ALBANY – Dozens of parole officers and state dignitaries gathered at the garden dedicated to fallen parole officers for the 13th Annual Parole Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. The event coincides with Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week (July 13-19) and honors all the brave men and women who gave their lives in the performance of their duties.
New Elected Division 236 Council Leader Tony Perez hung the wreath adjacent to the memorial wall with Stuart Levine, a state Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge member.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said, “Parole officers are helping parolees fight old demons in order to create new beginnings in their lives. The fact we have not lost a life in the line of duty since 2009 is both a blessing and confirmation that we have the best and most professional community supervision staff. They work hard and care for and about the people on their case loads. They always keep in mind, when they succeed, both the parolees and the citizens of NYS win.”
The Honorable Mary Kavaney, assistant deputy secretary to the governor for public safety, said, “The work (of parole officers) is noble, goes unnoticed, and is challenging and takes a toll on the officers. Officers work with very scarce resources in the community to make another person successful.”
PEF-represented parole officers who attended the ceremony said they wanted to honor their fallen colleagues. One added, “Most of the time we are not being recognized for the work we do and how dangerous it is. This is a reminder that any day, any one of us is at risk.”