TopofemailSharing Our Stake in Maryland's Public SafetyDecember 2010
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KCStop2Crime Prevention Efforts Honored at Annual Event

Each year the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute (MCCPI), along with the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, and the Maryland Crime Prevention Association, present the Annual Governor's Crime Prevention Awards. The 2010 winners were recently announced and can be found on the MCCPI webpage.  This year multiple staff and programs from DPSCS were among the honorees.


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topbhcstoryDPSCS Staff Lifts Holiday Spirits 

On a day to day basis the employees of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services are striving to make a difference in the lives of Maryland citizens.  During the holiday season our staff goes the extra mile to lift the spirits of local communities where they work.  From the eastern shore to the mountains of western Maryland, employees found time in their busy schedules to give back to those less fortunate.


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toppswHoliday Floats Bring Creativity, Work Skills and Community Involvement 

Inmates at the Eastern Correctional Institution, under the supervision of correctional staff, build floats every year for various holiday parades on Maryland's eastern shore.  The floats are well known in surrounding communities for their intricate design and mechanical ingenuity.   A moving ferris wheel and carousel on this year's float are not only pleasing for those watching the parade, but bring creativity, work skills and community involvement for the inmates and institutional staff.  


The float is mostly made of recycled materials found around the institution, such as old inmate clothing, scrap wood and discarded metals.  Inmates learned how to work with many mediums to build something of this magnitude, while also taking pride in seeing their ideas come to life.  


By traveling to these parades the institution and staff, many of whom are from the towns where they display the float,  bring holiday cheer to local communities.  An all-around positive tradition for the Eastern Correctional Institution. Check out this photo album to see this year's festive holiday float.   

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Award recipients in six categories represent private citizens, community groups, businesses, the military, colleges CHOICEs MCCPI 2010 award

and universities, law enforcement/ correctional officers, and law enforcement agencies from throughout Maryland. Each has made outstanding contributions to the furtherance of crime prevention programming. From DPSCS, winners include Captain Walter Holmes and Captain Kevin King from the Eastern Correctional Institution who developed a youth deterrent program called CHOICES on the Eastern Shore. They present the reality of poor choices and the resulting prison life to thousands of youth at various schools, churches and community centers.  


The Division of Parole and Probation's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) was also selected. VPI, an O'Malley Administration initiative, has been touted by many local counties and Baltimore City for agents' work to closely monitor Maryland's most violent repeat offenders. The program also recently received national recognition from the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) when presented with their Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.


Each of the more than 50 winners from across the state were honored on December 7th at MCCPI's annual awards event.


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Correctional facilities from the Division of Correction, Division of Pretrial Detention and Services and Patuxent Institution did everything from donating food and gifts to local families and charities, to working with inmates to make toys for children.  Patuxent held a unique "pillow drive" that asked for new sheets, blankets and pillows to donate to a nearby homeless shelter.  Western Correctional Institution staff and inmates hand-made quilts to donate to local charities in Cumberland.  AnPCTC Holidaysd the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore held a breakfast with Santa for local school children.  


Several correctional officers from the Baltimore area also participated in the annual WMAR TV Toy Drive.  Law enforcement officers from all over the city come together to "drive" toys in their marked vehicles to the homes of less fortunate families.  DPSCS has assisted with this holiday event for many years.


At the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions staff reached out to their local community by sending holiday cards to troops and collecting food for the Human Services Program of Carroll County.  They also continued their tradition of supporting patients of Springfield Hospital - located next to their complex in Sykesville - by donating small gifts such as clothing, reading materials, toiletries and recreational equipment.  The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is also helping charities close to their daily routine of victim services by collecting toys for the Washington County Child Advocacy Center and the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. 

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The Division of Parole and Probation, which has offices in every county in Maryland as well as several in Baltimore City, also got in on the holiday spirit.  The Bel Air office collected toiletries for local veterans while the Aberdeen employees had a mitten tree for children at a local elementary school.  Silver Spring employees donated food items to a homeless shelter.  Other offices adopted families for the holiday, including an employee out of the Ellicott City office who had been down on her luck during 2010.  Central administration offices donated food to Baltimore's Bea Gaddy Family Center and staff from the Community Surveillance Enforcement Program held a "toys for kids" campaign. 




A special thank you to all DPSCS staff who made these and many more charity activities possible.