On May 15th, the Special Operations Unit of the Division of Operations & Compliance hosted the First Annual Special Operations Commissioner's Challenge at the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification State Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Read Article
Held as a competition between the Department of Juvenile Justice SERT and SMRT Teams, the training was a combination of policy knowledge, leadership skills, and physical challenges in the obstacle course culminating in a competitive Tug-Of-War.
The teams battled for the Commissioner's Trophy, a silver engraved platter, which will be showcased in the Commissioner's suite at the Central Office in Decatur. The trophy is a symbol of the excellence in our elite Special Operations team statewide.
SMRT One Team was the overall winner of the 1st Annual Commissioner's Challenge with SMRT Two Team as the runner-Up and YSI as the third place finisher.
The Top Leadership Award also went to SMRT One Team with SMRT Team Two as the runner-up.
Top Skills Course
The winner for the Top Skills Course Award was SMRT One with the Eastman YDC as the runner-up. The SMRT One Team also had some of the fastest times ever recorded on the course, finishing the Ladder Challenge in one minute, thirty-three seconds, the Water Challenge in three minutes, thirty-three seconds, and the Poles Challenge in four minutes flat.
Obstacle Course/Tug of War
The Top Obstacle Course winner was SMRT One with YSI as the runner-up. The SMRT One Team finished eight seconds off the course record with their stellar run.
Bragging rights and toughness points go to the Tug-of- War Winner, the Macon RYDC.
Congratulations to everyone who participated this year! Special Thanks also goes out to the Training Division including:
Chris Thomas, Gary Murphy, Sharon Strickland, Natasha Swift, Michael Mulkey, and Calvin Waldroup. This year's Score Keepers were Elanda Trice and Lindsey Watson.