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STATE OF NEW YORK │ DIVISION OF PAROLE
ROBERT J. DENNISON │ CHAIRMAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday November 17, 2006
Press Office:
518-486-4631
518-473-6037
http://www.parole.ny.gov

NEW PAROLE OFFICERS TO STRENGTHEN STATE RANKS

44 Parole Officer Candidate School graduates will be deployed throughout New York

New York State Board of Parole Chairman, Robert J. Dennison and New York State Division of Parole Executive Director Anthony G. Ellis II honored 44 new Parole Officers for completing the Basic School for the New York State Division of Parole during graduation exercises in Albany, New York.

With the addition of these new officers the force of the New York Division of Parole has been increased to over 1,200 sworn Peace Officers. The new Parole Officers will be assigned to Parole Field Offices and Department of Correctional Services facilities throughout New York State. The newly sworn in Parole Officers will report for field duty on November 20, 2006 and for two weeks will be evaluated under a Field Training Program supervised by Senior Parole Officers.

"Today the 44 newest Parole Officers have sworn to protect the lives of all New Yorkers," Chairman Dennison said. "Each of you has answered a calling to serve and protect your fellow citizens and to uphold the highest ideals of law enforcement and public service.”

Executive Director Ellis said, "We welcome these new Parole Officers to our ranks. They will now play an essential role in New York State's safety and security. Not only will they assist in the traditional responsibilities of crime fighting and post release supervision, their daily interaction with the public will be integral in New York State’s continued reduction in crime and help make it the safest state in America."

"Crime has steadily dropped in New York State for more than a decade, and thanks to the efforts of our brave and dedicated Parole Officers, New York State is the safest large state in the nation," said New York State Director of Criminal Justice Chauncey G. Parker. "We have accomplished this historic reduction in crime because of Governor Pataki's common sense crime-fighting legislation and the hard work of our law enforcement officials. I am confident that these new graduates will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our goal of making New York the safest state in the nation."

The intensive eight week training program took place at the Senator Hugh T. Farley Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Schenectady, New York. The new Parole Officers received training in offender supervision and criminal justice best practices at the state-of-the-art police-training facility.

Parole Officer Rebecca Hotaling of Albany County New York, was honored as the recipient of the Leroy Drake Memorial Award. The Leroy Drake Award is presented to the graduating recruit who excelled academically at the Parole Officer Candidate School.

Leroy Drake was a Parole Officer for 13 years. He exemplified the highest standards of demeanor and personal conduct, both on and off the job.

Parole Officer Scott Harmon of Erie County, New York was honored as the recipient of the Eric Jaworski Memorial Award. This award is presented in Eric Jaworski’s honor to the graduating recruit who exhibits the highest degree of firearm proficiency.

Eric Jaworski was a Parole Officer who worked for the Division for four years. He was an outstanding worker who always gave an extraordinary degree of effort on the job. Eric Jaworski died in April of 1991 after a courageous bout with cancer.

Parole Officer Mark Schueler of Niagara County, New York was selected by his fellow graduates as this year’s class representative.

Below is a list of all graduates and their county of residence.

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Graduates

NAME COUNTY

Baake, Gina

Erie
Brown, Stanley Kings
Clark, Keith Monroe
Clements, Heather Niagara

Colaprete, Pamela

Monroe

Courtwright, Seanean

Seneca

Delaney, Maryann

Jefferson

Diamond, Raymond

Monroe

Donlon, Sarah

Albany

Felko, Stephanie

Chemung

Fisher, Laurie

Franklin

Gabel, Deborah

Montgomery

Garcia, Jose

Onondaga

Gillis, Timothy II

Erie

Golembeski, Edward

Cayuga

Grab, Arnold

Delaware

Harmon, Scott

Erie

Hock, Jerrold

Erie

Hotaling, Bryan

Onondaga

Hotaling, Rebecca

Albany

Kalencki, Matthew

Saratoga

Lane, Robin

Jefferson

McDonnell, Kathleen

Orleans

Mendel, Amy

Orange

Norton, Gina

Saratoga

Palmer, Ken

Cayuga

Perez, Farconeris

New York

Pezdek, Nick

Oneida

Pierce, Nicholas

Suffolk

Prawel, Tina

Orleans

Premo, Jess

Saratoga

Pritchett, Gina

Monroe

Reed, Brian

Onondaga

Saban, Marc

Cayuga

Scarupa, Cathy

Niagara

Schueler, Mark

Niagara

Serrano, Zaira

Queens

Smith, Jillian

Kings

Staszak, Scott

Schenectady

Storey, Kimberly

Oneida

Tabone, Sharon

Saratoga

Trubridge, McKenzie

Albany

Wisniewski, David

Erie
Woolson, Jeffrey Oswego