Careers at DJJ: Thomas University's Annual Student Support Services Career Fair DJJ Staff  at:  4/3/2014  

Careers at DJJ: Thomas University's Annual Student Support Services Career Fair



Pictured left to right are Thomas HITS JPPS III Janie Holton, Colquitt CSO JPM Janet Pineiro, Thomas/Grady County JPM Shalonda Brinson, and Thomas CSO JPPS III Dawn Smith. Story support by Thomasa County JPM Shalonda Brinson.


Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia recently held its annual Student Services Career Fair and the Department of Juvenile Justice was a proud participant. Thomas County JPM Shalonda Brinson, JPPS III Dawn Smith, JPPS III Janie Holton and Colquitt County JPM Janet Pineiro all attended the Career Fair which helped students learn how to network and ‘sell their skills’ to possible employers in a comfortable environment.


Criminal Justice majors from Thomas University were the main focus of the final day of the Career Fair and the DJJ staff were on-hand to answer any and all questions about the juvenile justice system in general and working with the Department of Juvenile Justice specifically. Emphasizing the rewarding nature of a career with the DJJ, the staff from Southwest Georgia described the variety of jobs available to recent graduates and the ability to make a real difference in the lives of youth while working for the Department.


The Department of Juvenile Justice would like to thank Thomas University for inviting our staff to the annual Student Services Career Fair and looks forward to working with its students to build stronger relationships both today and in the near future.


 



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     Career Day at Georgia Washington Carver High School: Muscogee MSC/CSO DJJ Staff  at:  4/3/2014  
Career Day at George Washington Carver High School: Muscogee MSC/CSO


Story support by Muscogee MSC Social Services Program Manager Rochelle Taylor


Recently, staff from the Muscogee Multi-Service Center and Muscogee Court Services Office participated in a Career Day at George Washington Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia. JPPS III Ervin Christie, JPPS II Rodney Lawrence, JPPS II Jasmine Harris, and JPPS I John Lovett shared information about the many career opportunities at the Department of Juvenile Justice and why such a career can be so rewarding.



Students at George Washington Carver were able to learn about the requirements for starting a career and obtaining a position or internship at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Those who attended were also encouraged to focus on their education and set goals in order to create the best possible opportunities for themselves and their families for the future.


The Muscogee MSC/CSO staff would like to thank the teachers and students at George Wasington Carver High School for allowing DJJ to visit and participate in Career Day.





 





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     DJJ and Operation FACT: Facing Albany Crime Together DJJ Staff  at:  4/3/2014  

DJJ and Operation FACT: Facing Albany Crime Together



Story support by DJJ Special Operations Director Amy Fortner


When it comes to reducing or eliminating crime in Georgia, the Department of Juvenile Justice is not an island unto itself, but rather part of the larger law enforcement community in the state. Never was this sense of collective teamwork more evident than during the recent Operation FACT (Facing Crime in Albany Together) law enforcement task force that took place in Southwest Georgia.



Representing the Department of Juvenile Justice, four SMRT (Security Management and Response Team) members and one Albany HITS (High Intensity Team Supervision) members joined up with their colleagues in the Department of Corrections, Pardons and Paroles, U.S. Marshalls, and several Albany-Dougherty County Law Enforcement agencies to target high crime areas in the region. SMRT Officers Jamie Jackson, Aaron Wilcox, Jesse Floyd, and Hopson Williams along with HITS Officer Corey Wimberly spent two days focused on warrant service and enhanced policing targeting gang suppression and sex offender compliance.



For a couple of the DJJ officers, the action of the task force took a personal turn. SMRT Officers Jackson and Floyd were involved in a foot chase with a suspect who ran through the woods once confronted by the Operation FACT team. While fleeing, the suspect threw down a small amount of marijuana during the chase. The escape attempt was in vain as both the suspect was captured and marijuana recovered by Officers Jackson and Floyd.



All told, the DJJ Team had a strong showing at Operation FACT. In addition to providing sworn personnel to assist and transportation, DJJ Special Operations Director Amy Fortner helped coordinate logistics from the Command Post during the two-day operation. The willingness to assist and professionalism of the DJJ staff was well received by other agency personnel who appreciated the hard work and desire to help make the streets of Albany a bit safer for the law abiding citizens of the area.



READ THE ALBANY HERALD STORY ON OPERATION FACT HERE.....



