During this week of July 16-22, we will join with people across the United States and Canada to recognize the work that probation, parole, and community supervision professionals do for our public safety. The theme chosen this year is "Clients, Employees, and Communities - Power through Partnerships." Collaboration makes for stronger bonds between colleagues, community partners and with those under our supervision.
Governor Herbert signed a declaration proclaiming this week as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week in Utah and acknowledging Adult Probation and Parole staff as a true force for positive change in our communities, deserving recognition. Few serve in a capacity of more importance to our public safety and do so, with little to no fan fair.
Here in Utah, there are roughly 17,000 people on supervision monitored by our incredible AP&P Agents. Monitoring may take the form of home contacts, drug testing, electronic monitoring equipment which requires expert knowledge of new technologies. Our AP&P professionals focus on supervising offenders and making sure those they supervise have the support needed to find resources that will keep them from committing new crimes. By collaborating with community leaders and volunteering their own time off work, many agents make a difference while faced with expanding caseloads and additional responsibilities.
This year we have made a concerted effort to invite our legislators out for ride-a-longs and tours of our community correctional centers. Several of them will be out and about the various regions along with our executive leadership team in the coming days to spend some time together. This is a great opportunity to share the difficulties, challenges and positive aspects of our important responsibilities.
- Public Information Office, July 17, 2017