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Hays, Kansas
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SUNDAY, JUNE 18,2006 FROM PAGE 1 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A5 CORRECTIONS: Duty calls at all hours of day, night ,*«• <?. kes CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 NWKCC supervises about 500 offenders, many of them high- risk, each year with counseling, drug testing and surveillance. The organization also has specific programs for meth users and sex offenders, with counseling sessions on numerous nights of the week. Trembley said that the ultimate goal of the NWKCC is public safety. "If you took all the people who committed criminal behavior in Kansas and threw them into prison, you wouldn't have enough prisons in the state for all of them or enough prisons in three states for that matter," Trembley said. "The greatest fear a community corrections officer has, or at least this one has, is somebody's going to leave here and go hurt somebody. That makes for a lot of tough decisions." Many offenders are under tripled supervision. And it's paid off. "We've never had a sex offender in our program commit a crime against a child," Trembley said. "We've never had a DUI offender run through a red light and kill some high school kid. We've been very successful in ensuring that a lot of these guys are watched all the time, making sure nobody's getting hurt." To help achieve this purpose, the officers of NWKCC make sure they have a close and symbiotic relationship with local law enforcement. "We help them, and they help us," Hays Police Department Detective P.C. "Skip" Baczkowski said. "If we need info on an individual case we're working on, they are a great source. And sometimes they need some assistance from us. We're here for the same purpose." In addition to the Hays administrative office, the organization has offices in Colby, Norton, Osborne and Liberal. There are six intensive supervision officers total with a handful of surveillance officers helping keep tabs on offenders in the area. Between this small team of officers, 2,300 contacts have been made with offenders over , ,,(8,100 worbshours so lar in FY 06.' "We've .got our hands pretty , full," Trembley said. And they're about to get fuller. ; Because of upcoming budget cuts, NWKCC's number of in- JAMIE ROPER / Hays Dally News A moment of levity penetrates Tess Bennett's meth group counseling session. Bennett has been a couselor since the meth program's Inception four years ago. tensive supervision officers will slip from six to five at the beginning of July, causing increased case loads for the remaining officers. "Now what happens when you do that?" Trembley said. "These guys are sometimes spread pretty thin the way it is." • •• Justin Herbel, intensive supervision officer of the Hays office, doesn't know his wife's Social Security number, but he knows the numbers of many clients by heart, including the one he is currently administering a urine test to. "Sometimes guys try to get past these things, b.ut that usually doesn't work very well," Herbel said. "You might be able to make it past one, but you'll soon get caught." The urine test catches six different types of drugs: amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, ecstasy, benzodiazepines and the THC of marijuana. Herbel was administering the urine tests before the evening's meth counseling session — conducted by counselor Tess Bennett on Tuesday and;'Thursday •-•' nights — but these tests take place in numerous other settings. Meth offenders ar.e required to come into the office to be drug tested two times a week. Officers also go to offenders' homes for random drug tests. The agency does more than 6,000 tests per year, Trembley said. "That way we know what's going on," he said. "The officers will decide what frequency of surveillance each individual offender needs. We'll check for the element of curfew when we show up. We'll check if people are in the house who shouldn't be there. For example, if you are under supervision as a sex offender, and there is a minor in your house, you will be picked up immediately, either by us or local law enforcement." When Norton intensive supervision officer Ray Dreher uses the term "intensive supervision," he means exactly that. "I make myself available 24-7, always have my cell phone on me" he said. "I'm at the residences all hours of the day and night, making sure everyone's where they're supposed to be." Dreher's been called out in the middle of church and in the middle of Christmas dinner to deal with: the issues hisjbb en- '' 9-to-5 lifestyle can be taxing. "It's never an easy job," Herbel said. "I go home with stress, a lot of the time. I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about this stuff; I don't know how to get away from that. It's tough. "But if I can say that I helped someone walk out of here a better person, then it's all worth it" he said. "Our first and main goal is public safety, always. But our second priority is changing people's lives, cheesy as that sounds." There are the success stories: one woman cites NWKCC as a vital step in cleaning up after several years of meth use that led to numerous trips to jail and treatment programs. The "Sometimes these guys might have to get up and drive across two counties to take care of a problem," Trembley said. "It takes a lot of dedication." This lack of the conventional Today is Sunday, June 18, the 169th day of 2006. There are 196 days left in the year. This is Father's Day. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On June 18, 1942, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England. The writer of the song "When I'm 64" turns 64 today. On this date: In 1778, American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the Revolutionary War. In 1812, the United States declared war against Britain. