Department of Corrections participated in the 2017 SRPMIC Fall Overhaul by building a nature walk pathway at the Beeline Hwy Pit Stop. Great Job!
The SRPMIC Manager Training Program is designed as a self–paced program for any manager that needs to sharpen his/her skills or learn from the ground up. This training focuses on the core skills necessary to be successful in a leadership role at SRPMIC.
Officer JC Soto is the latest to complete said program.
In an effort to guide employees in strengthening their knowledge, skills, and abilities along with enhancing their overall work productivity and efficiency, the SRPMIC Human Resources Training and Development Division has developed the Employee Enrichment Certificate Program – Passport to Excellence. This program is designed to provide employees with a development track that reaches a variety of competencies and diverse learning opportunities.
The Program requires completion of 18 training workshops based off of seven core competencies: Business Communication, Customer Service, Employee Initiative, Interpersonal Communication, Teamwork, Technical Knowledge, and Workplace Productivity. The course selections focus on curriculum that will enrich an employee's overall professional role at SRPM IC and promote well-rounded career development experience.
With that said, Sergeant David Zubick has completed such program. Congratulations!
10th Anniversary -- Salt River Department of Corrections is celebrating our 10th anniversary at our current location of 3213 N Longmore Rd. On August 16, 2007, you may have been one of many who joined us for our grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Now, 10 years later, we would like to acknowledge and share the many accomplishments the department and Community has realized and provide a peek in the window to our goals for the future.
Following the grand opening in August 2007, staff and detainees alike took full occupancy of the facility in November 2007. The new building provided a significantly more humane and secure living environment for those remanded into custody. Detainee living areas consist of single, double and dorm style living spaces. Each area has an adjoining day room and a small enclosed recreation area. When not attending a program or work detail, detainees are free to use the phone, watch television and otherwise spend time in the day room. The large, outdoor recreation yard has a basketball court, stationary equipment for physical exercise and several large classrooms for programming needs.
During the planning phase of the building, one of our biggest concerns was providing adequate space to accommodate detainee programs. SRDOC is committed to a belief that an individual's history, previous crime(s) or custody status does not become their destiny. This fact is evident in the variety and scope of programming opportunities designed to reduce recidivism and increase the chance of successful transition back into the Community. A sample of these programs and services include GED preparation and testing, Father's Group, Batters Intervention Program, food handler certification, CPR certification, day labor orientation, Sweat Lodge, art classes, religious services, detainee work opportunities, yoga classes, gardening project, resume preparation, AA classes, college correspondence courses.
With such an array of services and programs, it is clear the department is devoted to and embraces partial ownership in reducing recidivism and supporting re-entry within the Community. SRDOC would like to credit the success of detainee programs to collaboration and cooperation of all the volunteers, contractors and Community staff who are committed to bringing these invaluable services to the detainees in our custody. Without their help and support, the department would merely be a human warehousing project.
Despite the many changes over the past ten years, one constant factor that has never wavered is our dedicated and professional staff. SRDOC currently employs 70 uniformed staff members, 2 maintenance workers and 1 administrative professional. Upon hire, non-certified officers are required to complete an intensive 7 week correctional academy and serve a 1 year probationary period. Nearly 50% of uniformed staff have received some form of national certification based on their rank and duties. While national certification is not required, many staff have demonstrated a commitment to excel above and beyond standard training. In addition to the training available through the Community, all staff attend a 40 hour annual in service to keep updated and relevant in their skills and best practices in corrections. Among the ranks of SRDOC staff, you will find published authors, master trainers, national speakers in this discipline, just to name a few.
As a member of the public safety family, SRDOC is equally committed to protecting the SRPMIC Community, its employees and offenders in our care. We embrace sound correctional standards and continuously seek to strengthen and adopt best practices within the field of corrections. Several years ago, SRDOC successfully obtained approval as a TLOA compliant facility through a rigorous BIA accreditation process. During this certification period, policies were implemented and updated to create an environment of professionalism. Much like the Community, SRDOC has embraced significant change over the last 10 years. We will continue to strive to be a leader in the correctional industry, not only in Indian Country, but nationally. More importantly, we promise to remain committed to established mission and goals and faithfully represent the leaders and members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community.
