The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision held its 11th Parole Officer’s Memorial Ceremony in Albany July 24. PEF Division 236 Council Leader John Walters hung a wreath at the ceremony with Tina Stanford, chair of the Parole Board.
Mary Kavaney, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Public Safety, told the dozens of parole officers who gathered together that the parolees who return to crime are easily counted, but there are also thousands of parolees who benefit from the guidance of dedicated parole officers.
Robert Maccarone, Deputy Commissioner, state Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives read the Governor’s Proclamation, which announced July 21 through July 27 as National Pretrial, Probation and Parole Week. He said the governor recognizes the dangers of the profession and salutes the officers for their role in keeping communities safe.
Parole Officers who died while on the job are Barry Sutherland, Brian Rooney, Raymond Rinaldi, Theodore Clark, Anthony Libertone, Sharyn DeBose-Dover and Jeffrey Woolson.
PEF President Susan Kent, Secretary-Treasurer Carlos Garcia and Vice President Wayne Bayer attended the service. They are pictured with Walters and Parole Officer Pamela Colaprete from Rochester.
Statement from PEF President Susan M. Kent in recognition of National Pretrial, Probation and Parole week July 21-27, 2013
PEF represents approximately 850 members in state parole services, and 80 members at the Albany County Probation Department.
We honor the courage, professionalism and skill of all the PEF members who provide these crucial services to protect the public’s safety.
These services require great skill and professionalism because they combine the duties of law enforcement with rehabilitation and guidance. In providing these services, our members risk their own lives and safety to supervise individuals charged with or convicted of very serious crimes and try to guide them into new lives as law-abiding and productive citizens. PEF is truly proud and grateful to count these dedicated and committed professionals among our members.
The Office of Mental Health’s Regional Centers for Excellence Plan was released this afternoon. At this time, PEF’s leadership team is analyzing the plan to determine how it will impact our members and the services they provide.
Our priorities during implementation will be to ensure:
- Continuity of employment for our members
- Minimal impact to our members
- Quality of services provided to the clients our members serve are maintained
Please be assured a thorough review by PEF, with any necessary follow-up to OMH management will take place to ensure our priorities. We are working with your local leaders to gather information and to address your concerns. Please contact your local leaders with any questions you may have regarding your specific facility.
To see the plan in its entirety, please click here: http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/excellence/rce/rceplan.pdf