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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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Pittsburgh, PA: Chief Probation Officer Job

The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is seeking a qualified individual for the full-time career position of Chief Probation Officer located in Pittsburgh, PA. The Chief Probation Officer administers and manages the daily operations of the U.S. Probation Office. The Chief Probation Officer is a Court Unit Executive who operates under the direction of the Chief Judge and the court. The position has an annual salary range of $145,914 - $194,331. The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is one of three federal judicial districts in Pennsylvania. The Western District of Pennsylvania is made up of 25 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. For a detailed position description, including representative duties, required and preferred qualifications, and instructions on how to apply, visit the court’s website at The Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Chief United States Probation Officer
Pittsburgh, PA
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Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week (July 15-21, 2018) News

July 15 through 21, 2018 is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.  If you recall your “Introduction to Criminal Justice” classes from college, you’ll remember that John Augustus, a boot maker and resident of Boston, is recognized as the “Father of Probation” and the first probation officer in the United States.  As the textbooks will tell you, in 1841, Augustus attended police court to bail out an acquaintance, who was a “common drunkard”.  The offender was ordered to appear in court a few weeks later for sentencing.   Accompanied by Augustus, the individual returned to court, sober and with a changed appearance.   At this time, Augustus began his 18 year career as a volunteer probation officer.  Augustus was credited with beginning the investigation process we now know in our system of probation.  He kept detailed notes on his actions and interactions with his probationers.  By 1858, Augustus has provided bail for 1,946 men and women.  Research indicates that only ten of this number forfeited their bond.  How about that recidivism rate! 

John Augustus

Upon reading several accounts of Augustus’ efforts, words such as “dogged persistence”, “zeal”, “compassion”, “respect”, “reform”, and “volunteer” appear.

On this 177th anniversary of the “Father of Probation” beginning his work in our field, the board of FPPOA recognizes that those same adjectives are within all of us.  Are these terms not the full description of our work in this profession?  Persistence, Compassion, Respect, Rehabilitation, and yes, how often are we “volunteering” our time. 

As the years add up for us in this career, and upon hearing of all the new ways we can perform our jobs as U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, we must reflect on the vision of the “Father of Probation.”  To add to the simple formula of Augustus, let’s add and emphasize the need for more officers and more financial resources.   Probation is a human interaction science.  It takes time for the officer to build a rapport and positive working relationship with the probationer.  This combination results in positive change.  (See recidivism rate referenced above.)

So during this Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week, the board of FPPOA recognizes and thanks all of you for your hard work and dedication to our very unique profession. 

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North Carolina: Operations Supervisor (Clerical) Job

Position Overview: The United States Probation & Court Services Office for the Western District of North Carolina is recruiting for an Operations Supervisor (Clerical). This position will be stationed in the Charlotte office and will supervise the clerical staff for the district. This is not a law enforcement officer position and the duties are supervisory / clerical in nature.

The Operations Supervisor coordinates the workload of the Probation Administrative Assistants in the district and ensures the quality of their work. This position is responsible for training, overseeing, and reviewing the work performed by the Probation Administrative Assistants. The incumbent will function as a procedural resource in the district and as such, maintains expertise in PACTS, office policies, and procedures. This position may be required to back up staff in their absence and perform various administrative support duties as necessary.

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Operations Supervisor (Clerical)
Charlotte, North Carolina
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FEDS Professional Liability Insurance Webinar (video) News

Recently, FEDS conducted a Professional Liability Insurance Webinar designed specifically for FPPOA members.  In this webinar, FEDS explained the liability exposures of Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, the coverage provided by FEDS professional liability insurance, and general reimbursement guidelines.  Below is a link to that recent webinar, in the event  you were unable to attend.

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Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation News

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On any given day, 7 percent of the estimated 2.3 million people incarcerated in U.S. jails are men and woman who served in our armed forces

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The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.

The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month, will be held on Thursday, May 17, at1 room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  Tickets are not needed but an RSVP is required. Reservations may be made by sending an email to

This event will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at and its YouTube site (with captions) at

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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.