New Officer Information

President’s Letter

Welcome New Officers,

I’m Randy McLellan. I’m a Sergeant at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center and I am privileged to serve as the current president of the Alaska Correctional Officers Association (ACOA). I would like to welcome you into the Correctional Officer profession; it is a profession like no other.

As a Correctional Officer, you will walk one of the toughest beats in law enforcement. Today’s Correctional Officers are hard-working professionals who put their lives on the line 24/7 protecting the public. You met high standards to be hired and you will continue to meet high standards throughout your career. We are held to and honor a demanding and stringent code of conduct. We are proud to be Correctional Officers. Long gone are the “knuckle dragging” days of the “guard” mentality.

In 2004, Correctional Officers formed their own union and we have been in control of our own destiny ever since. Over the years Correctional Officers have been very successful, becoming one of the most respected and influential associations in the State. We have one of the best contracts in the State and provide top level, professional representation. Past performance is no guarantee of future success, but with your support and participation nothing should change. You are starting a career and joining an organization you can be proud of!

On behalf of all Correctional Officers, I am glad to welcome you into our ranks! Do not be afraid to ask questions of your fellow Officers; we all started as you are starting. We encourage you to get involved in ACOA. Feel free to contact the office at any time; someone is usually there from seven in the morning until late at night. If you would like contact me directly, my email is Welcome to the toughest beat.

Welcome aboard!

Sergeant Randy McLellan
President, ACOA


ACOA New Officer Paperwork

As a new Correctional Officer in Alaska, please complete the “New Member Paperwork” forms below and return them to the ACOA office to become an ACOA Member.  You may give them to your facility Board Member or you may mail, email, or fax them to us directly.  An up-to-date email and phone number can be found at the bottom of this page.

New Member Paperwork (sign up forms only)

New Member Paperwork (full new hire packet)

State of Alaska

Link to State New Employee Orientation Site


Professional Correctional Organizations

You might also be interested in the following professional organizations that assist Alaska Officers. (membership is not required)

American Correctional Officer Intelligence Network
Correctional Peace Officers Foundation (CPOF)
Desert Waters Correctional Outreach