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Congratulations to the County Probation Officer (CPO) Delivery System for celebrating its
100th year anniversary!
CPO was initially juvenile focused,
with adult coming in 1971.
Brenda Simonson, Itasca County
Pictured above is Brenda and several coworkers who were able to congratulate her on this well-deserving award.
Below are all the pictures submitted for the Fall 2019 MACPOST Newsletter. Thank you to all who submitted pictures!
MACPO and American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Partnership
The APPA Leadership Institute provides community corrections professionals with a fundamental understanding of leadership within the community corrections area. This course serves those from all different backgrounds and cultures. For more information on what this course has to offer, as well as other information about APPA please visit their website at
This is the mantra of the high school football team that I
coach. #1TEAM1FIGHT! The mantra motivates and inspires us to work
together, to forget about who gets the credit, and if we can do that, good
things will come.
We come together through various correctional organizations
or committees throughout the state. Afterwards,
discussions centered over funding steams and delivery systems continue. Agents continue to work together in harmony,
yet us leaders sometimes become divisive.
I’ve said this before: safety and
training should never be political. Nor
should our supervision of clients.
Our communities and our clients do not care if you are a
CCA, CPO, DOC or a DOC Contract agent.
They “only care that you care”, which is another lesson I’ve learned
along the way as a football coach.
Let’s get back to the table and discuss our
differences. No agenda, just
professionals in a room coming together for the good of corrections. Start to trust one another. Learn that it is o.k. to choose your system
of delivery, and to do so without complaint from others.
Be professional. Be
proactive. Be a TEAMMATE! Be willing to be a part of the solution, not
part of the problem. As your MACPO
President, I am willing to do whatever possible to build bridges with other
agencies, organizations, and delivery systems.
If we all strive to be better, we’ll do better. And if we do better, we’ll truly become
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