Division of Parole and Probation Graduates 48 New Agents
Sykesville ceremony sends them off into the world of community supervision, with better training and technology than ever, and itís making a difference in public safety

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Towson, MD (July 15, 2010)--- Forty-eight men and women entered the challenging community supervision arena on July 15, when the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation (DPP) graduated its newest class of agents at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville.

The new agents will be working across the state, in the more than 40 regional offices of an agency charged with supervising 71,000 Marylanders.

Their graduation comes just before American Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week (July 18-24), an annual time to recognize the tremendous contributions of parole and probation agents and other employees. Today, more than at any other time since the advent of probation, Maryland Parole and Probation employees are using technology, training, and a tireless work ethic to help the men and women placed on probation or released from institutions to supervision to succeed in the community.

DPPís Violence Prevention Initiative is taking more violent offenders off the streets than ever before. The Divisionís technological advances include LiveScan cross match fingerprint ID technology that closes the loop in making sure an offenderís RAP sheet shows law enforcement of a personís supervision status. DPP also operates three Watch Centers in high-crime jurisdictions; these have been instrumental in revoking the community supervision of more violators than ever.

Agents are now receiving specific domestic violence training to better serve the needs of a growing number of citizens. And DPPís Victim Services unit has increased in size and scope of services.

The Maryland Division of Parole and Probation has approximately 800 agents and Drinking Driver Monitor Program monitors working in Baltimore City and all 23 counties. The Division has more than 1,300 total employees.

Some notable DPP statistics are below.

Violence Prevention Initiative

  • 2,156 average active cases per month under VPI in FY09

  • FY08 vs. FY09
    143% increase in VPI violation warrant requests
    (1,240 vs. 3,027)

  • 61% increase in VPI violation warrants issued
    (1,176 vs. 1,898)

  • 248% increase in VPI offender supervision revocations
    (304 vs. 1,059)

Watch Centers

  • Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince Georgeís County

  • 412 warrants requested in FY09

  • 159 supervisions revoked in FY09

Violence Reduction

  • 16% drop in homicides in Baltimore City and 20% drop in shootings during FY08 and FY09 compared to the previous two FYs

  • 2008 saw second largest reduction in homicides statewide since 1985

  • 135 fewer non-fatal shootings in Baltimore City in CY09 vs. CY08

  • 22% drop in homicide rate and 11% drop in violent crime reported by Prince Georgeís County Police