DPP Field Office Spotlight: Cambridge
TOWSON, MD — Nestled at the base of the Cambridge Harbor — the picturesque town so many beachgoers bypass in their hurry — is a treasure trove of history, shops, restaurants, and marine activity.
Here, eight hardworking Division of Parole and Probation stalwarts contribute mightily to public safety in the waterfront town and the largely rural county in which it lies.
“The City of Cambridge still bears the scars of its tumultuous past,” says Field Supervisor Corey Pack, “Yet under the leadership of Mayor Stanley and the City Council, great strides have been made to create a place that is safe to live and work in.”
The Cambridge Parole and Probation Field Office is made up of seven agents who oversee more than 700 active cases, from remote Hooper Island in the south to the city of Hurlock in northern Dorchester County. The agents supervise people convicted of sexual and domestic violence; those who were sentenced in drug court or of drinking and driving; and of course general supervision offenders.
The agents work very closely with the local health department to help addicted offenders to recover and reclaim their lives. Senior Agent Teresa Neal also participates as a member of the Safe Streets team, highlighting those offenders needing more attention in the community.
Agent Lucas Hanson goes inside the Division of Correction’s Eastern Pre-Release Unit (EPRU) in Church Hill to conduct re-entry workshops with inmates to prepare them for a successful transition back into society.
Senior Agent Candace Matthews has partnered with the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office for the annual Victims of Crime Awareness Campaign. Senior Agent Meredith Hanson has been attending the quarterly Sexual Assault Response Team meetings, a collaborative approach to assessing alleged sexual offenders prior to their adjudication, as well as addressing the needs of the victim.
The Cambridge office is a close-knit unit, coming together for annual holiday luncheons and birthday parties, and the FSI- home-cooked breakfasts are always a treat.
Next time you cross that long Senator Malkus Bridge over the wide Choptank heading east, glance to the right and think a kind thought for the under-the-radar warriors in the Cambridge DPP Field Office.