Press release: Prison Officer of the Year Awards and Probation Awards 2018

first_imgThe annual Prison Officer of the Year and Probation Awards celebrate those extraordinary individuals who put in the extra dedication, passion and understanding to their jobs to ultimately change lives. Anna is an extraordinary victim liaison officer whose compassion and professionalism is inspirational. She goes well beyond what is required and is a champion for probation in all she does. It feels absolutely amazing. To be a category winner was enough but to be the champion, especially alongside all the other winners tonight? Stunned. To find out more about careers in the Prison and Probation service visit our recruitment website. Team of the Year: Hackney Women’s Team London CRC Lifetime Achievement: Eddie Simon Changing Lives: Matthew Smith from NPS Taunton Change and Innovation: Angela Oakley from HMP Buckley Hall Fairness. Decency and Respect: Megan Key from NPS Midlands Supporting Victims: Anna Whateley from NPS Bristol Public Safety: Angie from NPS Midlands Staff Support: Stacey Johns from NPS Bridgend Partnership Working: Angie Powell from HMP Exeter The Prison Officer of the Year Awards 2018Keith Potter, Youth Custody Prison Officer HMYOI Feltham was awarded the title of Prison Officer of the Year 2018 on Thursday. Keith was nominated by his line manager Paul Barney, the Head of Offender Management as his services towards rehabilitating young people is unmatched.Keith runs numerous constructive activities that help young people’s rehabilitation and resettlement, such as successfully reintroducing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at HMP Feltham, extending the Fire Brigade LiFE course as a ROTL opportunity and has created community partnerships with local football clubs.Keith has managed to find an effective way to get through to young people helping them to turn their lives around.On winning his award, Keith said: Keith has done phenomenal work with a huge range of officers to support young people at Feltham, much of it in his own time and all of it with passion and commitment. HMPPS awards are an opportunity to celebrate success, share best practice and shine a light on the great work being done across England and Wales in the prison and probation services.Working with offenders in prison and in the community presents daily challenges but it is a vital public service with great opportunities to make a difference and to prevent victims and better protect the public.Notes to editorsThe Probation Awards took place on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and the Prison Officer of The Year Awards took place on Thursday 21 June 2018. I want to pay tribute to our prison and probation staff for their extraordinary service, commitment, and resilience. They are true heroes and I have been staggered – day in, day out – by the quality and dedication shown by so many of our staff. These awards give us the opportunity to reflect on their contribution, and to recognise those individual staff who have gone above and beyond. They are true role models, and show the impact staff can have in helping offenders turn their lives around, thereby reducing reoffending and protecting the public. Team of the Year: Early Days in Custody Team, HMP Woodhill Lifetime Achievement: Trevor Lewis from HMP Exeter Changing Lives: Donna Taylor from HMP Wormwood Scrubs Change and Innovation: Brian Greig from HMP Standford Hill Fairness. Decency and Respect: Jim King from HMP/YOI Feltham Safety, Security and Care: Rae Carter from HMP Winchester Public Safety: Stuart McBride from HMP Swaleside Staff Support: Kerrie Stott from HMP Isle of Wight Partnership Working: Keith Potter from HM/YOI Feltham There are 7 categories in both awards, plus a Team of the Year Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award. These all look to reward those with outstanding achievements in areas such as public safety, changing lives, and staff support.Both the Probation and Prison Officer of the Year Awards were handed out by Rory Stewart, Minister for Prisons, Probation and Sentencing. The category winners (pictured above) were: Talking about why he chose Anna, Michael Spurr, HMPPS Chief Executive Officer said: Talking about why he chose Keith, Michael Spurr, HMPPS Chief Executive Officer said: You can see highlights from the Probation Awards and Prison Officer of the Year Awards on Twitter. The Probation Awards 2018Anna Whateley from the Bristol team was given the overall title of Probation Champion of the Year on Wednesday. Anna’s described as being proactive, diligent and thorough, as well as being patient, kind and compassionate.She was nominated by her manager for her positive influence to the service, playing an instrumental role in both mentoring new staff and shaping new victims’ services in the South West and South Central division.On winning her award, Anna said: The category winners (pictured above) were: Michael Spurr, Chief Executive of HMPPS said: On the awards, Prisons and Probation Minister, Rory Stewart said: I’m not sure it’s really sunk in yet but it feels great. I’ve never thought that I was ever doing any more than just my job, so to be recognised for that is really fantastic. The staff working in our prisons do vitally important work every day but it often goes unseen so these awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise this work and to say thank you. Our nominees represent the best of a service where professionals are dedicated to changing lives and making their communities safer. I feel privileged to lead the service and I am extremely proud of the work our finalists are doing.last_img read more

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McGlinn Hall prepares for annual casino night, inviting students to practice their poker face for charity

