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Theodis Beck

North Carolina Department of Correction

For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Pamela Walker
Date: July 11, 2003 Phone: (919) 716-3733

Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Officers’ Week
to be celebrated statewide and nationally

STATEWIDE - The men and women who supervise approximately 118,000 probationers and parolees statewide are being recognized during Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Officers’ Week July 13-19. Governor Michael F. Easley issued a proclamation designating the week in North Carolina to coincide with the national observance, in recognition of the achievements of the more than 2,000 officers across the state.

"These officers are committed to promoting services and programs that can help offenders become law-abiding citizens," said Correction Secretary Theodis Beck. "They are hardworking individuals who truly care about making a difference in the communities where they live."

It’s been five years since the Division of Adult Probation and Parole changed its name to the Division of Community Corrections. The name change was implemented to more accurately reflect the mission of the division—forging partnerships with communities and pooling resources to help balance control and treatment of offenders.

"During the past few years we have developed a comprehensive community corrections strategy," said Director Robert Lee Guy. "Our strategy includes a focus on interagency collaboration and community partnerships while public safety is a top priority. We also are focused on addressing clinical treatment needs of offenders."

Probation/parole officers play a critical role in public safety. They must manage a caseload of offenders by promoting safety for the community, corrections staff and victims of crime; serving the offender; serving the courts; and effectively using resources to aid in rehabilitating the offender.

The officers provide core services such as investigations, victim advocacy, community supervision and treatment services and are available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Guy added, "I am proud to say we have many dedicated officers working for the citizens of North Carolina and their hard work is to be commended."

Note: The Department will name its Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Officers of the Year on Wednesday, July 16 at a ceremony in Raleigh. The four officers will represent the four Judicial Divisions in the state. They were nominated for an act of heroism; a contribution to the Department above the call of duty; or high productivity or significant impact on a program. The Public Information Office will notify media organizations of winners from their communities.

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