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Drug Abuse Recognition for Probation and Parole Officers

The majority of individuals in the nation’s criminal justice system have substance abuse issues. Suffice it to say, knowledge of drugs and their effects is very important to anyone working in the criminal justice system, especially those working in probation or parole.

To help officers determine if someone is under the influence of drugs, a group of officers in California developed a program called the drug abuse recognition (DAR) course. The DAR program was developed to help identify individuals currently under the influence of drugs, which makes it ideal for use by probation and parole officers, correctional officers, private industry, and school officials. AMU criminal justice student Keith Graves writes about the benefits of this unique program.

Tennessee Joins Growing Number of States Arming Probation and Parole Officers

By Leischen Stelter

The Tennessee Department of Correction recently announced that its probation and parole officers would soon be carrying guns. Beginning in July, Tennessee officers will undergo training to carry 40-caliber Glocks, with all officers armed by 2018. 

Equipping probation and parole officers with firearms is becoming an increasingly common practice and many states arm these officers as a matter of officer safety.