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How a probation and parole officer should supervise sex offenders

Probation and parole officers must balance the needs of sex offenders with community safety

Most probation and parole officers do not enter the profession thinking they are going to supervise sex offenders. However, at some point in their career, their caseload will probably include a sex offender.

Supervising sex offenders can be more challenging and difficult than other cases due to additional rules, restrictions and laws sex offenders have to abide by, along with the treatment programs they have to participate in to be successful during their time on supervision.

click here to the full article at CorrectionsOne.com

U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl

U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl

Friday, September 22, 2017, marks the thirty-first anniversary of Thomas Gahl's line-of-duty death in the in the Southern District of Indiana.  His sacrifice serves as a constant reminder how the routine functions of our position carry the potential for danger.  Every day, across the system, federal probation and pretrial services officers carry out similar activities.    Please take a moment to review the article previously posted in News & Views.

News & Views - October 26, 2015

U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl (Indiana Southern) Tom Gahl was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, on December 14, 1947. He became a United States probation officer on March 14, 1975. 


Hurricane Harvey Support (FPPOA)

FPPOA has received several inquiries from its members asking how they could help those effected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We have recently been in touch with Chief Shane Ferguson, Eastern District of Texas, who has sent out the below email and link. If you would like to assist, this below link will help those officers and staff directly effected by the hurricane. We at FPPOA send our thoughts and prayers to those in Texas, as well as those in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Florida, and the southeast coast who are potentially facing a long weekend as well.

"I appreciate the many kind words and offers of assistance you have made. Many have asked how you can be of help; therefore, I am sending this out to you to do with whatever you deem appropriate. We have set up a Go Fund Me account to assist those that may need financial assistance. There will be some significant needs - for example, one officer whose house had up to seven feet of water had no flood insurance (he was not in the 100 year flood plan). The funds will be dispersed proportionately to those who need it. 

Obviously, this is a voluntary campaign and I am trying to be very careful to ensure that I am not soliciting money, rather I am just providing a way for people to help. If you feel comfortable in sharing with your staff, please do. If you do not, I understand that too.  Again, thanks for all your kind words and offers of help." 



Officer Safety - Fentanyl Exposure


For the second time in three days, law enforcement officers in Cincinnati had to be rushed to the hospital.

On Friday, two Hamilton County probation officers came into contact with what's believed to be the powerful opiate fentanyl.

As a result, a county government building at 800 Broadway became a kind of bio-hazard site for about an hour.

Click for the full article and news report.

Turning Leaf Project Provides T-Shirts for Upcoming NTI

At the upcoming NTI in Championsgate, Florida, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase t-shirts containing the FPPOA logo. These shirts were printed by Turning Leaf of Charleston, South Carolina. Turning Leave serves men who have been assessed at a medium to high risk of incarceration to change their attitudes, thinking and behavior so they can adapt successfully to community based living without re-offending. Turning Leaf runs an in-house screen print business, which teaches a trade to men recently released from prison, and is a training ground to prepare them for job placement in the community. FPPOA has partnered with Turning Leaf on these t-shirts, in order to support their mission and goals.

Learn More at TurningLeaf.org

FPPOA Enters into Academic Partnership with Marist College

Great new benefit announced for FPPOA members! FPPOA has partnered with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York who offers a Master Degree in Public Administration. As you will see by the attached document and link, this program has been utilized by many law enforcement agencies and many U.S. Probation Officers in the northeast. However, you do not have to live near the college to take advantage of this opportunity, as the program is online, in person, or a hybrid of both. If you’ve always had the interest in pursuing your Master’s Degree, check out this program.

From Marist: As a way of saying “thank you” to the many FPPOA officers all across the country, FPPOA has entered into an academic partnership with Marist College. Marist is a highly rated private liberal arts college offering special tuition pricing for all association members and their immediate adult family on select graduate and adult undergraduate programs, many of which are available 100% online.

Partnership Benefits

  • Association member save over $17,000 on the NASPAA accredited Masters in Public Administration degree. In addition, members and their immediate adult family will receive a 25% tuition discount on all other eligible graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs. For a complete list of eligible programs and discounted pricing, visit the eligible programs and pricing page at marist.edu/admission/graduate/eligible-programs.
  • We offer options for full-time and part-time master’s and bachelor’s degree programs offered 100% online, in-class, or a combination of both.
  • Enjoy state of the art classrooms for our bachelor’s and master’s programs offered on our main campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. We also offer a classroom-based MPA option at our satellite locations in Queens and Albany, NY.

Qualifying students must be 22 or older upon admission and applying through graduate admission or adult undergraduate admission.

Additional information about Marist, the partnership, and our programs can be found on the FPPOA discounts and benefits page (FPPOA membership and login required).


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