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TDOC Holds Graduation for 20 New Probation and Parole Officers

Friday, October 18, 2019 | 02:13pm

TULLAHOMA - On Friday, October 18, 2019, the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) welcomed the next generation of Probation and Parole Officers (PPO’s) into our workforce during a graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Correction Academy in Tullahoma.  The ceremony celebrated the hard work of 20 Probation and Parole Officers who will be serving the citizens of Tennessee by working in the field across the state.

The keynote speaker for the event was District Director, Niresha Atkins.  Atkins spoke to the class about the importance of a career with TDOC as a Probation/Parole Officer.  “We are responsible for the care and treatment of people in the community.  They depend on you and how you treat them is very important.  I hope your reputation is tough but fair. Do things right but always do the right things.”

During their weeks of training, the class learned skills that will assist them in being effective Probation and Parole Officers.  Classes on leadership, effective listening and interviewing techniques, teamwork and defense skills were taught during the six-week academy. The following special awards were given to those students who excelled:

·         Top Gun Award: PPO James E. White

·         Academic Award: PPO’s Amelia Cornutt and  Jamaura Mayhue

·         Superintendent’s Award: PPO James E. White

Today’s graduates will return to their respective offices where they will be assigned a field training mentor.  During the mentorship period, the officers will apply their newfound skills to the Probation and Parole environment with the goal of enhancing public safety.