DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE COMPLETES 1ST “SERGEANTS ACADEMY”
(Georgia Juvenile Justice Training Academy – FORSYTH-GA) The Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce the completion of this agency’s first-ever “Sergeants Academy” at the Georgia Juvenile Justice Training Academy in Forsyth, Georgia. The graduation of thirty-four sergeants, captains and lieutenants at the new Sergeants Academy marks the launch of a challenging new advanced correctional officer training course designed to mold and motivate DJJ’s front line supervisors.
The DJJ Sergeants Academy was designed specifically to enhance critical leadership skills for Correctional Officers in Georgia’s juvenile justice system. Each class will seat a minimum of twenty-seven candidates – One from each Department of Juvenile Justice secure facility at a DJJ Youth Development Campus or DJJ Regional Youth Detention Center around the state.
“Outstanding Sergeants Academy graduates will be recognized and each class will conclude with a formal graduation and reception,” said DJJ Commissioner L. Gale Buckner. “We have designed this new Academy to advance the professional development of every agency supervisor. The courses help identify and enhance the primary skills that every officer in charge must develop to be effective in their chain of command.”
The Commissioner addressed the hand-picked contingent during their first week of leadership training and underlined the importance of safety and security policy at DJJ secure facilities. “Courage is contagious,” she said, quoting advice from motivational speaker Reverend Billy Graham. “When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened,” she said.
The Commissioner repeated her core message that it is the critical duty of DJJ Correctional Officers to make education and socialization programs possible by enforcing security measures at Georgia’s juvenile justice facilities so that youth in custody and staff can all feel safe in a secure learning environment.
The Sergeants Academy two week curriculum keeps focus on course content like Command Presence, Fitness for Duty and Ethical Leadership. The leadership program is designed to provide DJJ’s newly promoted Juvenile Correctional Sergeants and rising Juvenile Correctional Officers with knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their supervisory position responsibilities.
Candidates in Sergeants Academy Class 001 were subjected to twenty situational exercises to test their endurance under stressful conditions. Instructors assess their decision-making and policy knowledge in test scenarios similar to those new supervisors might actually find in real-life encounters at juvenile detention facilities.
Throughout this special eighty-hour training school, Sergeants Academy classmates are reminded of their responsibilities as role models to “lead by example”. Their new motto headlines a gold and blue banner that dominates the classroom – “BE-KNOW-DO”.
“’BE-KNOW-DO’ – May be just three words on a banner, but for these Juvenile Correctional Officers, those words represent big values of loyalty, duty, respect and the service, honor and personal courage they bring to this challenging career,” said Commissioner Buckner.
“’BE’,” she explained, “Refers to leaders as people. ‘KNOW’ is what those leaders know.. And ‘DO’ refers to the actions of those leaders,” said Buckner. “The Sergeants Academy will help us build a dedicated cadre of Juvenile Correctional Officers who can BE and KNOW and DO what it takes to influence positive change at DJJ.”
“The Command Staff at the Department of Juvenile Justice was encouraged by the motivation and enthusiasm of the graduates of Class 001,” said Terry Edge, Assistant Director of the DJJ Office of Training. “Now our instructors will review the concentrated course curriculum looking for places to tweak and improve for the next class,” Edge said.
Rose Williams is Commandant of the DJJ Sergeants Academy. Commandant Williams said, “The Department of Juvenile Justice views the new Sergeants Academy training concept as a successful new model for developing advanced Correctional Staff professionalism and leadership for its facilities throughout the state.”
The following roster of sixteen Captains, sixteen Lieutenants and two sergeants left the ranks of DJJ’s first Sergeants Academy at the Georgia Juvenile Justice Training Academy to help fill the ranks of DJJ’s Correctional Staff at twenty-seven secure facilities across the state:
DJJ SERGEANTS ACADEMY CLASS 001
Lt. Jamie D. Allen DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Kenneth Appleberry Gwinnett Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Derrick Bell Atlanta Youth Development Campus
Lt. Joseph Brittain Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Teresa Brown Albany Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Vangila Carter Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Mario Ellison Metro Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Preston Ellison Augusta Regional Youth Detention Center
Sgt. Ruby Foster Waycross Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Dewayne Hardeman Crisp Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. John Harp DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Douglas Hartline Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Covery Hill Sumter Youth Development Campus
Lt. Jeannette Hunter Sandersville Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Norbert Ingram Milan Youth Development Campus
Lt. William H. Jefferson Jr. Bob Richards Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Janice Jones Macon Youth Development Campus
Lt. Roy Lango Jr. Metro Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Natondra S. Mann Macon Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Marvin Menafee Muscogee Youth Development Campus
Lt. Lemuel Peterson Gwinnett Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Todd Pound Eastman Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Christopher Raiford Bob Richards Regional Youth Detention Center
Sgt. Dan Roberts Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Abdul M. Saleem Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Ricky A. Smiley Augusta Youth Development Campus
Capt. Silas C. Smith Aaron Cohn Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Dana Snell Martha K. Glaze Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Rotosha Switzer Gwinnett Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Marla D. Tucker Milan Youth Development Campus
Lt. Marie Washington Loftiss Regional Youth Detention Center
Capt. Keith Wynn Eastman Youth Development Campus
Capt. Marquis Young Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center
Lt. Rodney G. Young Sr. Marietta Regional Youth Detention Center