Top row, at left, are Capt. Mike Kircher and Warden Scott Frauenheim along with ASP/PVSP Level 2 Operators. At right is Warden Rosemary Ndoh. In the front row are eight new CRT Level 1 graduates.

Top row, at left, are Capt. Mike Kircher and Warden Scott Frauenheim along with ASP/PVSP Level 2 Operators. At right is Warden Rosemary Ndoh. In the front row are eight new CRT Level 1 graduates.

By Lt. Michael Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison

Avenal State Prison (ASP) Warden Rosemary Ndoh, Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) Warden Scott Frauenheim and Correctional Capt. Mike Kircher joined the graduation of the Crisis Response Team’s (CRT) newest members.

Both Warden’s honored the newest graduates of the Level Operator 1 Academy showing their support to the new graduates for the dedication, hard work and time away from their families.

These eight new graduates from ASP/PVSP embarked on a 10-day specialized training program conducted by the Emergency Operations Unit of CDCR’s Division of Adult Institutions. The training is considered to be second to none for ensuring public safety throughout California.

There were 63 CRT Level 1 Graduates from many California prisons in attendance along with their family members. Correctional Lt. Adam Dennis, in charge of the Academy, said it is one of the largest classes ever for the CRT Academy. He said he was very proud to see all the family and supporting staff in attendance.

When situations call for a higher level of training and skills, CDCR calls on CRT members to diffuse and stop critical situations. The PVSP warden spoke to the new members and their families, thanking them for their dedication and support as specialized responders. Both wardens gave encouraging acknowledgments to the CRT program and especially their ASP/PVSP team.