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While the present association was established in 1955, the value of such an organization was expressed as early as April 21, 1936 in a letter to all officers from Richard E. McSweeney, Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the District of Massachusetts. The real effort to organize, however, came in 1948 when a committee was formed to study the establishment of a national association. Later, at a regional training institute in 1951 in Madison, Wisconsin, the officers in attendance accepted the earlier committee report and constituted themselves as a Federal Probation Officers Association.

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U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl News

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 marks the thirty-second anniversary of Thomas Gahl's line-of-duty death in the Southern District of Indiana. USPO Gahl died performing a home contact during which the offender ambushed Tom while armed with a shotgun. Gahl served for eleven years in the federal probation system. Thomas Gahl was 38 years old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife, Nancy, and two children, sons Chris and Nick, then ages 8 and 4. Please join the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association in remembering a fallen colleague. Please take a moment to review the article previously posted in News & Views.

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Marist College - Fall Graduate Virtual Information Sessions News

As a part of FPPOA's partnership with Marist College, the attached flyer provides dates and times for Graduate Virtual Information Sessions at Marist through the end of the year.  It includes programs such as the MBA, MPA, School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and more!   The virtual information sessions are an easy way to gain insight on a program or programs officers may be interested in at the convenience of their own home or office!

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FPPOA Survey Findings – Spring 2018 News

Earlier this year, FPPOA conducted a survey to gather information from the field.  A series of questions was developed to obtain information on topics FPPOA hears about from its members, as well as non-members.  In no way was this survey a professional, long term, “survey company/academic” approach to gathering information.  It was simply a series of questions to gather information from the field.   

The survey received feedback from over 1,500 officers.  That’s nearly 25% of the probation and pretrial officers in our system, meaning about one out of every four responded.  We thank all of you for your time in responding.  This number signifies to us that the line wanted to be heard.    As FPPOA is the sole “voice” for Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, we proudly provide you with the following information gathered from the survey.   The survey was not intended to bring about dispute, but to bring about cooperation and a better future for our officers. 

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FPPOA - National Training Institute 2019 News

FPPOA is excited to announce the next National Training Institute (NTI) will be held in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel from August 25 to 28, 2019.   The board is already in the planning process and are ready to host 500 officers for this training, which will include having the entire hotel solely for our conference. Please mark your calendar! Registration will begin in the spring.

As you know, the NTI is a very exciting and well attended training program, focused solely on the job of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers. We achieved great success and popularity in 2015 when it was held in Scottsdale. We are very excited once again to bring this program to the District of Arizona.

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CDC Alert: Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids News

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This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update is to alert public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). It is the second update to the original health advisory, HAN 384, issued October 26, 2015, which alerted the public to the increase in unintentional overdose fatalities involving fentanyl in multiple states, primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The first update to this health advisory was released on August 25, 2016 (HAN 395), describing the sharp increase in the availability of counterfeit pills containing varying amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, the continued increase of overdose deaths involving fentanyl across a growing number of states, and the widening array of fentanyl analogs being mixed with heroin or sold as heroin.

The current update includes information on: (1) the continued increase in the supply of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs detected by law enforcement; (2) the sharp rise in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and fentanyl analogs in a growing number of states, in particular the growing number of deaths involving the ultra-high potency fentanyl analog known as carfentanil; (3) the expanding number of poly-drug combinations implicated in opioid overdose deaths, which include non-opioids, such as cocaine; (4) the updated comprehensive guidance available to law enforcement and other emergency responders to prevent occupational exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs; and (5) updated recommendations for public health professionals and health care providers regarding prevention and response efforts.

Read the full article here: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00413.asp

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Thomas Gahl Video

On September 22nd, 1986 Tom Gahl became the first United States Probation Officer to be killed in the line of duty. This video commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death.