Views from the Field: Muscogee Youth Development Center Open House DJJ Staff  at:  9/30/2013  

Views from the Field: Muscogee Youth Development Center Open House



With the motto of "Focusing on Your Future", the Georgia Preparatory Academy at the Muscogee Youth Development Center hosted its Fall Open House on Saturday, September 28th. After an initial program, visitors were given a tour of the classrooms at Muscogee where they could learn more about the curriculum taught, grading procedures, and the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program.









The teachers and support staff at the Muscogee YDC would like to thank everyone involved in making this a successful Open House for all who attended. Special thanks goes out to all the families and visitors who took the time to learn more about the educational process at the Department of Juvenile Justice.


 


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     Department of Juvenile Justice Officers Graduate from BLET Training DJJ Staff  at:  9/27/2013  

Department of Juvenile Justice Officers Graduate from BLET Training


SMRT Team Members Wilcox and Floyd become 1st from DJJ to Complete Rigorous Course



Officer Aaron Wilcox (L), Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper (C), Officer Jesse Floyd (R)


At the Department of Juvenile Justice, dedication to excellence is contagious as our employees routinely go above and beyond the call to improve themselves in the support of Georgia youth in our care. Recently, this professional commitment broke new ground as two of the Department’s Security Management and Response Team (SMRT) members became the first officers ever to graduate from the rigorous Basic Law Enforcement Mandate Training (BLET) course held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.



Officer Wilcox, Special Operations Director Amy Fortner, Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper, Officer Floyd


SMRT Officer Aaron Wilcox and SMRT Officer Jesse Floyd graduated from the BLET course on September 20th at a ceremony attended by Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston. As a direct result of their graduation, Officers Wilcox and Floyd became Certified Peace Officers as recognized by the Georgia Peace Officers Standard and Training Council (POST).



Fellow SMRT Officers with Graduates Wilcox and Floyd


The BLET Mandate Training is one of the most intensely physical law enforcement courses available to law enforcement in Georgia. Lasting a grueling eleven weeks, the BLET course includes extensive training in firearms, defensive tactics, OC spray, emergency driving, criminal law education, arrest procedures, physical training, and comprehensive study of other areas in law enforcement. The skills learned at this training will benefit the Department through a wide variety of emergency and tactical situations.



Officer Wilcox receives his certification and congratulations from dignitaries including Speaker of the House David Ralston


Aaron Wilcox started his career with the Department of Juvenile Justice in 2004 at Eastman Youth Development Campus as a Juvenile Corrections Officer. He transferred to the Department of Corrections at Telfair State Prison in 2006, where he joined the tactical squad and was later promoted to Sergeant. He returned to the Department of Juvenile Justice at Eastman YDC and became a member of the Security Emergency Response Team (SERT). He was then promoted to the Statewide Security Management Response Team (SMRT), where he currently is assigned. He has completed a variety of specialized leadership training to include Tactical Basic, Security Management Basic Training, Sergeants Academy, and SERT Basic. Wilcox recently completed the eleven week Basic Law Enforcement Mandate training becoming a certified Peace Officer. He is one of the first two staff members to complete this training for the Department of Juvenile Justice.



Officer Floyd receives his certification and congratulations from dignitaries including Speaker of the House David Ralston


Jesse Lee Floyd has proudly been employed with the State of Georgia for thirteen years. Floyd worked with the Department of Corrections for 12 years before transferring to the Department of Juvenile Justice. During his tenure with the Department of Corrections, he excelled through the ranks reaching Lieutenant and then moved into Special Operations where he served on the specialized Cobra Unit. Floyd became a member of the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Security Management Response Team (SMRT) in 2012 and where he is currently assigned. He has completed a variety of specialized leadership training to include Sergeants Academy, the Professional Management Program (PMP), Basic Management Training, Tactical Basic, and the Security Management Basic Training. Most recently he completed the eleven week Basic Law Enforcement Mandate training becoming a certified Peace Officer. He is one of the first two staff members to complete this training for the Department of Juvenile Justice.



Officer Aaron Wilcox proudly shows his certificate



Officer Aaron Wilcox and Officer Jesse Floyd with their Peace Officer Certifications



Officer Jesse Floyd proudly shows his certificate



The BLET Mandate Class prepares to receive their certificates


Congratulations again to Officers Wilcox and Floyd!