Passport to Excellence -- In an effort to guide employees in strengthening their knowledge, skills, and abilities along with enhancing their overall work productivity and efficiency, the SRPMIC Human Resources Training and Development Division has developed the Employee Enrichment Certificate Program – Passport to Excellence. This program is designed to provide employees with a development track that reaches a variety of competencies and diverse learning opportunities.
The Program requires completion of 18 training workshops based off of seven core competencies: Business Communication, Customer Service, Employee Initiative, Interpersonal Communication, Teamwork, Technical Knowledge, and Workplace Productivity. The course selections focus on curriculum that will enrich an employee's overall professional role at SRPMIC and promote well-rounded career development experience.
With that said, Sergeant John Kimble has completed such program. Congratulations!
Law Enforcement Torch Run -- The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a worthy event which brings about awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. This year, DOC officers participated with SRPD in its 26th consecutive year proudly representing the SRPMIC in this very worthy national event. Pictured are officers Randall, Ashley, Little and Vaught. Great Job!
Administrative Professional Award -- The SRPMIC Government announced the winner of this year’s Administrative Professional Award. The APW Committee received three nominations this year. All nominees received tokens of appreciation for their hard work and having their directors nominating/recognizing them! The nominees were Stella Romero – SR Regulatory Department, Shannon Borcardo – SR Administration, and Renee Banuelos – SR Corrections. The winner for 2017 was awarded to our own Renee Banuelos! Congratulations!
Taser Instructor Certification -- Salt River DOC is pleased to announce that Officer Ronald James has attended the Taser Master Instructor School and is now authorized to certify other personnel as Taser instructors! The class was held in Reno, Nevada where Officer James joined approximately 160 other enthusiastic Taser instructors seeking Master Instructor certification.
Taser Master Instructor School (MIS) was a four-day certification course for both new and recertifying Master Instructors. Areas of emphasis included legal updates, medical research, safety considerations, scenario-based training, training drills, all Taser products, CEW maintenance, crime scene investigation following CEW use, instructor development, and a review of the new information contained in the training curriculum.
Certification is valid for two years. The week was brutal – pre and post testing, PT, obstacle courses, presentation demonstrations, and not just one, but three Taser rides. Thank you Officer James for this impressive accomplishment.
Law Day -- On May 1, 2017, The Department of Corrections provided an information table and display for the annual SRPMIC Law Day. This year, Law Day was held at the newly built Justice Center. The evening included behind the scenes tours and legal topic presentations.
Arizona Tribal Gang Conference -- Salt River Department of Corrections Gang Intelligence Unit co-hosted with SRPMIC School Security the Arizona Tribal Gang Conference on March 16, 2017 to discuss various topics including: the effects of gangs in schools, and the various gangs throughout the Arizona region.
Special Recognition -- Over the years, the Salt River Department of Corrections has had several members receive top achievement awards while attending the Arizona DOC Correctional Officer Training Academy, otherwise known as COTA. Our latest award winner is Officer Joshua Nez for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Collaborative Training -- Law enforcement information sharing has expanded significantly across all levels of government, improving law enforcement's ability to detect, prevent, and respond to a multitude of treats and concerns. Since 9/11, federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies have worked collaboratively to increase the level of communication, training and awareness of our respective environments we work.
The concept of information sharing is fast becoming an essential competency in the law enforcement profession. It is currently becoming an integral element of all agency programs and operations. The concept, is together we can leverage information sharing practices for a safer and more secure environment. The promotion of collaborative learning and relationship building creates stronger relationships and overall operations. The field of corrections will continue to be challenging now and in the future as each jurisdiction strives to provide the communities we serve with the most professional and legal based services possible.
At the Salt River Department of Corrections, we strive to offer our line staff mandated, best practices and standards, and an annual 40 hour block training program that provides coherent and rigorous content related to our environment. This training cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills. This of course is in addition to basic correctional academy training completed prior to employment.
With that said, we feel it is important to build cohesion and partnerships between law enforcement agencies, especially in Indian Country Corrections. Building upon past experiences and trainings, we will highlight a variety of highly pertinent and relevant topics delivered by exceptional certified trainers. We believe this opportunity will not only enhance problem solving but build a sense of camaraderie and points of views from other perspectives and communities.
Everyone is concerned about training requirements, shrinking budgets, training funds and diminishing resources. However, we would like you to consider to participate in this opportunity to join forces in an effort to make our communities safer and staff better equipped to deal with their daily duties. We believe that combining resources and partnering with other agencies is an effective strategy in leveraging internal resources, knowledge and leadership.
