Kenneth D. Abbott of
the Absconder Recovery Unit of the Lansing area, was chosen Michigan Corrections
Officer of the Year for 1992. He was selected by a committee of the Michigan
Correctional Officers' Training Council.
The Recovery Unit,
one of seven such operations, works to locate offenders who have absconded
from supervision or escaped from a prison. Abbott is part of the team
that covers the western and northern sections of Michigan.
Abbot helped to start
the Lansing branch of the unit in 1986. Since then, he has been directly
responsible for arresting 187 escaped prison inmates and 149 parole absconders.
He also assisted local television media in starting the "Crime Stoppers"
segment of a local news cast.
said Abbott "has earned the respect of officers from the FBI, Michigan
State Police Fugitive Team, and the Lansing, Jackson and Battle Creek
The finalist in the
Officer of the Year competition were: George Demenov, an officer at the
Carson City Regional Facility; Wynda Glover, an officer at the E.C. Brooks
Regional Facility; Philip W. Morris, an officer at the Department's boot
camp program at Cassidy Lake; and James E. Sivrais, an officer at Camp
and field service region nominated an individual for the honor and the
list was narrowed down to five by a committee which included past winners
of the title, a representative of the MCO and security and training representatives
of the Department.
Abbott and the other
finalists and nominees will be honored at an evening banquet May 8 in
Lansing cosponsored by the MCO and the Department.