New Probation and Parole Officers will Help Keep Ontario Communities Safe
HAMILTON — Ontario is strengthening its correctional system and protecting communities with the addition of nine new probation and parole officers who graduated today from Ontario's Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre.
Graduates completed five weeks of extensive training covering topics such as assessment and case plans, motivational interviewing, report writing, enforcement and managing specialized cases. Probation and parole officers play an important role in helping to ensure public safety by managing offenders who are serving their sentences in the community.
"Ontario's probation and parole officers fulfill a vital and meaningful role in upholding public safety and facilitating the safe reintegration of offenders into communities," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "Our probation and parole officers are of the highest quality and their hard work and dedication make Ontario safer."
The supervision these officers provide helps strengthen community safety by ensuring offenders comply with their probation requirements set by a judge, such as undergoing substance abuse treatment, seeking gainful employment, and performing community service. Probation and parole officers regularly supervise, visit, and report on these individuals to ensure they are complying with their probation.
"Probation and parole officers protect communities and contribute valuable expertise to Ontario's correctional system," said Parliamentary Assistant Belinda Karahalios. "I want to thank each and every one of them for choosing a career that makes a difference."
The officers are currently assigned across Ontario: three in the Northern region, three in the Western region, one in the Eastern region and two in the Central region. Each is assigned to an area near their home community to offer a local perspective.