FPPOA is now over 60 years of age and is the sole representative association dedicated exclusively for staff working in Federal Probation and Pretrial Services. As part of FPPOA's commitment to the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services, we hope that this site is able to provide you with all the information that fits your professional needs. From the outset, the Association has been a major influence in the growth and direction of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services System. During its early years, the Association contributed to the establishment of an improved, standardized salary plan, influenced a needed increase in the number of officers and served a major function in assuring qualification of officers for hazardous duty retirement. Read More >
Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association
The beauty of autumn is remarkable here in the Midwest, even if the daily temperature will not get over 60 degrees for six months. People can enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and hay rides, which both include hot apple cider and donuts (yum). Also, if you pay attention on October 31, you may be able to observe real angels, ballerinas, zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and superheroes walking the streets requesting sweet treats.
Yes, autumn has its bright spots but unfortunately it also signifies the beginning of flu seasons. Every year the flu causes over 200,000 people to be hospitalized in the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends everyone over the age six months old get the flu vaccine. With the holidays fast approaching and people gathering more often which increases the chances of spreading the virus. The Advisory Committee therefore suggest everyone should get the flu vaccine by the end of October.
However, many of us are very skeptical about getting a flu vaccine because we are scared it will make us sick. Others are concerned that the flu vaccine will have long lasting negative effects on their children.
The following article addresses some of the concerns about getting the flu vaccine and why people should consider getting the flu vaccine.
As always FPPOA is here for you.
Dion J Thomas
Supervisory United States Probation Officer
Eastern District of Michigan
FPPOA Connection Newsletter - October 2018 Newsletter
This week’s WELLNESS WEDNESDAY’s article is focusing on "Work Life Balance." I know, I know "Work Life Balance" has been the hot catch phrase over the past few years. However, for a lot of people the concept of "Work Life Balance" is just that, a concept. Many of us find our stress levels increasing because we wear so many hats and try to juggle them all at the same time. Some may call it multitasking, but we often began to feel overwhelmed, which can lead to poor health. According to an article published by Mental Health America titled "Work Life Balance:" many of us are torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests. Therefore, it is no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as "super stressed", and that’s not balanced—or healthy.
The article mentioned how our rush to meet all our expectations at the office and home lead to increased stress levels, which decreases our productivity and can damage our relationships. Prolonged stress will eventually weaken our immune system and double the risk of heart attacks or other mental/ physical ailments.
This position is located in the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, NC. The incumbent is responsible for supervising the activities of line probation officers and probation officer specialists under the direction of the Chief Probation Officer and the Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer.
FPPOA 2018 Elections News
Election season is once again upon us! It is time for those of you in the Southeast and Northeast Regions to elect your regional presidents. The national officers are also up for election this year (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer).
Please consider throwing your hat in the ring and being an officer in the only professional organization dedicated solely to Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers.
Elections are tentatively scheduled for the second week in November, and are done electronically through FPPOA’s website. You will receive an email when the elections are open. Don’t forget to vote!
Officers wishing to be placed on the ballot should email a letter/statement of interest no later than October 31, 2018 to Eileen_Vodak@wiep.uscourts.gov. The letter should include the position you are running for (if a regional president, please specify which region), a biography with your tenure as a USPO/USPSO/POA, your history of FPPOA membership, previous professional experience, past and present professional affiliations, professional recognitions/awards, and community activities. Please also provide a statement, approximately one page in length, regarding your views on current issues affecting the US Probation System and FPPOA, and any proposals/ideas you would like to see implemented.
If you have any questions regarding the elections or officer responsibilities, please contact Eileen Vodak. Thank you!