Probation and Parole Academy Class 39 Graduates

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Sitting from left to right: Taylor Garrett, Alyssa Baumeister, Kelly Norris, Megan Baiamonte, Robyn Doxey, Moneisha Lavine; Standing from left to right: Christopher Bertrand, Larry Rivers, Roger Butterfield, William Morris, Jared Holcomb, Syed Hassan, Matthew Wheeler, Chad Brannon.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) – Corrections Services officially welcomed 14 new Probation and Parole Officers to the Department after they took the oath of office Thursday during a swearing in ceremony at the Louisiana State Police Training Auditorium in Baton Rouge.

Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James M. Le Blanc and Probation and Parole Director Pete Fremin addressed the graduates, as well as the Honorable Leon A. Cannizzaro, Orleans Parish District Attorney, who also administered the oath of office.

"Congratulations to the newest members of our Probation and Parole team," said Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James M. 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. They are becoming officers during an historical time for the State and our Department, as Louisiana implements the recently passed criminal justice reforms."

The new officers will work in districts across Louisiana. During the ceremony, the Department recognized the efforts of a few cadets who excelled in various areas. Christopher Bertrand of Ville Platte District received the Academic Award, William Morris of Monroe District received the Top Gun award, and Syed Hassan of Thibodaux District earned the Physical Fitness award. William Morris of Monroe District was recognized as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from Academy 39. Jared Holcomb of New Orleans District received the Bill Corkern Award for always giving 100 percent.

DPS&C’s P.O.S.T. certified Probation and Parole officers supervise more than 70,000 individuals on probation and/or parole across the state, emphasizing public safety while also helping the individual access resources that will aid in his/her efforts to become a productive member of society rather than a tax burden.

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.

Congratulations to the Probation and Parole P.O.S.T Academy Class #39 and Chad Brannon from the Donaldsonville District.

Contributed by the La. Dept. of Safety and Corrections