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2016 Correctional Officer of the Year Named

Gregory C. Dozier
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August 9, 2017

2016 Correctional Officer of the Year Named

Officer Phillip Carter recognized 

FORSYTH, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) honored Officer Phillip Carter of Colwell Probation Detention Center (PDC) as Correctional Officer of the Year at the 13th Annual GDC Awards ceremony on August 8 at GDC headquarters in Forsyth, Ga.

“Phillip’s dedication to the reform of the detainees at Colwell Probation Detention Center goes beyond measure,” said Assistant Commissioner of Facilities Ricky Myrick. “He is an invaluable member of the agency who takes his oath seriously, valuing both a safe and secure facility, and supporting successful reentry of offenders.”

The award is presented to a Correctional Officer who exhibits, not only, outstanding effort and motivation toward job duties, but takes an extra step to go above and beyond the call of duty. The winner must be a team player, support and actively work to implement criminal justice reform, provide suggestions to improve security and/or daily operations, display knowledge of inmate behaviors and policy and procedures, be loyal and respectful, and contribute to and participate in facility activities. 

Officer Carter was recognized for his commitment to the offenders who participate in the Rescued Program at Colwell PDC ( Overseeing the 10-week program, Officer Carter is instrumental in the lasting changes of both the detainees and the dogs. He works with the offenders and the instructors to instill a sense of discipline and commitment. His dedication to the program plays an active role in its continued success.

Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was attended by more than 250 guests.  Making the award presentation with Commissioner Greg Dozier were State Senator Tyler Harper, Board of Corrections member Christopher Clark, Chief of Staff Timothy C. Ward, Assistant Commissioners Ricky Myrick, Scott Poitevint, Jay Sanders, Randy Sauls, and Director of Professional Development Terry Edge and Director of Professional Standards Clay Nix.

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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