47 New Agents Head to Parole and Probation’s Front Lines
August 31, 2011 - On August 31, a large class of 47 men and women headed off to the front lines of community supervision, sworn in by the Division of Parole and Probation’s Acting Director Patricia Vale, who reminded the men and women to carry their badges with pride and integrity. The class is diverse, featuring young people and second-career folks alike.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks delivered the keynote address, reminding the new agents that when it comes to fighting crime and keeping the public safe, everyone in the criminal justice system is like family, and has to work together. It’s likely Ms. Alsobrooks will get to know a few of those new agents, because 23 of them will be assigned to DPP’s Region Three, the busiest jurisdiction in which is Prince George’s County.
As is customary, the graduating agents also chose a speaker from their own ranks, and this one was most unusual: at 63, he’s one of the oldest “new” agents ever, and his enthusiasm is strong. Clarence Johnson was the U.S. Secretariat for Manufacturing in the Commerce Department, a high-level federal government employee for 34 years who always held a strong interest in criminal justice, recidivism, and just helping people turn their lives around. Now, he’s joined the ranks of the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation. Mr. Johnson stressed integrity, honesty, and work ethic during his speech to his fellow graduating agents.
Those new agents will be deployed to all four DPP regions spanning the state. And they enter DPP at a time when it’s winning high marks for the Violence Prevention Initiative and its use of technology to better monitor offenders. DPP agents supervise more than 66,000 men and women in Maryland.
DPSCS wishes the new Parole and Probation agents the best of luck as they embark on their new and critically important public safety careers.