PA State Parole Graduates Nine New Agents

(WBRE/WYOU) The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole celebrated the graduation of nine men and women from the 129th Basic Training Academy (BTA) of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

They were assigned to various areas throughout the state.

The ceremony took place at the Department of Corrections Training Academy in Elizabethtown

“These new graduates have proven themselves ready to meet the challenges of today and are prepared to tackle the ever-changing challenges of the future,” said Parole Board Member Mark Koch.

 
When introduced in 1978, the agent training program was a basic skills course that lasted five days. Now, the training has evolved into a multi-faceted curriculum reflecting the unique nature of agents as part law enforcement officer, part counselor, part social worker, and part job counselor.

 
The board recognized Agent Steve Todd as valedictorian with the score of 97.25 percent.

 Brandon Martinez, a parole agent with field supervision of parolees in the Pittsburgh district, earned the marksmanship award. Martinez was reassigned after the closure of SCI Pittsburgh.

 
PBPP Board Member Mark Koch was the keynote speaker. 

In addition, Greg Young, Director, Bureau of Training; Luis Rosa, Director of the Office of Reentry and Quality Assurance; and Christian Stephens, Director, Office of Field Probation and Parole Supervision, addressed the graduates.

 
Graduates and their new duty stations are listed below.  They will report to their assignments on June 26.

 

·         Sharon Cipriani - SCI Greene

·         Brian Cuffaro - York Sub Office

·         Kevin Hinton - Philadelphia South Sub Office

·         Edward Jones - Philadelphia Northwest Sub Office

·         Luke Knox - Harrisburg District Office

·         John Kranz - York Sub Office

·         Yvette Sanchez - Harrisburg District Office

·         John Smyser - Lancaster Sub Office

·         Steve Todd - Harrisburg District Office

 

In addition, Regional Director Louis Narvaez, Eastern Regional Office and Executive Assistant to the Chairman William Otis, Central Office, Harrisburg, also participated in several of the eight-week training sessions and graduated as honorary members of the class.

 


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