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32 Graduate from Parole and Probation Academy

TOWSON, MD — Thirty-two men and women graduated Wednesday from the Parole and Probation Agent Academy in Sykesville. The new agents completed their seven weeks of training with the oath of office, and will be assigned to Parole and Probation field offices in all corners of the state.

Parole and Probation supervises more than 50,000 people across Maryland, and is poised to play an even bigger role with the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Act, which will likely place many more people under criminal supervision.

The new agents heard from Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger, a veteran prosecutor who has been a key player in criminal justice circles under multiple governors since the 1990s.

Public Safety Deputy Secretary of Operations J. Michael Zeigler administered the oath of office to the new agents after Parole and Probation Director Joseph Clocker and Training Administrator Andrea King-Wessels encouraged the group.

Public Safety salutes these new agents and thanks them for entering the challenging and rewarding career that will place them as the first line of defense in the community, and the first pair of listening ears for people trying to turn their lives around.