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Bryan Kingston, a Correctional Officer from California’s High Desert State Prison, has been named Correctional Officer of the Year by the International Association of Correctional Officers (IACO).

Kingston, 35, was nominated for the award by the California Department of Corrections after he was chosen as the Department’s Correctional Officer of the Year earlier this month. He was cited for his “tireless efforts and contributions to the Department” and for being “greatly admired, respected, and appreciated” for his work.

Kingston was picked for the international honor from 120 other officers nominated from throughout the United States and several foreign countries. He will be honored by the IACO at ceremonies in the nation’s capital in early May.

Kingston joined the Department of Corrections in 1986 and worked at the California Correctional Center in Susanville until transferring in 1995 to the neighboring High Desert State Prison. He played a key role in establishing the prison’s Investigative Services Unit, its evidence laboratory and various procedures for the Unit.

Kingston was part of a negotiations team that in 1995 persuaded a killer in a nearby community into surrendering, preventing further injuries or death.
“Bryan Kingston represents everything fine and good in a correctional officer,” said Joe Sandoval, Secretary of California’s Youth and Adult Correctional Agency which oversees the Corrections Department. “His work is superior and his personal involvement in the community illustrates our commitment to serving the public in many ways.”

In addition to his consistently outstanding work on the job, Kingston was praised for his active involvement with Susanville’s youth. Over the years he has volunteered with the Lassen High School baseball, Little League, Bobby Sox, Pop Warner football and other sporting events. He has also refereed high school football games for 16 years.