FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - 16 new parole officers swore their oaths to the state in front of Vice Chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, Albert Murray.
This group marks the 54th Basic Parole Officer Training class.
Murray encouraged the group to remember their commitment to one another through their training, and to the people they are sworn to help.
Of the 16 officers, one is staying in the middle Georgia region. Luis Alejo will work in Macon. He says he is striving to make a difference in people's lives through law enforcement.
"Instead of just incarcerating people...possibly rehabilitating them and helping them transition to become more successful citizens of every day life," Alejo says.
The group went through a nine week training period to earn their badges.