Release - March 12, 2002
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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Holland, Director of Communications
AN IMPORTANT PROBATION OFFICER REMINDER
ON HOW TO STAY SAFE
“danger signs” and learning how to get out of a situation that spells
“T-R-O-U-B-L-E” should be tops on the list of every Massachusetts
Probation Officer, according to Dan Ryan, Chief Probation Officer
and a member of the Training Unit of the Office of Commissioner
Officers should make Defensive Disengagement Tactic Training an
annual priority, Ryan said. “For safety on the job and to stay up
to date on what is current in the field, Probation Officers should
enroll in the course once every year, since it is all based on muscle
Tactic Training is one of 10 chapters of the Safe Operations Training
curriculum and features training strategies from such sources as
The National Institute of Corrections, the Crisis Prevention Institute,
the American Red Cross, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Techniques such as Ground Defense, defending one’s self after being
knocked to the ground, and Break Falls, avoiding injury during a
fall, are among the techniques taught during the training.
Defensive Tactic Training Team includes Quincy Chief Probation Officer
Mike Walsh; Assistant Chief Probation Officer Bill Wickman and Probation
Officer Jerry Twohig, both of Framingham District Court; and Lawrence
District Assistant Chief Probation Officer Larry Murray.
is so important for officers to be alert for danger signs such as
changes in body language and voice tone,” Walsh said. “An officer
must be alert and trust his or her own instincts because a situation
can change pretty quickly.”
Wickman, “This is a worthwhile and necessary program. It continues
to evolve as we move forward.”
Tactic Training is offered four times a semester and/or eight times
a year. The next training is scheduled for April 17, at 8 p.m. The
training will take place at West Junior High School, 21 West Street,
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court and
12 Probate and 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 Massachusetts
Probation Service and Office of Community Corrections.