DJJ Commissioner Makes Appointment of New Waycross RYDC Director DJJ Staff  at:  8/2/2012  
DJJ COMMISSIONER MAKES APPOINTMENT OF NEW WAYCROSS RYDC DIRECTOR

(ATLANTA-GA) The Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director for the Waycross Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC).  Commissioner L. Gale Buckner confirmed that effective August 16th, 2012, Mr. Melvin Whitlow has been selected to head DJJ’s secure detention facility in Ware County, Georgia.


Mr. Whitlow joins the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice from Holy Cross Children's Services where he served as Regional Director since October of 2011.


The new Waycross RYDC Director has a long and notable career managing detention and residential treatment facilities.  He also has a solid social work background with his degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and recent years spent doing social work for the State of Michigan.


Whitlow says his great passion is to serve students with a high degree of professionalism while helping them achieve maximum development of their skills and abilities.


Director Whitlow is a member of National and Michigan Juvenile Detention Associations and serves as Detention Center Practices and Procedures Advisor for a ministries group for incarcerated youth.


The Waycross RYDC is a facility designed to provide temporary supervision and secure care for youth who have been convicted of offenses and are waiting for disposition of their cases by the court.  Sometimes youth who have been committed to DJJ custody are placed in an RYDC like Waycross while they’re waiting for treatment in a long-term facility or community program.


DJJ Commissioner Buckner says “It will be Director Whitlow’s responsibility to ensure that departmental safety and security policy and procedures are observed at Waycross RYDC and that facility staff follow DJJ’s strict policies and professional standards.”




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     DJJ Commissioner Announces Appointment of New Macon RYDC Director DJJ Staff  at:  8/2/2012  
DJJ COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW MACON RYDC DIRECTOR

(ATLANTA-GA) Today the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC).  Commissioner L. Gale Buckner confirmed that effective August 1st, 2012, Ms. Janette Nihles has been named to the top correctional leadership spot at DJJ’s secure detention facility in Bibb County, Georgia.


Director Nihles comes to the Department of Juvenile Justice with 21 years of Corrections Facility experience. During sixteen of those years she worked in management positions.  Director Nihles has served in many corrections capacities including Programs, Security and Training. 

Nihles is a six-year United States Navy veteran who served in Desert Storm. She is presently responsible for dual responsibilities at Emanuel Women’s Facility as the Deputy Warden of Security and for Care and Treatment.


Director Nihles is a graduate of the UGA Corrections Leadership Institute and the Columbus State University Professional Management Program. She is currently working toward a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice Studies through Thomas University.

DJJ’S Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Secure Facilities, Sarah Draper, said the Macon Regional RYDC is a facility designed to provide temporary secure care and supervision for youth who have been convicted of offenses and are awaiting disposition of their cases by the court.  “And sometimes youth who have been committed to DJJ custody are placed in an RYDC like Macon while they wait for treatment in a community program or a long-term facility,” said the Deputy Commissioner.

“It will be Director Nihles’ responsibility to ensure that departmental policy and procedures for safety and security will be observed at Macon RYDC and that facility staff follow the strict professional standards outlined in DJJ policies and programs,” the Deputy Commissioner said.




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     DJJ Commissioner Appoints New Director at Eastman YDC DJJ Staff  at:  7/25/2012  

DJJ COMMISSIONER APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR AT EASTMAN YDC


(ATLANTA-GA) The Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of the Eastman YDC. Today Commissioner L. Gale Buckner confirmed that effective August 1st, 2012, Mr. David Frazier will assume the top correctional leadership spot at DJJ’s Youth Development Campus in Dodge County, Georgia.


“Director Frazier comes to the Department of Juvenile Justice from the Georgia Department of Corrections where he has served for 26 years. He established more than 21 years of leadership skills in correctional settings during that time,” said Commissioner Buckner. “Director Frazier will be a welcome addition to our dedicated DJJ staff. We intend to take maximum advantage of his years of correctional experience.”


