Several individuals who have demonstrated dedication and excellence in the corrections profession throughout their careers were recognized during an Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with JAILCON22 Western Regional Conference on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sheriff Mark Dannels (Cochise County, AZ) along with representatives from each Arizona county's sheriff's office honored recipients of the Arizona Sheriffs' Association Awards, followed by NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, who presented awards to the recipients of the JAILCON22 Western Region Corrections Professionals Awards. McCotter also recognized agencies and individuals who had earned NIJO National Accreditation and Professional Certification.
NIJO wishes to extend our congratulations to the following award recipients.
ARIZONA SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION DETENTION OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Officer Octavio Ramirez Yuma County Sheriff's Office, AZ
ARIZONA SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION MARY HYNEK MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Megan Kennedy Cochise County Sheriff's Office, AZ
ARIZONA SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
Sergeant Amy Miller Coconino County Sheriff's Office, AZ
ARIZONA SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION DETENTION ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Commander Ernie Garcia Navajo County Sheriff's Office, AZ
JAILCON22 WESTERN REGION CORRECTIONS PROFESSIONALS AWARD DETENTION FACILITY INNOVATION
Washington County Sheriff's Office, TXThe mental health population inside our jails is not going down anytime soon. Recently, Washington County Sheriff’s Office developed a new mental health policy and program. The system works by first screening the inmate, which is reviewed by jail staff, forensic case manager, and justice of the peace. The inmate receives services based on their response. If an inmate needs services immediately after intake, then inmate with be screen within the hour. Currently 10 inmates (fluxuating dependent on population) are seen by telehealth psychologists. The telehealth counseling program is partnered with Texas A&M University to help assist with cost of the health services. From the Sheriff “Chief Hensley has literally taken a non-existent policy, developed a strong mental health policy, solicited and was eventually able to contract with Texas A&M University for Telemental Health Services”.
JAILCON22 WESTERN REGION CORRECTIONS PROFESSIONALS AWARD DEDICATION TO EXCELLENCE
Corporal Gretchen Ulrickson Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office, MTCorporal Ulrickson has taken on a rather amazing mentoring role in our detention center since she started here in 2018. She is fair, firm, and consistent with the inmates and is a very conscientious Field Training Officer. She treats all officers with respect and as a trainer and leader, she sets the bar high. Corporal Ulrickson recently became a CPR instructor and had to organize three classes for our officers. This was no easy task as the website for ordering and setting up classes was not very user friendly. After many hours of going through the process, she was able to instruct many of our staff, at various levels of competency. Corporal Ulrickson has been a real trooper when it comes to overtime. She will always answer any calls from the detention center and has come in on her days off whenever asked. This officer has the most logged overtime hours in our facility. Corporal Ulrickson has gone through all online training that she has been assigned from the National Institute for Jail Operations. With all this training, she has brought us great ideas and always tries to include anyone in the area in the training sessions she watched while working.
NIJO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S AWARD
The NIJO Executive Director's Award recognizes extraordinary service to the detention and corrections field by an individual based on leadership, knowledge and contributions to the corrections profession.
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