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium. In 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Ten years ago: Federal prosecutors in California charged Theodore Kaczynski in four of the Unabomber attacks. Richard Allen Davis was convicted in San Jose, Calif., of the 1993 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma. Five years ago: A judge in Golden, Colo., sentenced two therapists to 16 years in prison each in the death of a 10-year-old girl who had suffocated while wrapped in blankets during a "rebirthing" session. (Connell Watkins and Julie Ponder were convicted of reckless child abuse in the death of Candace Newmaker.) One year ago: U.S. Marines and Iraqi forces battled In 1940, during World War ll, British Prime Minister j nsur gents in a restive western Iraqi province, killing \17!«,itnn ^Uiiiistliill 11i*«ii/4 Vl I C? r«r»l ItltflMTl f*ft tf\ (Till Hi I ft _ I A. C f\ !l :•.-._*„ :„ »U™ _*!1!*n« .*r> Intnot- fxirnnninn tr\ Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, "This was their finest hour." In 1948, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights. In 1979, President Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna. In 1981, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart announced his retirement; his departure paved the way for Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female associate justice. about 50 militants in the military's latest campaign to stop foreign fighters infiltrating from neighboring Syria. Today's Birthdays: Movie critic Roger Ebert is 64. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 54. Country singer Blake Shelton is 30. Thought for Today: "The way of a superior man is threefold; virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear." - Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.). Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: Newspaper Activity For Father's Day, create a classified ad listing qualities of I the ideal father. 3 VACUUMS, One Low Price Cordless Zip Vac •Complete with charging unit. •Stores in a wall mourn where it recharges automatically. Now Only 399 95 Complete 3 Vacuum System WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Greek XL® features: •Weighs just 8 Ibs. •Picks up pollen, pet hair, dust, even dust mites in one pass •Top-fill bag-no dust •Long 25-foot cord • 10-yr. guarantee on the housing ORECK FACTORY SHOWROOMS MAIM: IN USA Compact Vac Features: •Weighs just 5 Ibs. 'Comes with 8 tools •Strong enough to -2-ply disposable bags pick up a 16-lb. '3-yr. warranty on bowling ball 1 " parts and labor HORIZON Appliance & Electronics 1901 E, 27th • Hays, KS 789*628-6131 or 800-371-6191 STORE HOURS MON.-FRl. 9A.M.-8P.M, SAT. 8A.M.-BP.M, SUN. 1 HM.-5 P.M, woman was granted anonymity by The Hays Daily News in exchange for her interview. "The last time I failed a UA was in the first part of 2004," she said. "I was looking at four to seven years of prison." It's been one day at a time since then, each day a struggle still. But she never went to prison. "The community corrections helped to stop me before I could get back to the point 1 was before, a mess, a total mess," she said. "But oh man, when I was trying to use, they were a pain. But if I hadn't had that supervision, I'm not sure I could have quit." Now she attends meetings five nights a week, raises her three children and is considering going back to school. But, Trembley said, you cannot expect this to be the case all of the time. "If you take the approach that people are just going to walk through that door, and just because they're in community corrections or on parole they're going to change, you will fail," he said. There are offenders who will finish the program and keep coming back time after time, Herbel said. He estimates that these types of clients make up about 10 percent of offenders, though the organization does not track directly the number of repeat offenders. "The hardest part of this job is putting a lot of time and effort into somebody and seeing them not follow through," Trembley said. "You got to be ready for that. If you're not ready for failure, you're in the wrong business. If you don't love this job, you will burn out quick." Reporter Micah Merles can be reached at (785) 628-1801, ext. 139, or by e-mail at mmertes® daily ne ws. net. toll on officers By VICKIE MOSS OTTAWA HERALD OTTAWA — The most traumatic calls for local law enforcement typically involve the death of a child, officers with the Franklin County Sheriff's and Ottawa Police departments said. After such tragedies and other types of incidents, officers involved have a debriefing session with mental health professionals to talk about how it affected them, both Ottawa Police Capt. Ron Puterbaugh and Sheriff Craig Davis said. "Over the years, I've had young children die in my arms," Davis said. "That is so hard to handle. There are times I've had to go talk to someone. You feel so helpless." Law enforcement agencies recognize the effect stress can have on officers. Both Puterbaugh and Davis said they've been in law enforcement many years and have seen attitudes about stress change. "There's been more of an emphasis on stress-related burnout," Puterbaugh said. "They've recognized high rates of alcoholism, high divorce rates for officers due to stress." Employee assistance programs encourage officers to seek help with mental health professionals. Physical activity and exercise are encouraged, as is involvement with activities like Special Olympics or youth groups. Supervisors encourage and, if necessary, even demand an officer seek help if stress becomes an issue, Davis said. "Because of the nature of the business and the image they think people perceive of them, it's hard for officers to admit something is getting to them," Davis said. "In my career I've seen officers who have gone through traumatic situations — they were good officers; they were good people — but it affected them so much they got out of the business." 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