 


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     DJJ IN THE COMMUNITY: FAIRINGTON ELEMENTARY CAREER DAY DJJ Staff  at:  4/2/2014  

DJJ IN THE COMMUNITY: FAIRINGTON ELEMENTARY CAREER DAY



Director Lisa Casey Bryson and the students at Fairington Elementary School


At the Department of Juvenile Justice, education is not limited to inside our facility walls. DJJ and its employees make it a point to be an engaged and daily partner of our communities throughout the state. Whether it be town hall meetings or school class presentations, DJJ staff will go the extra mile to improve the lives of youth in Georgia.


On March 28th, Fairington Elementary School in Lithonia hosted its annual Career Day and the Department of Juvenile Justice was there to show its support and help inform in a fun setting. Office of Classification and Transportation Director Lisa Casey Bryson and Statewide Security Risk Group Coordinator Monique Brandenburg spoke to over two hundred students during the day, stressing the importance of getting an education in achieving any career goal.


The students at Fairington Elementary were excited to hear about work at the Department of Juvenile Justice as well as ways to keep safe and avoid bad influences away from school. Director Lisa Casey Bryson’s presentation touched upon all the different career options available at DJJ and how each person’s job contributes to the day-to-day operation of such a large organization. Statewide Coordinator Monique Brandenburg’s talk revolved around Gang Awareness and how being in a gang is not a job that anyone should or would want. The questions asked by the students showed that they had a good time while understanding that a positive attitude and intellectual curiosity will help better their lives in the years to come.


The Department of Juvenile Justice would like to thank the teachers and students of Fairington Elementary School for inviting DJJ to their Career Day and for being attentive and gracious hosts.


 



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     Views from the Behavior Management Unit Officer Certification Course DJJ Staff  at:  4/1/2014  

VIEWS FROM THE BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT UNIT OFFICER CERTIFICATION COURSE



Front Row: (L to R) Deputy Commissioner Michael McNeely, Assistant Director of Training Christopher Thomas, Elizabeth Wilson, Cedrick Coley, Geneishea Beard, Janecia Miller, Bobby Dewberry, Quinderius Jones, Instructor Calvin Waldroup. Back Row (L to R) Lawrence Ethridge, Charles Elvine, Lutrell Ritchie, Charles Gordon, Crawford Pride, Titania Watkins, Krygier Roby, Thomas Howard, Jason Peacock and Training Program Manager Gary Murphy


The Office of Training conducted its first Behavior Management Unit Officer Certification Course at the Milledgeville Training Building on March 3rd through 7th, 2014. The forty hour course is designed to provide juvenile correctional officers assigned to a Behavior Management Unit (BMU) the skills and knowledge needed to perform their critical job duties.



Christopher Thomas, Assistant Director of Training reviews BMU Policy and Procedures with the class.



A course participant completes a report writing assignment



A course participant practices handcuffing while using a cuffing port


During the Behavior Management Unit Officer Certification Course, fifteen participants representing Eastman YDC, Macon YDC, Sumter YDC and Augusta YDC took part in a training program comprised of classroom lecture, numerous practical exercises and scenario based training. The curriculum included topics which focused on:

• Physical Fitness
• BMU Program and Policy Overview
• Standards of Conduct and Ethics
• Interpersonal Communication Skills
• Diffusing Hostile Situations
• Therapeutic Restraints
• Searches and Control of Contraband
• Documentation Standards and Report Writing
• Video Documentation
• Mechanical Restraints
• Team Building
• Count Procedures and Youth Movement
• Conducting Room Checks
• The Use of the Cuffing Port
• Crime Scene Preservation
• Adolescent Development
• Mental Health Disorders
• Working with Mental Health Youth
• The Effects of Childhood Trauma
• The Effects on Children Held in Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Detention
• The Wearing of the Flexforce Protective Gear
• Cell Extraction and Re-Entry
• O.C. Spray Certification.



A course participant practices using interpersonal communications skills to defuse a hostile situation



Participants practice placing a youth in the Emergency Restraint Chair



Participants taking part in team building activities


The Office of Training will be conducting additional Behavior Management Unit Officer Certification Courses on a monthly basis at the Milledgeville Training Building. BMU Class 002 is scheduled for March 31st through April 4th, 2014. BMU Class 003 is scheduled for May 5th through May 9th, 2014.


 


A course participant practices conducting cell searches for contraband



Deputy Commissioner Michael McNeely provides detailed feedback during video documentation practice




Dr. James Warren from the Office of Behavioral Health Services reviews Mental Health Disorders with the class



Officers completing the course were awarded BMU shoulder epaulets to wear on their uniform


 


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