DPP Field Office Spotlight: Severn
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DPP Field Office Spotlight: Severn

TOWSON, MD — Located in an old,  refurbished brick building by the train tracks in Southwest Baltimore, just blocks from the Horseshoe Casino to the east and Carroll Park and Pigtown to the west, the Severn Street Field Office features caring people who do lots of community outreach.

The busy office has 25 agents, a clerical unit of four, and five field supervisors. There’s a mental health unit and high-supervision unit, as well as a drug testing lab. Eleven agents do some reporting out of the Southern and Southwestern City Police precincts.

“I appreciate the diligence and dedication demonstrated by each person from the Severn Office,” says veteran Field Supervisor II Blanche Chenault. “While we have challenges, we also have demonstrated throughout the past three years many accomplishments that have caused this office to excel and move forward.”

Severn Street is legendary for community outreach. From back-to- school supply drives to mentoring programs and holiday food baskets, Severn Street’s dedicated employees find the time to leave their caseloads long enough to help the often very needy communities in which their supervisees live.

And the office is bullish when it comes to building smoother paths to re-entry. Blanche Chenault herself has for years organized large resource fairs that help connect hundreds of parolees and probationers and their families with desperately needed services.

“I am thankful and grateful,” says Ms. Chenault, “to have a team that strives for excellence.”

The DPP building itself is part of Gaslight Square, a five-building complex whe re gas was made from coal along the old B and O Railroad mainline. In fact, Baltimore lays claim to America’s first gas company, which was founded in 1816 and used natural gas to light city streets—another first for an American city.

Developers refurbished the area a few years ago, complete with a neon sign.

Public Safety salutes the positive attitude and dedication of the employees in the Severn Street Parole and Probation Field Office.