For Immediate Release - July 02, 2013

Dianne Fasano Is Named Deputy Commissioner of Probation

Probation Commissioner Edward J. Dolan has named Dianne Fasano Deputy Commissioner in the Field Services Division in the Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP).

As the Deputy Commissioner, Fasano will manage field services operations for local probation offices across the state. In this role, Fasano will assist the Probation Commissioner with developing and establishing policy and procedures; revising standards of practice governing the professional responsibilities for all Probation Staff; and overseeing Probation Officer performance audits. Strategic planning, policy development for field services and addressing the overall needs of local Probation divisions are also among Fasano’s duties.

A 20-year Probation employee, she began her career in the Massachusetts Probation Service as a Research Analyst at OCP in 1993. She became a Probation Officer at Ayer District Court the following year. In 2000, Fasano was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief Probation Officer at Leominster District Court. Four years later, she was named Chief Probation Officer at the Court. In 2006, Fasano returned to OCP as a Regional Supervisor for Worcester County.

“Ms. Fasano is a great example of the talent we have in the Massachusetts Probation Service. The Deputy Commissioner of Field Services plays a vital role in Probation operations which has an important impact on public safety in communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Probation Commissioner Dolan.

“I am both honored and excited to take on this new role in our agency. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to further enhance Probation and its operations,” Fasano commented.

Fasano orchestrated the training of more than 750 Probation employees in a newly-implemented behavior and risk assessment tool for probationers, the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS).

Probation Officers in the District, Boston Municipal, and Superior courts across the state use ORAS to determine the appropriate level of supervision needed for offenders. The five levels, based on an offender’s rehabilitative needs and risk to the community, are very high, high, moderate, low/moderate, or low. This new tool assesses potential barriers to substance abuse treatment and assists in efficient allocation of supervision and treatment resources. The ORAS tool focuses on why the crime was committed. It will assist the Court in getting to know and understand the clients. It also helps the clients identify those aspects of their life that they want to work on.

Fasano holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell which she earned in 1990 and 1991 respectively.