Parole officers receive kudos in Brooklyn
By DEBORAH A. MILES
On September 29, the Brooklyn Regional Office on 2nd Avenue was the site for an Employee Appreciation Day, where approximately 75 PEF-represented parole officers received a message of gratitude for the work they perform.
PEF member and Assistant Re-Entry Manager Michelle Hall said this first-time event was designed to thank each and every parole officer for their participation and services provided to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in Brooklyn.
“Public service can be a daunting task with a plethora of things that have to get done. It can be easy to neglect one’s health or personal business. But our employees work diligently each year to enhance public safety while assisting formerly incarcerated individuals with securing community-based services necessary for a successful re-entry back into their communities. It was a pleasure to give back to them and honor them with this event,” Hall said.
Brooklyn’s Regional Director Nigel Joseph thanked the officers and said, “We wanted our staff to know that we are aware of life’s daily struggles and challenges in the workplace and in their personal lives, and we appreciate them.
“I wanted my staff to be aware of our commitment to them. As managers, we strive to do our very best for all our staff members no matter their rank or title. I also emphasized the value and importance of teamwork. I focused on their positive attributes and reminded them to take pride in their work.”
Parole Officer Suzette Moncrieffe said she recently joined the Brooklyn team and described the event as being “great” and a “success.”
“It was an opportunity for us to also talk to our fellow officers and to share our thoughts and feelings,” Moncrieffe said.
Parole Officer Kimalee Millwood added, “Many of us appreciated that management recognizes the work we do and took the time to tell us we are doing good jobs and making a difference in the lives of people and communities.
“The event also gave us an opportunity to talk with people in various health professions such as a fitness instructor, and to having our glucose levels checked. It focused on making time for ourselves through exercise, meditation or other activities to help us accept the challenges of a demanding and stressful job. It is just as Publius Syrus said, ‘A good health and a good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.’”
Joseph said he plans on making Employee Appreciation Day an annual event which will help strengthen the commitment to making communities safer and keeping true to the department’s mission.