N.C. Department of Correction--Correction News--January 1998

DAPP Officers Graduate Basic Training

Raleigh - Congratulating the latest class of 22 officers to complete basic training, Probation and Parole Director Robert Guy urged them to work hard.

"You have to work the streets," Guy said at the Dec. 3rd ceremony. "You must do thorough home visits and employment contacts, always looking over the offender’s shoulder."Guy told the 22 new officers that developing resources in the community was important for them to do their jobs well. "It may be going to a job or going to school, but its important to use the community’s resources.

You’re the coordinator, but you’re also the enforcer who makes sure they do what the judge orders," Guy said. You can make or break an offender. You need to know when to enforce and when to re-inforce."

Some of the newly certified probation officers already had ties to the department. Samantha Misenheimer of Davie County had worked for the Division of Prisons for a year. "I want to help people. We need to help them make a positive change," Misenheimer said. "In our training, we learned how to handle ourselves with offenders and how to work with other officers as a team."

Glenn Weeks left a job in programs at Marion Correctional Institution to become a probation officer in Swain County. Weeks said the change allowed him to move back to his home county. He’s already been assigned a large caseload and found "There’s no down time in this job."

Another new probation officer is David Phillips of Cumberland County. He is the son of Assistant Secretary Lynn Phillips.

Guy said the division plans to add 25 intensive teams, 146 probation officers, 17 chief probation officers and six officers who will specialize in supervising sex offenders in the coming months.


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