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|September 7, 2006
||Coria Holland, Director of Communications
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COUNTY JUVENILE PROBATION OFFICER
MAKES IMPACT ON STREETS
Suffolk County Juvenile Court Probation Officer
Kevin McClerklin recently assisted Boston Police with the removal
of a firearm and a large quantity of drugs off the streets.
McClerklin, a seven-year probation officer at Suffolk
Juvenile Court and member of the Operation Impact team, discovered
the drugs, marijuana packaged for sale, and weapons, a loaded
black handgun and ammunition, during a routine home visit to
a probationer's home. The offender, considered a "high-impact" or
gang-affiliated youth, was arrested. He was later surrendered
in Suffolk Juvenile Court and held without bail due to probable
cause. The offender was found to have violated his probation.
Assistant Chief Probation Officer John Turner,
McClerklin's supervisor, lauded the probation officer.
"This arrest is yet another example of the
significance of the partnership between the Massachusetts Probation
Service and the Boston Police Department," Turner said. "I
have been P.O. McClerklin's supervisor for the past 14
months. During this time, he has demonstrated a hard work ethic
by undertaking added responsibilities by working on successful
programs such as Nitelite and Operation Impact."
McClerklin said of his discovery and brush with
danger, "No home visit is routine when dealing with violent
offenders that have serious prison sentences hanging over their
heads or who may suffer with severe mental illness. This whole
situation could have been very different due to the violent nature
of this defendant."