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FPPOA Enters into Academic Partnership with Marist College News

Great new benefit announced for FPPOA members! FPPOA has partnered with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York who offers a Master Degree in Public Administration. As you will see by the attached document and link, this program has been utilized by many law enforcement agencies and many U.S. Probation Officers in the northeast. However, you do not have to live near the college to take advantage of this opportunity, as the program is online, in person, or a hybrid of both. If you’ve always had the interest in pursuing your Master’s Degree, check out this program.

From Marist: As a way of saying “thank you” to the many FPPOA officers all across the country, FPPOA has entered into an academic partnership with Marist College. Marist is a highly rated private liberal arts college offering special tuition pricing for all association members and their immediate adult family on select graduate and adult undergraduate programs, many of which are available 100% online.

Partnership Benefits

  • Association member save over $17,000 on the NASPAA accredited Masters in Public Administration degree. In addition, members and their immediate adult family will receive a 25% tuition discount on all other eligible graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs. For a complete list of eligible programs and discounted pricing, visit the eligible programs and pricing page at
  • We offer options for full-time and part-time master’s and bachelor’s degree programs offered 100% online, in-class, or a combination of both.
  • Enjoy state of the art classrooms for our bachelor’s and master’s programs offered on our main campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. We also offer a classroom-based MPA option at our satellite locations in Queens and Albany, NY.

Qualifying students must be 22 or older upon admission and applying through graduate admission or adult undergraduate admission.

Additional information about Marist, the partnership, and our programs can be found on the FPPOA discounts and benefits page (FPPOA membership and login required).

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National Law Enforcement Officers Week - Honors and Remembrance News

National Law Enforcement Officers Week is this week, with May 15th designated as National Law Enforcement Officers Day. This year, one of our own was honored in a ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and at the Thurgood Marshal Federal Judicial Building in D.C.

U.S. Probation Officer Charles Venz, Southern District of California, was killed in the performance of his duties on October 2, 1979, after being involved in an automobile accident while conducting field visits.

This past Monday, May 15, Officer Venz was honored in a ceremony at the Probation and Pretrial Services Office (AO-PPSO), which was attended by his three daughters and brother, as well as several other family members. As National President of FPPOA, it was an honor and privilege to be invited, and be a part of the day and ceremony. The touching and heartfelt program included opening remarks by Julie Och, AO-PPSO, who coordinated the event. Comments were made by Lee Ann Bennett, Deputy Director of the Administrative Office; Matt Rowland, Chief of PPSO; and Chief Probation Officer David Sultzbaugh, California Southern. Also in attendance were Chief’s Advisory Group Chair, Chief U.S. Probation Officer Tony San Giacomo, Western New York, as well as several others from AO-PPSO. The ceremony concluded with comments from Officer Venz’s youngest daughter, Holly Ryan. Officer Venz’s name now appears on the National Law Enforcement Memorial wall. On behalf of all U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, FPPOA sends our thoughts and prayers to Officer Venz’s wife, daughters, brother and family as he is remembered.

In addition to U.S. Probation Officer Venz, our system has suffered the loss of two other officers and one support staff in the line of duty.

U.S Probation Officer Joseph Matt DeLozier (Oklahoma Northern) died September 9, 1935. While traveling for official business, he stopped at a gas station and upon exiting his vehicle to refuel, his firearm fell to the pavement and discharged, the bullet hitting him in the thigh and severing an artery.

U.S. Probation Clerk Marie Christopher Curtis (West Virginia Northern) died December 31, 1966. In the morning of December 27, 1966, a female parolee bypassed the federal building’s elevator and walked to the third floor, entering the U.S. Probation Office. There, the parolee shot Mrs. Curtis five times, before turning the gun on herself. Mrs. Curtis died four days later.

U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl (Indiana Southern) died September 22, 1986. On that morning, Officer Gahl conducted a home visit on a parolee with mental health and violent tendencies. He knocked on the parolee’s door with no answer, returned to his vehicle, and then returned to the house. The parolee exited the house and charged at Officer Gahl with a shotgun, shooting him three times.

We remember these four individuals who served our system. And we must always remember in all situations, remain vigilant, stay alert, be trained and be ready.

Craig Penet
FPPOA National President

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Myths & Facts - Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System News

The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is a network comprised of the leading associations representing 90,000-plus probation, parole, pretrial, and treatment professionals around the country, including the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA), the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), and the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE).

This "Myths & Facts" package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document to help dispel three specific myths regarding the use of risk and need assessments within the criminal justice system. A description and relevant research to dispel each myth is provided. Our network believes that risk and need assessments currently provide the most accurate, objective prediction of the risk to recidivate. While risk and need assessments do not predict with perfect accuracy, they guide practitioners in the field towards the most accurate and equitable decisions available for safely managing justice-involved individuals. (source:

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Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017 passed the House Judiciary Committee News

On March 22, 2017, the “Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017” passed the House Judiciary Committee. This closed a statutory "loophole" which previously did not include an authorization under 18 U.S.C. §§ 3154 and 3603 for probation officers to supervise civilly committed sexually dangerous persons who had been granted conditional release. The following was posted on the JNET.

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The role of probation officers in FEDS LEOSA Coverage News

Did you know that FEDS LEOSA coverage was created in response to concerns initially brought about by probation and pretrial officers? In 2011, FEDS received calls from officers concerned that agency authority would not extend to actions after hours if the need arose to protect themselves or their family. For the next 18 months, the FEDS staff studied LEOSA laws and liability exposure with the help of the leading attorneys in LEOSA-related casework, as well as the authorities and policies of active federal law enforcement officers across the government.

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Hatch, Feinstein, Tillis, and Manchin Introduce Probation Officer Protection Legislation News

Washington, D.C.—Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017—a bill that will protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties.

“This commonsense, bipartisan legislation helps to ensure that federal probation officers have the proper tools and authority necessary to protect themselves from hostile individuals who may attempt to harm them or otherwise interfere while they perform their important work,” Senator Hatch said. “This bill also supports our men and women in law enforcement by freeing up precious time and resources for the local police, who will no longer need to accompany and provide backup for probation officers. Because many states already grant state probation officers authority to arrest third parties who forcibly interfere with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties, it only makes sense to give federal probation officers the same authority.” here to read the full article

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Vacancy Announcement: United States Probation Office District of Rhode Island News

Open until filled; applications received by February 24, 2017 will receive priority consideration. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

This position is open to all sources, including transfers within the Judiciary.  Interested applicants must submit a cover letter of interest which explains why you have chosen to pursue a career as a U.S. Probation Officer, and what knowledge, skills and abilities you will bring to the position to benefit the Court and the Probation Office for the District of Rhode Island.

for details and how to apply.

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FPPOA: New and Improved in 2017 (A must read) News

2017 has brought some changes to the board of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA): new board members and a new enthusiasm. So often you hear, “We need you as a member,” and so many times we as a board hear “what is FPPOA doing?” Well, here is what is actively going on right now.

Extensive planning for the 2017 FPPOA National Training Institute (NTI) to be held at the Omni Orlando Championsgate in Florida from August 20 to 23 (you’re going to want to attend this event!); development of a survey to seek line input on the duties of our job, to be communicated to the AO for the next work membership study; attendance of FPPOA board at Probation Officer Advisory Group (POAG) meetings and Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)/National Institute of Corrections meetings; Line Officer of the Year presentations in the various regions; research on various issues related to officer duties; gathering of information related to officer wellness and stress reduction; and more. to read the full article

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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.