COUNTY PROBATION OFFICERS ARE HONORED
BY U.S. ATTORNEY SULLIVAN
Suffolk County Probation Officers were recognized by U.S. Attorney Michael
Sullivan recently at a special ceremony and reception held at the John
Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse.
Officers John Turner and Tim Norris of Boston Municipal Court; Michael
Branch, Jason Wirth and Trina Higgins of Dorchester District; Leah Lantini,
Shelia Jackson, and Richard Gorman of Roxbury District; Bill Mitchell
of Suffolk Superior; and Brad McNichols and Logan Ritchie of West Roxbury
District were all lauded for their work with Operation Nightlight, Operation
Impact, and the Youth Violence Strike Force as well as their contributions
to reducing gun violence in the city. Operation Impact and the Youth
Violence Strike Force are programs that evolved from Operation Nightlight.
Operation Nightlight, the brainchild of former Dorchester District Court
Probation Officers William Stewart and Richard Skinner, is a probation/police
partnership which pairs Probation Officers and police when they go out
on unannounced home and community visits to monitor high-risk offenders
during evening hours.
Probation Officers, who represented the Massachusetts Probation Service,
were among a group of Boston law enforcement officials and members of
the Ten Point Coalition who were recognized for their dogged efforts
to make communities safe.
Attorney Sullivan presented a Department of Justice Award to the group.
Boston’s efforts were highlighted by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
as an “outstanding national model.”
Probation Officers are important foot soldiers in the fight against
crime and violence in the community. I am proud of their work and dedication.
They are truly deserving of recognition,” said Commissioner John J.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court and 12 Probate
& Family Court probation offices throughout the Commonwealth. Probation’s
Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions which represent every county
in the state. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP) serves
as the central administrative office for the state Probation Service
and the Office of Community Corrections which operates 22 Community
Corrections Centers throughout the state.