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|July 8 , 2004
||Coria Holland, Director of Communications
||617-727-5335, ext. 258
PROBATION DEPARTMENT DEVISES NEW TRACKING SYSTEM TO AID
The Gardner District Court
Probation Department has created a new system
to inform local police districts of probationers in the
community and to help the police keep tabs on the activities
and whereabouts of the 250 offenders under supervision
in the court's jurisdiction.
Gardner District Court
Chief Probation Officer Henry Culver said this collaborative
effort with local law enforcement will help enhance public
safety in the area.
Each of the four police
departments in Gardner, Hubbardston, Petersham and Westminster
as well as the State Police, based in Athol, will all receive
an activity log which lists the name of the probationer,
identifying information (such as height, weight, and physical
characteristics), offenders' conditions of probation, name
of the probation officer supervising the case, and a copy
of the Massachusetts Probation Service's Warrant Protocol.
The Warrant Protocol is a written procedure on how a probation
warrant is issued.
"We are excited about this
new initiative. We think it will make a big difference
in tracking criminal behavior and activity in the area," said
A Gardner District Court
Probation Officer has been assigned to update and distribute
the log on a monthly basis.
The Massachusetts Probation
Service is a department of the Massachusetts Trial Court.
There are 12 Superior Court, 63 District Court, eight
Boston Municipal Court, and 12 Probate and Family Court
probation departments throughout the Commonwealth. Probation's
Juvenile Court System includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. There are 21 Community Corrections
Centers throughout the state.