During the week of July 16th through the 22nd, 2017, people across the United States and Canada will join together to recognize the work that probation, parole, and community supervision professionals do for our public safety. This year, the theme is “Clients, Employees, and Communities – Power through Partnerships.” Working together makes for stronger bonds between colleagues, community partners, and with those under supervision.
Today in Inyo County, there are over 600 adults and juveniles on community supervision monitored by probation professionals. Monitoring may take the form of home contacts, drug testing, making sure the offender attends counseling sessions and helping offenders to find suitable housing and employment. Probation Officers also supervise some offenders using state of the art electronic monitoring equipment.
With limited resources, community corrections professionals must be creative in finding solutions to make sure those they supervise have the support needed to find jobs, housing, and treatment. By collaborating with community leaders and volunteering their own time off work, many officers are making a difference while faced with expanding caseloads and additional responsibilities.
Chief Probation Officer Jeff Thomson would like to thank his staff for their dedication and commitment to the citizens of Inyo County and to the Probation Department. Chief Thomson said “The Probation Officers and staff of the Inyo County Probation Department are some of the hardest working people I know. It is a tough job to provide support and care for offenders while holding them accountable at the same. It takes everyone working together to change behaviors. The Probation Department is fortunate to have some of the finest men and women in the probation field working together to make our communities better.”
Members of our community are encouraged to join Chief Thomson during Probation Services Week to honor and thank the probation professionals who work every day to change lives and make Inyo County a safer place to live.