On July 10th, 2012, Ken Brown, Chair of Olmsted County Board of Commissioners proclaimed July 15th-21st as Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week. This is a week where these individuals should be commended on their brave commitment to ensuring community safety. Mr. Brown stated, “I encourage all citizens to honor these Community Corrections professionals and to recognize their achievements.”
Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections agents are trained professionals who supervise adult and juvenile offenders by upholding the law while providing public safety. Corrections professionals of DFO Community Corrections advocate public safety and restorative justice by utilizing Evidenced Based Practices.
In 2011, DFO Community Corrections served 4,542 adult probationers and 1,122 juvenile probationers. The recidivism rates for 2011 were well above the statewide average as 94% of adult probationers remained free of felony convictions after supervision compared to 85% statewide. DFO Community Corrections partners with criminal justice professionals, victim services, medical, and social services to prevent violence and ensure a victim centered response to crime.
As one of the most important jobs in reducing criminal activity, Community Corrections professionals often go unnoticed for the tremendous amount of work they put forth. It takes a special person to be a problem solver, motivator, educator, facilitator, crime prevention specialist, and many times the only support system available to offenders.
DFO Community Corrections Mission: “To promote safety, justice and restoration through service to the community.”