 


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     DJJ at the Blue Ridge Elementary School Career Day DJJ Staff  at:  9/27/2013  

DJJ at the Blue Ridge Elementary School Career Day



Recently, the staff at the Elbert Shaw RYDC were honored to participate in the Career Day activities at the Blue Ridge Elementary School in Dalton, Georgia. Students ranging in age level from Kindergarten to Second Grade got to meet and hear from DJJ staff members Lieutenant Ed Chapman and Instructor II Rebecca Galloway as the two described details about their jobs, day to day life in the juvenile facility, and the importance making good decisions in life.



Students at Blue Ridge Elementary enjoyed the discussion and really wanted to learn more about the juvenile justice process. Asking questions such as "How many kids are in the facility?", "Do kids living in the detention center go to school?", and "What do you have to do to get sent to a detention center?", the students displayed great curiosity and enthusiasm. Lieutenant Chapman and Instructor Galloway did a great job answering each question with an age-appropriate answer and keeping the presentation interesting.



A highlight for many of the students during the Career Day presentation was when they were given a chance to see a DJJ Transportation Van and some of the equipment used to transport youth to the detention center. Lieutenant Chapman also shared some of the procedures used needed to operate a detention center.




The Elbert Shaw RYDC was proud to be part of group of law enforcement professionals from North Georgia including G.B.I., the Dalton City Police Department, and a local Game Warden. The Career Day also featured a special guest appearance by former Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49er Keith Henderson from Cartersville.



Congratulations again to the Elbert Shaw RYDC staff for showing their commitment to the community and the youth of Blue Ridge.




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     Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice FY2014 through FY2017 Strategic Plan DJJ Staff  at:  9/27/2013  

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE FY2014 THROUGH FY2017 STRATEGIC PLAN



The annual update to the Department’s Strategic Plan provides the venue to ensure that the Department of Juvenile Justice is being the best steward of the State’s resources and that DJJ is providing the most updated services to Georgia’s incarcerated youth. Operating Secure Facilities to house approximately 2,000 youth and providing probationary services for nearly 15,000 additional Community based youth is a complex and challenging task. The staff of the Department of Juvenile Justice meets this challenge on a daily basis through standards of operational excellence and evidence based programs to successfully care for and develop the youth that are in our care. DJJ has a commitment to the safety and security of the citizens of Georgia and this commitment is at the forefront of all of the Department's activities.


Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles has provided guidance to the DJJ staff for the creation of the Strategic Plan through his Top 5 Priorities. These Priorities are:


Operate Safe, Secure Facilities and Communities


Juvenile Justice Reform


Recruitment, Retention and Succession Planning


Classification and Placement of Youth


Offender/Youth Re-entry



The Department of Juvenile Justice Strategic Plan will guide the Department ahead as it moves to adapt implementation of the recently signed Juvenile Justice Reform Act. DJJ will continue to use this planning process to update its 5 and 10 year planning windows to ensure that it is prepared to meet the challenges and changing populations of youthful offenders in the State of Georgia.


To read the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice FY2014 Through FY2017 Strategic Plan, click on:


http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/docs/djj20142017strategicplan.pdf 


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     Georgia Preparatory Academy Macon Fall 2013 Open House DJJ Staff  at:  9/24/2013  
Georgia Preparatory Academy Macon Fall 2013 Open House

On September 14th, the Georgia Preparatory Academy Macon hosted an Open House welcoming parents and visitors from across the state. Starting with a brief program presented by the Lady Tigers Student Council, attendees were given a brief overview of all of the educational services provided by the Macon staff. An update on the school itself including background on the recent renaming of the facility, a technology update, and details on school sponsored activities.











After a brief informational session on Title I requirements for youth in juvenile justice facilities, Open House participants were given a tour of the vocational and academic buildings as well the newly renovated Cosmetology Lab. Additional discussion on all Macon activities took place after the tour at the Academic building.









Among the many special guests from the Department of Juvenile Justice attending this Open House included:




Dr. Audrey Armistad, Associate Superintendent




Keshia Douglas, Curriculum Director




Zane Shelfer, Director of CTAE




Debbie Alexander, NE Regional Administrator




Martha Dalesio, NW Regional Administrator




Sarah Draper, Deputy Commissioner




John Smith, Director of Legislative Affairs




Monique Brandenburg, Program Coordinator




Nadine Crocker, HR Director




Janette Nihles, Macon RYDC Director




Releus Lucear, Principal of GPA, Milan



















Special thanks to all that came out to support this great Open House! "We are the Lady Tigers, Hear us Roar! We are the Lady Tigers, Watch Us Soar!"




 




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