to the training and development of these 40 new officers.

—PO III Caroline Stevens

28 Officers Complete PTO Academy – Largest Ever

On August 1st the Department of Corrections Training Academy reached a milestone. Under the command of Lieutenant Jake Wyckoff, the Training Academy hosted the largest Prisoner Transport Academy to date. Twenty-eight candidates attended and successfully completed the course. To attend PTO training the officer candidates are nominated by their supervisors, selected by the institution and must pass a psychological exam. On the first day of class students are required to pass a physical standard test and shotgun qualification to remain in the Prisoner Transport Officer Academy.
During the four weeks of training officers are exposed to a variety of information and skill sets directly related to their new responsibilities. Officers attending the PTO Academy work together to learn new skills and overcome difficulties while developing friendships that will last throughout their career. During the Academy student performance is constantly evaluated. It is with pride that we announce the Class Valedictorian for the Prisoner Transport Academy #25, Joseph Smith from Palmer Correctional Complex. Congratulations on a job well done.

— PO III Caroline Stevens

Training Academy Conducts Firearms Instructor/Range Officer Recertification

During the second week in June the DOC Training Academy conducted Firearms Instructor/Range Officer recertifications. A new 50-round DOC pistol qualification was presented to the firearms instructors. This will also be presented to the Field Division during their annual recertification in August. It was received with enthusiasm and positive comments. During this three day workshop a new shotgun range officer course was rolled out. This allows the Firearms Instructors who have successfully completed a 40 hour shotgun course to develop new Range Officers and recertify existing Range Officers. This three day workshop was the first of its kind and was well received. All 21 Firearms Instructors from across the state who attended passed with a score of 90 percent or higher. These Firearms Instructors are well trained individuals and a tremendous asset to our department. If anyone has questions regarding the DOC firearms program please seek them out and pick their brains, they are a wealth of knowledge.

— PO III Caroline Stevens

Academy #124 Graduates Class of 38 Correctional Officers

On Friday June 6, 2014, 38 students graduated from Correctional Officer Academy #124. The ceremony was held at the Palmer Train Depot with approximately 150 family members and friends attending. The ceremony started with the presentation of colors by the DOC Honor Guard followed by the introduction of dignitaries including Deputy Commissioner Ron Taylor and Director of Institutions Bryan Brandenburg. The class speaker was Correctional Officer Earnest Brooks from Spring Creek Correctional Complex, the class Valedictorian was Correctional Officer John Buchanan also from Spring Creek. The officers spent six weeks in the learning environment of a CO Academy During that time Officers developed friendships and bonds that will carry on throughout their careers. Some of the subjects covered in the academy included a week of shotgun training, Taser instruction, OC exposure, Officer Survival, Gang Identification and bringing all the skills together a full day of scenarios. Good luck and congratulations to all of the Officers who attended CO#124 Academy.

— PO III Caroline Stevens