BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) – Corrections Services officially welcomed 17 new Probation and Parole Officers to the Department after they took the oath of office Friday morning during a swearing in ceremony at the Department of Public Safety & Corrections Headquarters in Baton Rouge.
Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc provided the graduates with a virtual address, and Probation and Parole Director Bobby “Jamie” Lee Jr. addressed the graduates before administering the oath of office. P.O.S.T. Academy Director Joshua Smith also spoke during the ceremony.
“Congratulations to the newest members of our Probation and Parole team,” said Secretary Le Blanc. “These new officers will play a critical role in Louisiana’s criminal justice system, supervising offenders and helping them successfully reintegrate into society.”
The new officers will work in twelve districts across Louisiana. During the ceremony, the Department recognized the efforts of a few cadets who excelled. Class President Jason Carpenter received the Top Gun Award, and the Academic Award went to Bret Jackson. James Griffin III was also recognized as class vice president.
DPS&C’s P.O.S.T. certified Probation and Parole officers supervise over 51,000 individuals on probation and/or parole across the state, emphasizing public safety while also helping the individuals access resources that will aid in their efforts to become productive members of society.
Probation and Parole officers also routinely assist local, state, and federal authorities with investigations and information, including the crime prevention initiatives in Baton Rouge and New Orleans as well as various law enforcement task forces.