Eighteen New Soldiers on the Front Lines of Community Supervision
(April 10, 2012) - Exhorted by the Secretary of Public Safety to be compassionate and good listeners as well as law enforcers, eighteen men and women were officially sworn in as community supervision agents on April 10 at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville. The newest DPSCS employees completed the rigorous Agent Academy and now will fan out to parole and probation offices in central and southern Maryland, including the Baltimore and Annapolis metropolitan areas.
DPSCS Secretary Gary Maynard thanked the agents for accepting the challenge of what he called “probably the most important job you’ll ever have: protecting the public.” Former DPSCS Pretrial Commissioner William J. Smith, who’s now Deputy Director of Corrections in Prince George’s County, gave the keynote address, reminding the agents that successful reentry is the goal for each and every offender.
Governor O’Malley has made maintaining the ranks of community supervision a priority. As such, Agent Academy classes continue to form to make certain that the ranks don’t get too thin as senior agents retire and others leave.
DPSCS Community Supervision in Maryland encompasses all 23 counties and Baltimore City. More than 800 agents supervise nearly 66,000 men and women who are either just out of prison, or sentenced to community supervision in lieu of prison or jail time.
DPSCS thanks each of its hardworking agents for their work on the front lines of community supervision.