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Mission Statement

ACCC operates a community-based supervision program that recruits and recognizes a well-trained, professional work force to serve and protect our community, its crime victims and those adult offenders under supervision by effectively deploying the field's best practices, proven programming, and rehabilitative strategies to hold offenders accountable and promote their success.

Who We Are

Allen County Community Corrections is comprised of an experienced and diverse staff of nearly 100 individuals. Our employees have been trained in various disciplines including: administration, law enforcement, social work, psychology, security, case management, investigation, education, supervision, mental health, and statistics.

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Agency News 
  First Responders Commemorated

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On May 10th, a large crowd of officers and firefighters attended the Annual Police Memorial which was the start of Police week at the Law Enforcement and Firefighters Memorial of Allen. Among the attendees were the officers and leadership from Allen County Community Corrections.

Speakers for the memorial included Mayor Tom Henry, FWPD Officer Michael Joyner, Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, FWPD Chief Steve Reed, FWFD Chief Eric Lahey, Police Chaplain Richard Hartman, New Haven Police Chief Henry Mckinnon and Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux.

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters proclaimed May 10, 2019 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and
May 12-18, 2019 as Police Week in Allen County. The service and memorial commemorates the first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The memorial is located at 1001 North Wells Street and has the names of all the fireman and police officers from Allen County that has lost their lives in the line of duty.

  National Correctional Officers and Employees Week


On May 5th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers and Employees Week”. Since then, the first full week in May has been marked to recognize and honor the work of Correctional Officers and Correctional Personnel nationwide.  Please take time from May 5-11, 2019 to join me in acknowledging our team at Allen County Community Corrections for their hard work and dedicated efforts day in and day out throughout the year.

The staff at ACCC has served the public admirably and with excellence in the past year.  Our corrections officers and staff are well-trained professionals dedicated to maintaining a secure facility safe for our participants and fellow staff members, all while ensuring public safety and effecting behavioral change in those we serve. As former President Ronald Reagan said: “The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect.  It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.”

Regardless of the responsibility, all of the corrections professionals at ACCC fully understand the risks, pressures and stresses inherent in their jobs, but each embrace and accept them as part of the duty to the agency and to Allen County.

Thank you all for your continued commitment and contributions to the mission and vision of Allen County Community Corrections.

Sincerely,

Kim Churchward
Executive Director
ACCC

  New Assistant Director Named


Danielle Edenfield will join ACCC as our new Assistant Director, starting on Monday March 25th. Ms. Edenfield graduated from Indiana-Purdue University Ft Wayne in 1998 and immediately went to work at the Allen County Prosecutor's Office. For the past ten (10) years she has served the office and the community as the Chief Investigator.

We look forward to Ms. Edenfield starting her journey with ACCC!

  Carey Brief Intervention Tools


In August, ACCC contracted with Erin King, of the Carey Group, Inc., to provide Allen County Community Corrections customized case management training involving direct observations of staff and desk audits with individual feedback. The Brief Intervention ToolS (BITS) were created to help corrections professionals effectively address key skill deficits with adult offenders in short, structured interventions. As of December, all case managers completed certification and training on how to effectively administer the Carey Guides and BITs.
  Veterans Court Graduation - 2018




The Joint Allen County Veterans Court of the Allen Circuit and Superior Courts held a graduation ceremony on November 8, 2018 at 11:00am for 12 veterans in the Allen Circuit Court. The veterans have completed the Veterans Court Program, an intensive program designed to connect veterans suffering with from a variety of disorders with benefits and treatment to help them.

Many of the graduates faced jail or prison time because of their issues, but the program helped them stay out of jail and get sober. The graduates completed almost 986 hours of treatment and classes. Almost all graduates of the program reported having improved relationships with family and one enrolled in college classes. Since the program began in 2014, 49 Hoosier veterans have graduated from the Veterans Court Program.

  Allen County Christmas Bureau, Toys for Tots and Community Corrections


Since 1999, Community Corrections has worked with the Allen County Christmas Bureau. Our crews help with set up and tear down for the annual event. They also help staff the event along with volunteers for three days in December, this year was December 3rd, 4th and 5th. We help collect, organize and move materials for them in their warehouse.

The Christmas Bureau and Toys for Tots help families to have the Christmas of their dreams. The Christmas Bureau always provides Donuts and coffee in the morning and lunch in the afternoon for our crews. On our last day this year, Jane Surbeck provided Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island for our work crews at the end of the day.

In the weeks before Christmas, Community Corrections received food and toys for families of our clients. The food came from the Christmas Bureau and the toys came from Toys for Tots and the Christmas Bureau. Volunteers from within Community Corrections helped to organize and distribute the items to our clients. Everyone enjoyed helping and distributing the items.


Training Programs
  Basic Motivational Interviewing Training  

ACCC offers a Basic Motivational Interviewing Workshop (2-day Training) for Criminal Justice and Clinical Professionals – designed to introduce new staff members to the principles of the approach (Spirit of MI), foundations of clinical skills, and skills practice.  This is an interactive program involving skill building, role-playing, and fun.  Click here to check out our Training Division’s 2019 Program Schedule.

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