With greater participation from a cross section of departments in Indian Country, we will be poised to share best practices and unique challenges and opportunities, engage in problem solving, and help transform our organizations to better serve our communities.
The department has finished its first year and had many participants attend our training. Multiple requests from other agencies for 2017 are arriving daily and hope to continue the momentum.
Education -- The Department of Corrections has encouraged different types of programs and services to include education and GED testing. The department has now ushered in its 1st College Student to attend Rio Salado College, while in custody. It is the hope of the department that more detainees become encouraged and will apply in the future.
Halloween Haunted House -- One of the missions of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Department of Corrections is to foster unity and leadership in rehabilitative programs, in an effort to deter crime and recidivism. While maintaining a stable, safe and secure work environments we encourage continued learning, creativity, innovation and personal growth for staff and detainees alike. An experience that fosters such an environment is our annual Halloween Haunted House now in its 2nd year. It is true that the majority of creativity, development and production of this event is principally developed by uniformed staff, however, we also worked “side by side” with not only friends and family of our staff but also "in-custody detainees".
Fall Overhaul -- DOC took 3rd place for the “Fall Overhaul” art competition! Our team members were the following:
Culinary Experience -- Scottsdale Community College Faculty provided some culinary instruction to some of our detainees. The meal prepared and served was the 2nd installment of their culinary experience featuring Oriental themed foods. The experience went without a hitch and was enjoyed by everyone including SCC faculty. This department and facility was built and designed for rehabilitation and this was a small part of that mission.
The Salt River Department of Corrections 5th Annual National Correction Officer Week Tournament of Champions
2016 Cornhole "Champion"
2016 Cornhole Runner-up
In addition to National Correction Officer Week winding down, it is also the start of National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale's mission to Crimea. It is to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. I would also like to thank HHS and those nurses and staff that have spent time intermittently assisting Steve through this period of transition. On behalf of myself and the entire Department of Correction staff, I would like to take the time to wish you all a very Happy National Nurses Week. I would also like to thank HHS Director Violet Mitchell Enos for assigning these staff member to DOC. You play a vital role in the day to day operations of this department and community and it is very much appreciated.
Inmate Culinary Experience
Scottsdale Community College Faculty provided culinary instruction to some of our detainees. The meal prepared and served was Italian spaghetti and meatballs and sides. The experience went without a hitch and was enjoyed by everyone including SCC faculty. SCC Dean of Instruction; Stephanie Fujjidid nothing but rave about how the class went, the positive feedback she received from her faculty and the positive experience by the detainees. However, what really was a pleasure for me to hear from her was the professionalism and respect of our staff to her staff member but also with detainees. It is our hope that additional culinary classes will proceed in the near future. This department and facility was built and designed for rehabilitation and this was a small part of that mission. Another reason why this department and staff are different than many others around the country.
The Department of Corrections implements Body Worn Cameras.
Description of the Taser Axon Body Camera:
The Axon Body is manufactured by Taser and is designed for simplicity and performance. It has a 130º wide angle lens, a 12 hour battery life, single button activation, various mounting options and enhanced low light features for use in dim/dark situations. Calls are growing for more departments to use the tiny, wearable cameras especially after the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson and more recently, Rumain Brisbon here in Phoenix. Extensive academic studies, as well as, Police Department studies have concluded the use of cameras have prompted both officers and the public (or in our case, detainees) to behave differently, knowing everything was being recorded. Additionally, use of force allegations and misconduct complaints are substantially reduced when body-worn cameras are used. While much of emphasis is on police departments, myself and many other facility administrators see the benefit of this emerging technology. Like other new forms of technology, body-worn cameras have the potential to transform the field of Corrections as it has Policing. To make sure this change is positive, we must think critically about the issues that cameras raise and must give careful consideration when developing body-worn camera policies and practices. First and foremost, agencies must always remember that the ultimate purpose of these cameras should be to help officers protect and serve the people in their communities.
The Manager Training Program is designed as a self–paced program for any Manager/Supervisor that needs to sharpen their skills or learn from the ground up. The program consists of ten e-learning courses, eight Instructor lead courses and a Lunch & Learns in the Lessons in Leadership Series. This training focuses on the core skills necessary to be successful in a leadership role at SRPMIC.
With that said, it is my pleasure to recognize Corporal Shavon Coburn for completing this program. Congratulations!