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News: Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2013 - Contact Lisa E. Kinney, (804) 674-3275

Virginia Department of Corrections Recognizes Probation and Parole Officers' Week

RICHMOND - Probation and parole officers are in our communities every day working hard to make Virginia a safer place to live. Their dedication to public safety will be honored this week, which is recognized as Probation and Parole Officers’ Week in the Commonwealth.

Probation and parole officers’ work is challenging, difficult, and sometimes dangerous. P&P officers supervise and guide adult offenders as they work to become productive members of the community, and authorize the arrest of those who violate the terms of their supervision.

"Probation and parole officers have chosen a challenging profession which often does not receive the recognition it deserves," said Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) Director Harold Clarke. "Our P&P officers have taken a lead role in implementing evidence-based practices and guiding offenders through successful reintegration into life outside the prison system, contributing to Virginia’s low recidivism rate."

Throughout the week of July 21–27, the VADOC is recognizing and honoring Virginia's probation and parole officers. P&P officers provide guidance, education, and rehabilitation while maintaining regular contact with defendants and offenders, supervising their behavior, ensuring adherence to mandated conditions including court appearances, and assuring offenders’ prompt arrest for non-compliance.

"Probation and parole officers have a very difficult job. They are a critical part of public safety and are vital to the Governor’s Re-Entry Initiative," said Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker. "P&P officers are quietly working in every part of the Commonwealth and every neighborhood to keep our communities safe. They deserve our sincere gratitude for a job well done."

The VADOC operates 43 probation and parole districts employing more than 600 officers who supervise more than 57,000 offenders.

More information about the VADOC can be found at http://www.vadoc.virginia.gov/.