first_imgMcGlinn Hall will hold their annual Casino Night on Friday, inviting students to deal, gamble and practice their skills while raising money for St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend, the dorm’s primary community partner.Last year’s fundraiser broke the dorm’s record and raised over $3,000, junior Molly Zachlin, one of the students spearheading the event, said. All of the money goes directly to the school. In the past, funds have helped supply new gym floors and transportation for the students and teachers.Continuing their support for St. Adalbert, students from McGlinn and Fischer Hall also tutor students at the school for an hour each week, using Casino Night to further their involvement with the students’ well-being, Zachlin said.“It’s a really good relationship we have between two schools,” she said.Zachlin started planning for the fundraiser as early as October. She said the hard work of the McGlinn commissioners always pays off. The students hope to make the fundraiser as successful as last year, not only for St. Adalbert’s, but for the Notre Dame community as well, she added.In addition to the charitable aspect of the event, Casino Night is also an opportunity for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to gather and enjoy fellowship, food and a variety of classic casino games, Zachlin said. The games offered at the event include Texas Hold’em, Roulette and Blackjack.Zachlin said perhaps the most exciting of the games is the Texas Hold’em tournament, with students competing against each other until a first and second-place winner are crowned. The first-place winner will take home a $100 Amazon gift card, while the runner-up will walk away with a $50 Amazon card.In addition to the tournament prizes, winning students in every game of the night can expect gift cards to the Hammes Bookstore and to a variety of local restaurants.The event works by allotting students a set amount of fake money to gamble throughout the night.“This fake money is then exchanged for raffle tickets for a chance to win tons of great prizes and gift cards or to purchase mocktails,” sophomore Alisa Nguyen, a co-commissioner of the event, said in an email.The event’s fun, classy but casual atmosphere makes it stands out among other dorm gatherings, Zachlin said.“It’s pretty unique compared to other dorm events,” she said. “We try to get a little classy. The McGlinn girls definitely dress up a little more nicely, and it’s a really fun time.”Tickets went on presale for $5, but they are still available at the door for $7. Nguyen said she urges students to consider attending.“Casino Night is a high-energy environment that facilitates community and fun,” she said. “It’s a chance to relax with friends, enjoy good food and music, meet new people and show off your poker face — all while helping raise money for St. Adalbert’s.”Tags: Gambling, McGlinn Casino Night, McGlinn Hall, poker face, St. Adalbert’slast_img read more

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CVPS wins second national award for storm response

first_imgVermont s largest electric company has won the industry s highest honor for storm recovery for the second time.CVPS President Bob Young today was presented the Edison Electric Institute s 2008 Emergency Recovery Award for the company s response to an historic ice storm in December.  The company s preemptive planning led to the restoration of service to more than 70 percent of affected customers after just one day, and complete restoration within a week. CVPS is the smallest company to ever receive the honor which it won for the second straight year. This is a tribute to the selflessness of our employees, the quality of our planning and the urgency of our response, Young said.  After we won the award for our response to the 2007 Nor icane, we never expected to face such devastation again, but December s ice storm brought tremendous challenges. Employees single-minded focus on our customers turned what could have been one of our darkest hours into one of our finest, Young said.  Many employees lives were relegated to working, sleeping and eating throughout our recovery and then many of them volunteered to go to New Hampshire to help out there.  We are blessed to have some of the finest workers in the industry.The ice storm wreaked unprecedented damage in southern and eastern Vermont, knocking down thousands of trees and power lines, along with cell service and radio communications.  CVPS marshaled all of its resources and brought in contractors and mutual aid from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada.CVPS, which has 95 line workers, nearly tripled the number of line crews, bringing in 170 outside line workers, 150 tree workers and 75 other outside workers.  It required a massive logistics effort to supply, feed, supervise, organize and house them.  Hundreds of other CVPS employees provided support.John teRiele, CVPS s director of transmission and distribution, praised other utilities and state and local officials for their assistance, which he called invaluable.  Everyone we asked for help provided it, he said.  Vermont Electric Cooperative was particularly helpful, sending some of their crews, procuring staff from northern municipal utilities that were unaffected, and covering for them with skeleton crews left behind.Scott Massie, who manages CVPS s central scheduling office, said the restoration effort, though complex and difficult, was made easier by an outpouring of support from customers.  The amount of damage and the rural nature of the hardest-hit areas were daunting, Massie said.  But customers, through calls, letters and personal support, reminded us why we do what we do for a living.Dave Miller, operations supervisor for CVPS s Brattleboro District, which includes the rural towns of Readsboro, Marlboro, Dover and surrounding towns which were among the hardest hit welcomed the storm award, but hopes its CVPS s last.  I m proud of how we responded, but I hope I never see such devastation again, Miller said.  It is really no surprise that CVPS earned accolades from the Edison Electric Institute for a second year in a row.  With its exemplary storm response and safety record, Vermont s largest electric utility has long been the envy of the industry, said International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 Business Manager Jeffrey Wimette.  Our union is very proud to have 216 members working for CVPS.  This award is a wonderful example of labor and management cooperatively fostering a workforce that takes customer service and the success of the company very seriously.The EEI Emergency Recovery Award is presented annually. Winners are selected based on the ability to respond swiftly and efficiently, overcome difficult circumstances, utilize unique or innovative techniques, communicate effectively with customers, and restore service promptly. A panel of judges selected CVPS following an international nomination process.Final statistics from the December storm include:CVPS s repair costs totaled an estimated $5.1 million, a CVPS record, surpassing the 2007 nor icane.49,100 customers were affected.42.7 percent of CVPS customers lost service in the Royalton District, 62.7 percent in the Brattleboro District and 70 percent in the Springfield District.60 of 105 distribution feeders were affected.120 poles were broken.Employees and contractors worked an estimated 75,000 man-hours to restore service.last_img read more

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White woman charged after racist Central Park confrontation

first_imgThis file image made from May 25, 2020 video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog talking to Christian Cooper in Central Park in New York. CHRISTIAN COOPER VIA AP FILE NEW YORK – A white woman who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man over her walking her dog without a leash in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false police report. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement on Monday that his office had charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year behind bars. She was ordered to appear in court on Oct. 14. (AP)center_img In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation and was fired from her job after frantically calling 911 to claim she was being threatened by “an African American man,” bird watcher Christian Cooper. On the video he recorded of the woman, he sounds calm and appears to keep a safe distance from her.last_img read more

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