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Operations Supervisor
Lieutenant Dean Lee

Operations Division

Under the supervision of the Operations Lieutenant, the division is responsible for the high level of safety, security and control through quality operational standards and methods to measure compliance. The department's emphasis is placed on front line staff to protect and control detainees. These staff members provide 24 hours a day, 7 days week coverage.

The developing and maintaining of systems, providing a safe environment for staff, visitors, volunteers, and the detainee population are paramount. Some of these responsibilities, include but are not limited to, admissions/discharge process, property management, facility security, searches and control of contraband, inmate activities, facility counts, vulnerability tests to ensure a strong security posture, special operations and emergency response teams are all aspects this division.

Detainee Programs -- The department provides a wide range of offender programming through education, substance abuse treatment, health, mental health care, recreation, religious and volunteer service programs, inmates gain opportunities for positive change and successful reintegration into the community following discharge.

In the spirit of our mission, the responsibility of all detainee programs, including but not limited to, adult and juvenile education, fathers group, life skills enrichment, religious services, food handler certificates, CPR/First Aid, and a host of other areas to help improve detainee re-entry into the community, falls under the Operations Division.

Transportation -- Is responsible for transporting detainees outside the secure confines of the facility, including but not limited to, attending court related arraignments, pre-trials, trials, sentencing, as well as, transports to medical facilities and assistance to alternative housing locations designated by the community.

Administrative Division

Under the supervision of the Administration Lieutenant, the Division provides administrative support services that enable correction staff to carry out their responsibilities. Some of these divisions and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Classification, Training and Development.

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Administrative Supervisor
Lieutenant Stacie Mitchell

Training and Professional Development -- The Training and Professional Development Division is responsible for the coordination and documentation of training within the department. This responsibility includes delivery of annual in-service training for existing corrections staff as well as orientation training for newly hired officers, volunteers and contractors.

Additional responsibilities of the Training and Professional Development Division include assisting staff in the various aspects of professional development such as national certifications and memberships, online training opportunities and employee wellness initiatives, provided in an effort to encourage staff to meet the challenges of today's quickly changing world and to prepare employees to perform the duties defined by their position.

Classification -- Is responsible for processing offenders who are detained to our facility based upon their respective risks and needs. Factors considered in this process include but are not limited to, determination and assignment of appropriate custody and security levels; program placement based on inmate needs and available services – medical, mental health, vocational, educational and employment; designation to proper housing placement within the institution; and scheduled review of custody assignments to reassess inmates' needs and risks. In addition, they serve as a liaison to many other sister agencies in the public safety arena both in and outside the community. The classification process begins as soon as an inmate arrives and continues until that inmate is discharged from Departmental custody.

Investigative and Security Threat Groups

SRDOC has staff investigators and STG officers, who have received specialized training, are assigned for the purpose of initiating security threat offender and security threat group identification and validation; and, to coordinate and seek intelligence related to STG activities. In addition, training is offered to all staff members with initial and primary identification techniques.

Further, these officers are responsible for investigating complaints of misconduct that have potential criminal elements associated with them. Investigators may collect and preserve evidence, interview complainants and witnesses, and ensure other investigative approaches are conducted or considered such as photographs, drawings, and records research for a variety of different incidents.

Emergency Service Unit (ESU)

The Emergency Service Unit is comprised of two (2) distinct teams, Tactical and Hostage/Crisis Negotiation. Each team has a team leader and a complement of correctional officers. Each team receives extensive training on managing non-compliant and/or persons in crisis that may occur on day-to-day basis. ESU staff receive advanced training in cell extractions, chemical munitions and less lethal escorts, transports, inmate searches, interview/ interrogation techniques, security threat group identification, Hostage/Crisis Negotiations and any other high level security protocols.

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DONT Program

Diverting Our Native Teens (DONT) is a youth oriented program designed to redirect teens and at risk adolescents away from behavior that is detrimental to their success and teaches valuable life skills.

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The program meets once a week for nine (9)weeks. Topics discussed include personal inventory and goal setting, career exploration, financial literacy, self image and relationships, substance abuse and cultural exploration.

DONT is a hybrid derived from other ideas and programs such as Scared Straight, Drug Court, and Diversion. It is our belief that effective intervention is much needed and the key to diverting youth away from criminal activity and deviant behavior.

The DONT program is designed to give participants the ability to make more sound and reasonable decisions as they are faced with the challenges of negative behavior. It is our desire to catch and address these issues BEFORE incarceration, rather than using it as a re-entry tool.