News Release

Let's Celebrate a First For Many States!
For Immediate Release: 07/21/2000

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) felt that adult and juvenile probation, parole and community supervision officers’ lingered in the shadows of anonymity far too long. APPA honors these unsung heroes through a presidential message and proclamations from 48 states declaring July 23-29, 2000 to be set aside to honor and recognize line officers who are on the front lines working with offenders who work and live in our communities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 4.1 million men and women on probation and parole as of December 31, 1999. This number does not reflect the number of juveniles on community supervision.

Tens of thousands of officers work to ensure public safety. They are an essential part of the criminal and juvenile justice system who recognize the right of the public to be safeguarded from criminal activity.

Officers work in partnership with community agencies and groups to provide services, support and protection for victims and others. They also provide services and support to offenders while holding them accountable.

The service these officers provide to our communities is invaluable!

APPA applauds their efforts and encourages each state to set aside time to honor and recognize these heroes during their week. Contact your local adult or juvenile probation or parole office for ways you can recognize these officers.

Visit APPA’s website at www.appa-net.org to view individual state proclamations. Click on desired state to view proclamation.