The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office hosted a visit by the US Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) staff this week after Sheriff Butch Conway entered into a formal agreement on April 5, 2016 with the US Virgin Islands BOC to offer critical training.
BOC Director Rick Mullgrav, a former deputy, resigned from the sheriff’s office in 2015 to return to his US Virgin Islands home after being appointed by Governor Kenneth Mapp to serve as the Bureau of Corrections Director. He enlisted the help of Sheriff Conway to bring the BOC up to American Correctional Standards (ASC) and brought several members of his staff for a four day educational tour of the Gwinnett County Jail on Saturday, concluding the visit yesterday.
The group reviewed training in areas such as: use of force, booking procedures, contraband, searches, prisoner’s constitutional rights, ethics, report writing, sexual harassment, mental health, suicide screening, communicable diseases, inmate visitation, facility security, officer stress, prisoner correspondence, food service, hostage situations, prisoner transport, classification of prisoners, defensive tactics, grievances, prisoner activities, emergency procedures, basic jail operations, staff liability, staff-prisoner relations, prisoner discipline, investigations, disruptive prisoners and key/tool control.
Sheriff Conway was characteristically quick to lend a helping hand to his former deputy. “I consider it a compliment that a former staff member who is now in a position of even greater responsibility thinks highly enough of our operations to implement our procedures in the US Virgin Islands prison system. We’re happy to support Director Mullgrav in his effort to bring excellence to his agency.”
Director Mullgrav added, “We’re very excited about the opportunity to work with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. This is a major step forward in achieving ASC compliance for our prison system. As a former deputy, I know firsthand how efficient operations are at the Gwinnett County Jail and I hope to bring their standard of operations to the US Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections. We appreciate the training provided by Sheriff Conway and his professional staff and look forward to a long lasting relationship between the BOC and the sheriff’s office.”