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National Law Enforcement Intelligence Group Recognizes Corrections Employee for Drug Interdiction Efforts

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May 01, 2019 12:00 AM
By: Sue McNaughton

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Tiffany FacklerOn April 29, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Intelligence Analyst Tiffany Fackler was recognized by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts with its Award of Excellence: Individual for analytics products she developed to assist the DOC with its drug interdiction efforts that began in 2018.

"Tiffany is a dedicated intelligence employee, who really helped out this agency during a time involving illegal substances within our prisons," Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said. "Her analytics work led to changes in the inmate visitation policy, visiting room vending machine access and mail processing procedures – all of which make our prisons safer for the employees who work in them and the inmates who live in them."

Fackler began her PA DOC employment in June 2018 after serving in a similar capacity with the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Intelligence Center. Soon after arrival at the DOC, the agency was in the midst of a drug crisis with dozens of employees and inmates sickened from exposure to illegal drugs in state prisons.

On her own initiative, she developed a series of intelligence products – alerts, briefs and reports – that were used by DOC officials to overhaul the department's drug interdiction efforts. She also retrieved and reviewed documented drug seizures and methods and developed drug briefs and photo arrays outlining techniques used to smuggle drugs into the system. Fackler's intelligence products were helpful in educating employees in identifying illegal drugs and protecting themselves from unwanted exposure to fentanyl and other dangerous substances.

"I have never seen anyone with more drive and initiative in planning, coordinating and developing intelligence products than Ms. Fackler," said James Barnacle, director of the Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence, and Fackler's supervisor. "Her work did more to eradicate the scourge of drugs from our prison system than anyone in the DOC. Furthermore, she did all of this in the first seven months of her employment with the DOC."

Individuals are encouraged to visit the DOC's website for details and frequent updates on the drug interdiction changes being implemented. In addition, the DOC also maintains a drug interdictions indicators dashboard.

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