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Theodis Beck

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For Release: Contact: Keith Acree
Date: July 19, 2007 Phone: 919 -716-3700

 Bert Turner named a top Community Corrections officer

 APEX –Bert Turner, a probation/parole officer who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Fayetteville, was today namedBert Turner by Director Robert Lee Guy and the N.C. Department of Correction as one of the state’s top Community Corrections officers. 

Wayne Marshburn, Turner’s judicial district manager, said Turner puts the word “community” into corrections.

 Turner was dining out one night last December when a fellow patron began suffering a stroke. Officer Turner – calling on his training, quickly recognized what was happening, took control of the situation, and commanded calm, showing special concern for the stroke victim’s wife, who was emotionally distraught. The restaurant manager wrote that Officer Turner “was obviously trained well to act under pressure.”

 But Turner has also demonstrated that he can create pressure -- the kind that brings dangerous criminals to justice. The City of Wilson commended him for helping jail the suspects in an August 2006 shooting that left the victim paralyzed. The Wilson police chief wrote that Officer Turner is an asset to the department.

 In the Wilson investigation, Turner was working as a U.S. Marshal, assigned by the Division of Community Corrections to that agency’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force.

 He has been busy in that role. Turner helped capture two suspects in a November 2006 murder in Spring Lake. Officer Turner was also instrumental in the recent arrest of a feared sex offender who had absconded in Fayetteville.

 District Manager Marshburn said Officer Turner is well known and widely respected throughout Cumberland County. He said Turner “readily provides a helping hand    to fellow officers within this department  and the law enforcement community as a whole.”

 Turner attended Elon College and has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Fayetteville State University. He began working in the Division of Community Corrections as a probation/parole officer in 1995.

 Gov. Michael F. Easley has declared July 15-21, 2007, as Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Officers Week in North Carolina in observance of the important public safety work done by more than 2,000 probation/parole officers working across North Carolina.


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