New Soldiers on the Community Supervision Front
Division of Parole and Probation Academy Graduates 12

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Towson, MD (April 15, 2011---The Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) welcomed twelve men and women to the front lines of community supervision today in the latest graduation from the DPP agent academy at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville.

The new agents will work in Parole and Probation field offices in western and southern Maryland, and in the Baltimore and suburban Washington, D.C. regions. Their graduation marks the end of rigorous study, and the beginning of a career that is one of the most important in all of Maryland public safety.

“Honor the badge, and act with integrity,” was the advice of DPP Director Patrick McGee to the agents. McGee, a 38-year veteran of Parole and Probation, began as an agent, and has held virtually every job in the Division since then.

The keynote address was given by Vernon Skuhr, who directs the Division’s Community Surveillance Enforcement Program. With more than 41 years of State service, Mr. Skuhr is one of the longest-tenured veterans in all of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. And his uplifting and heartfelt s peech to the graduates was filled with the wisdom that only a longtime law enforcement veteran can provide.

These new agents have a tough job ahead of them: they stand as the “thin line” between offenders and law-abiding citizens. Keeping offenders and ex-offenders from committing new crimes or violating their parole and probation is a challenging task, but one DPP agents do so very well.

Statewide, more than 800 agents supervise 71,000 men and women. The Division of Parole and Probation is widely respected throughout the criminal justice arena for its innovative programs, including the Violence Prevention Initiative, which has been credited with helping to reduce homicides in several Maryland jurisdictions thanks to its focus on taking repeat violent offenders off the streets.