Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week

Message from Sec. Crews:

Please join me in recognizing Community Corrections members during Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week July 13 – 19, 2014.  Community Corrections members promote public safety by providing effective supervision of offenders in the community, holding offenders accountable and connecting offenders to services in order to reduce victimization and the reoccurrence of crime.   State Probation Officers play a critical role in our criminal justice system.  They serve in many capacities on the front lines, handling heavy case loads and ensuring that sanctions are followed.  Their work is challenging and often dangerous, working in high crime areas. This distinguished group of professionals dedication and commitment to public service is demonstrated on a daily basis, yet often goes unrecognized.  I speak for the entire Executive Leadership Team when I say how proud we are to celebrate the contributions each of you make in advancing our Agency’s mission and to thank you for the job you do.

We have faced some great challenges this past year but because of your hard work and dedication, we have also experienced many accomplishments. Through your initiative and hard work, 90% of the offenders who successfully complete supervision will not return to the Department for supervision or incarceration within three (3) years – a very impressive long term result. Your commitment to research-based supervision models and focus on changing offender behavior to improve supervision success rates and reduce future victimization and crime is truly commendable.  The partnerships you maintain with local law enforcement to share intelligence, assist with arrests, conduct searches and planned compliance initiatives enhances public safety.  The rapport you continue to foster with the judiciary, court personnel, Florida Parole Commission, criminal justice, state and county agencies, victims, local community resources and citizens enhances the professional image of the Department.   These accomplishments are not a result of any one person – whether you are one of the 2,100 certified staff who puts your life on the line every day to ensure public safety or one the 600 additional members who directly and indirectly help Community Corrections function on a daily basis – we celebrate our successes because of the efforts of each and every one of you.

Governor Scott has signed the attached proclamation showing his support of Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week and probation offices statewide will be hosting events to celebrate throughout the week.   You are truly “The Change in Your Community”.

Again, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication.  Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week is about each of you and I hope you are as proud to be a part of this Department as I am and to be among the dedicated DOC professionals working to move this Agency forward every day.  I am honored for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary.

Michael D. Crews
Secretary

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Proclamation signed by Gov. Rick Scott

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