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.