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Division of Parole and Probation Graduates 12 New Agents

Sykesville, MD (April 15, 2011)

DPP GraduationThe Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) in April welcomed twelve men and women to the front lines of community supervision. The new agents will join more than 800 others to help DPP supervise 71,000 people all across Maryland.

This spring’s graduation sends the 12 new agents into DPP field offices on the western side of the Chesapeake. Agents will be working in offices from Baltimore County southward all the way to southern Maryland and westward to Garrett County.

DPP GraduationAfter the Patuxent Institution Honor Guard presented the colors, the new agents were welcomed to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), and then DPP Director Patrick McGee implored the agents to treat the badge with respect. Mr. McGee, a 38-year veteran of DPP, began as an agent himself and has held nearly every post in the statewide division.

The keynote address was given by Vernon Skuhr, who directs the Division’s Community Surveillance Enforcement Program. With more than 41 years of State service, Mr. Skuhr is one of the longest-tenured veterans in all of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. And his uplifting and heartfelt speech to the graduates was filled with the wisdom that only a longtime law enforcement veteran can provide.

These new agents have a tough job ahead of them: they stand as the “thin line” between offenders and law-abiding citizens. Keeping offenders and ex-offenders from committing new crimes or violating their parole and probation is a challenging task, but one DPP agents do so very well.

DPSCS extends best wishes to these twelve men and women as they begin their careers with the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation.