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National Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week July 17-23, 2011
Director's Office Proclamation
 
Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed July 17 - 23 to be Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week in Oregon, in recognition of the essential role parole and probation officers play in protecting public safety. This week is a time to pause and thank each and every parole and probation officer for the work you do and to reflect on the many contributions you make.
 
Nearly one in 45 adults in the United States are under probation or parole supervision, or serving some other sentence in the community. You work with these individuals, some of whom may be dangerous. You interact with many people, such as family members and friends of your clients, who may be angry, upset, or difficult to work with. You may be assigned to fieldwork in high-crime areas or in institutions where there is a risk of violence or communicable disease. You are required to meet many court-imposed deadlines, which contribute to heavy workloads. Extensive travel and fieldwork may be required when meeting with offenders.
 
You are problem solvers, crime prevention specialists, motivators, educators, facilitators and often times the only support system an offender may have.  Each day you support offenders in their efforts towards rebuilding and reshaping their lives. You assist them with resources that help them make better choices and become more productive, and each one of you brings your own special talents when working with offenders. You are the key to the successful transition of offenders from prison to the community. You are dedicated, hard-working individuals who are truly concerned about improving our communities and ensuring the highest level of public safety. 

 Your profession continues to maintain the highest standards and idealism while maintaining compassionate public service by respecting the dignity, cultural diversity and human rights of all persons. The challenges you face are vast, yet you continue to meet these challenges with professionalism and hopefulness to make a difference in the people’s lives, a difference in the safety of your communities, and a difference in Oregon. 
 
We want to thank you for the work that you do, the risks you take, and for the professionalism you display and uphold. Your work is diverse and rewarding; challenging and growth-producing, and the manner in which you meet your every day challenges is remarkable. 
 
On behalf of the Oregon Department of Corrections, it is our great honor to acknowledge Oregon’s parole and probation officers for your dedication, devotion, and hard work. 

 
Max Williams, Director                                  Mitch Morrow, Deputy Director
Oregon Department of Corrections                Oregon Department of Corrections                         
 
 
Governor Kitzhaber's Proclamation