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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

New Parole Officers Deployed Across the State

May 6, 2011;

Atlanta, GA - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles’ 52 nd Basic Parole Officer Training Course (BPOTC) graduation ceremony was held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth today. Fifteen new Parole Officers will now begin duty across the state. 
Parole Board Vice Chairman Albert Murray delivered the commencement address and told the new officers that their role is one that speaks to the agency’s core mission of public safety. 
“As Board Members who consider granting parole to an offender, we do so knowing that the offender will be managed in the community at the highest possible level,” said Murray. He added, “Georgia’s Parole Board is nationally recognized primarily due to the quality level of supervision of offenders.”
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 just over 300 parole officers who supervise approximately 22,500 parolees statewide. The average caseload per parole officer is 75. 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 fifteen officers will begin work in the following locations: Adairsville, Americus, Columbus (2), Conyers, Cordele, Dalton, DeKalb, Douglasville, Gainesville, Griffin, Macon, Moultrie (2) and Atlanta (South Metro Office).
For more information on the Parole Board please visit our website at www.pap.state.ga.us .