The former warden has worked at nine different prisons, managing the requirements of varying sizes of institutional needs and populations, including juvenile detention facilities. He will finish out his responsibilities as Warden at Telfair State Prison before transitioning to Georgia’s Juvenile Justice System in August.


Director Frazier began his hands-on supervisory career as a Correctional Officer and worked his way through the Department of Corrections ranks spanning the responsibilities and positions of Sergeant, Shift Supervisor, Lieutenant, Chief of Security, Deputy Warden, and Warden.


The new director received his Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Georgia Military College in 1996. He is a graduate of the Professional Management Program through Columbus State University and the Corrections Leadership Institute through the University of Georgia. Mr. Frazier is married with two children and lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.


DJJ’S Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Secure Facilities, Sarah Draper, said the Eastman Youth Development Campus (YDC) where Frazier will serve as Director is a facility designed to provide secure care, supervision and treatment services to youth who have been committed to the custody of DJJ for both short and long-term programs.


“Each of the eight DJJ Youth Development Campuses like the Eastman facility provides youth services including education, health and mental health services, food services, resident counseling, substance abuse units, vocational programming, and family visitation,” said Deputy Commissioner Draper.


“It will be Director Frazier’s responsibility to ensure that Eastman YDC observes departmental policy and procedures for safety and security based on state and federal law and to follow DJJ’s program of strict professional standards,” the Deputy Commissioner said.


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     Rome News-Tribune Story: Rome Police Department Named Agency of the Year DJJ Staff  at:  7/24/2012  

DJJ BOARD MEMBER NEWS: ROME POLICE DEPARTMENT NAMED AGENCY OF THE YEAR


Description: The Rome Police Department was recently named the Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association. Pictured are Capt. Mark Tison (left), Chief Elaine Snow,  Maj. Denise Downer-McKinney and Capt. Terry Autry. (Contributed photo)
The Rome Police Department was recently named the Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association. Pictured are Capt. Mark Tison (left), Chief Elaine Snow, Maj. Denise Downer-McKinney and Capt. Terry Autry. (Contributed photo)

Recently, Department of Juvenile Justice Board Member Elaine Snow was proud to accept on behalf of her agency, the Rome Police Department, the Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year Award from the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association. Below is an Rome News-Tribune article on the Rome Police Department award.

Chief Elaine Snow has been the Chief of Police for the City of Rome Police Department since 2010. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and Leadership Rome.

Congratulations to Chief Snow and the entire Rome Police Department!



Rome Police Department named Agency of the Year

by Kim Sloan, Rome News-Tribune Staff Writer


http://rn-t.com/bookmark/19227636

The Rome Police Department was named the Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year at a recent meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association.

“We were so honored to receive this award,” said Rome Police Chief Elaine Snow. “All of our department, patrol and civilians are why we received this award.”

To win the award, the agency had to:

* Identify how the agency’s efforts presented themselves in a manner that would lend strength, dignity and credit to the profession of law enforcement.

* Show what impact the department’s efforts have had on the academy association, law enforcement and/or the community.


* Show additional law enforcement and/or community involvement by the agency.

The award is named for Phyllis Goodwin, who worked with the FBI for almost 38 years. During most of those years she served as the police training tech and she assisted officers who wanted to attend the national academy.

The presentation of the award was made at the organization’s annual summer banquet, which took place last month.



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     Augusta DJJ Event: George Washington Invitational Basketball Camp Starts on August 8th DJJ Staff  at:  7/20/2012  
27TH ANNUAL GEORGE WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL BASKETBALL CAMP HOSTED BY THE AUGUSTA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE


The Department of Juvenile Justice in Augusta will be hosting the 27th Annual George Washington Invitational Basketball Camp on Wednesday, August 8th through Friday, August 10, 2012 at May Park (622 4th Street in Augusta).

The Camp will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.


For more information, call 706-721-5678.

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