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James E. Donald
Albert R. Murray
Vice Chair
L. Gale Buckner
Robert E. Keller
Terry E. Barnard
News Release
For Immediate Release   Contact: Steve Hayes, Director
Public Affairs Office
Phone: (404) 657-9450
FAX: (404) 651-8502

Ten Parole Officers Graduate Eight Week Training Course

November 4, 2011;

Atlanta, Ga. - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles’ 53 rd Basic Parole Officer Training Course (BPOTC) graduation ceremony was held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth today. Ten new Parole Officers are now on duty across the state. 
Board Member L. Gale Buckner delivered the commencement address. She told the graduates they have the tremendous responsibility of restoring offenders to productive citizens. “Everyone needs second chances and some need three and four chances. It takes courage to work with them and change their non-productive life patterns,” said Buckner.   
Parole Officers are classified as Georgia Peace Officers and must successfully complete an eight week Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), Basic Training Course. 
Course work includes supervision techniques, investigation procedures, intervention strategies, criminal and Georgia law, Parole Board policy and procedure, interview skills, physical fitness, arrest procedures, defensive tactics, computer interaction and firearms qualification. The training includes certification to use a Board issued service weapon. 
The Parole Board employs approximately 300 parole officers. Caseloads per officer average 75-85 parolees. Parole Officers work to transition offenders back into the community using a balanced approach of surveillance and treatment intervention. Parolees in Georgia report at least once a month and in addition, parole officers make scheduled and unscheduled visits to the parolees’ residences, employers and treatment providers to ensure compliance.
The ten new officers will begin work in the following locations: Adairsville, Albany, Clarkesville, Cordele, DeKalb, Dublin, Lafayette and Atlanta (South Metro Office).
For more information on the Parole Board please visit our website at www.pap.state.ga.us .