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IMPACT GEORGIA MAGAZINE JULY 2019

Officer Edwards began her career with the Georgia Department of Corrections three years ago as a Correctional Officer. She currently serves as a member of Smith State Prison’s (SP) Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) and was selected as the first female TIER Escort Officer at Smith SP.

Officer Edwards played a key role in the establishment of the Segregation Transition Education Program (STEP) Down Program at the facility by ensuring that the program operated effectively and without incident. She is hardworking, eager to learn and always willing to assist, where needed.

Although her responsibilities at work require her to work a flexible schedule, she still finds time to coach little league softball where she is seen as a “big sister,” not just a coach to young ladies. She takes the time to empower and encourage them in believing that they can accomplish any goal that they set for themselves.

Through her determined spirit, Officer Edwards has become a valuable asset not only to the department, but to the community as well.

Officer Edwards, Smith State Prison

OFFICER JOSEPH, CLAYTON TC

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OFFICER SPOTLIGHT

Officer Joseph joined the Georgia Department of Corrections in 2005 as a Correctional Officer at Phillips State Prison. He transferred to Northwest Probation Detention Center in 2007 and in 2010 he began working at Clayton Transitional Center, where he currently serves.

Officer Joseph currently maintains several positions and titles including correctional officer, transport officer, and sanitation officer where he continually assists with maintaining Clayton Transitional Center and does an outstanding job. Officer Joseph is a team player and always willing to assist his supervisors and /or fellow officers in any way possible. Over the years, Officer Joseph has truly shown us what being a dedicated Correctional Officer really means. Officer Joseph is always here when needed and has exhibited outstanding hard work and dedication to not only Clayton Transitional Center but has also been a beam of light around his co-workers and other staff at the facility.