What is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week?
In July, we take the time to honor corrections professionals who work in the field of community corrections—specifically, pretrial, probation, and parole workers. Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week is held every July by the American Probation and Parole Association (Community Corrections Connect’s administrating agency). This year it runs Sunday, July 13, 2014 through Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Not only is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week the ideal time to recognize the contribution community corrections professionals provide to society, it also raises awareness about this vital line of work. Know someone who may be interested in this career path? Share this post to encourage them to consider it: Am I a Good Fit for a Career in Probation and Parole?
More people are familiar with the concept of probation and parole, but may not be as aware of pretrial services officers and what critical role they serve. APPA has dedicated a whole page on its website to informing visitors about pretrial services programs and lists additional resources to learn more about the subject.
How Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week is Observed
During PPPSW, APPA encourages employers and organizations within the community corrections field may hold events to recognize pretrial, probation and parole staff. These events may include memorials to lost officers; training events; award ceremonies; and special meals, including pot lucks, catered events, and grill-outs.
For example, Dallas County CSCD and Juvenile Department in Texas holds an annual Recognition Luncheon for hundreds of local area officers, complete with training, a well-known keynote speaker, and an award given out in honor of a deceased juvenile probation officer. The New York City Department of Probation schedules a week-long celebration that includes a special annual theme, community service events in the local area, including clean-ups and health fairs, lunch with probation clients, and a staff meeting/ picnic.
Professional associations, collective bargaining units (unions), employers, and other related correctional organizations may send out press releases or proclamations or make speeches to provide public recognition to community corrections staff. Such press releases and public announcements also help to raise public awareness of the essential duties community corrections employees are tasked with.
Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week is the perfect time to recognize and celebrate community corrections professionals for their devotion, bravery, and ongoing commitment to being the change they would like to see in the world. When correctional agencies celebrate this week, they help to increase employee morale and retention, as well as inspire potential recruits to consider community corrections as a career.
How You Can Get Involved in Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week
Want to find out more about Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week? APPA has put together an extensive Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week digital resource kit that includes everything you need to celebrate this special week. You will find employee recognition ideas, printable marketing materials, a proclamation template, and much more when you visit the resource site.
Community Corrections Connect and DiscoverCorrections.com are supporting APPA in honoring and celebrating community corrections workers during this week. Join the Facebook Event for Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week to discuss this notable week and to give kudos to community corrections professionals who have performed their correctional duties in an extraordinary manner.
Joining the online conversation about Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week? Use the hashtag #PPPSW2014 on all hashtag-enabled social media networks.
Is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week celebrated by your agency? How are employees recognized?
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