PUTNAMVILLE -- Three Putnamville Correctional Facility employees, including two from Brazil, were recently honored. Capt. Troy Keith and Correctional Caseworker Dean Treash, both of Brazil, along with Correctional Officer Jason Miller, Reelsville, were the recipients of awards in recognition of their outstanding performances. The awards were presented during the recent Indiana Criminal Justice Association's (ICJA) Fall Conference in Merrillville.
"We were inundated with nominations representing professional and dedicated correctional staff, all deserving of recognition," IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said. "Those selected exemplify the very best of correctional professionals."
Keith, a correctional employee of 13 years, was presented with the Corrections Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for outstanding service in the line of duty. Treash, a 23-year veteran, was recognized as the Correctional Counselor of the Year for his significant contributions to the facility and agency. Miller, a 14-year PCF employee, received the Commissioner's Correctional Professional of the Year award for demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work efficiently under stressful situations.
"Keith, Miller and Dean are indicative of the type of staff that I have the privilege to work with on a daily basis," PCF Supt. Stanley Knight said.
"I congratulate them on their accomplishments and thank all staff who strive for excellence in the performance of their duties."
The ICJA, originally founded in 1933 as the Indiana Probation Association, has expanded its membership to include professionals from correctional institutions, law enforcement, community corrections-based programs, the judiciary and various other related government agencies. It is used as a venue to address issues of mutual interest.