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by Cathy Smith

CHARLOTTE - The North Carolina Probation/Parole Association celebrated its seventh year at their annual conference in Charlotte, June 13 - 15, 2001. "New Direction, New Vision, A Better Focus" was the theme of the event hosted by the Division of Community Corrections' Fourth Division. With words of praise and encouragement and a question - answer session, the Division Director, Robert Lee Guy, was the guest speaker at the opening session.

Participants enjoyed conference workshops which included "Security Threat Groups" presented by James Moody, DOP, "Courthouse Procedures" presented by Agent Don Guge, ABC Enforcement, "Parents Against Teen Suicide" presented by Fred M. Davis, Founder of PATS and, "Internet and Computer Games" presented by Kevin R. West, SBI Agent in Charge.

Highlights of the closing session were guest speaker, Theodis Beck, Secretary, Department of Correction, keynote speaker, Roy Cooper, NC Attorney General, and a memorial service for those employees who passed away during the last year. 

New NCPPA officers were sworn in and awards were presented. Winner of the Annual Daniel Chester Wiggins award was Ms. Karen Miller, JDM, District 23 and the NCPPA President's Award went to Cathy Clayton, CPPO, District 11. Regional awards were as follows: Division 1, Stephanie Rose, Division 2, Jacki Watkins, Division 3, Sherri Cook, Division 4, Brucie Green.

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