New state agency graduates 24 officers

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A newly-formed Georgia agency held its first graduation ceremony.

“I wanna make a difference in my community as an officer,” Bradley Schriver said.

Schriver is the class president for the first graduation class of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision.

On July 1, the agency was created to supervise approximately 180,000 adult and juvenile felony offenders still on probation.

“I think what I can do is effect them to the point where I can be a positive role model and give them the guidance they need to become productive citizens,” explained Bradley.

The department’s commissioner Michael Nail gave the oath of office to the 24 graduates.

“I think this is a new day for Georgia,” says Nail. “I’m looking forward to looking three years from now and seeing successful outcomes.”

Nail oversees more than 2,200 people of the agency, which combined the Department of Corrections with the State Board of Pardons and Parole.

“In essence it was design to streamline activities with supervision in the community to help it to be more effective more efficient while saving tax payers dollars,” he added.

Nail explained one in three Georgia inmates will return to prison. One of his department’s goals is to stop repeat offenders.

“I think at the end of the day what this is all about is managing offenders and giving them the opportunity to change,” continued Nail. “But more importantly facilitating that change.”

The graduates endured eight weeks of basic probation and parole officer training and they received a Peace Officer’s Standard Training Certificate (POST). Graduate Tameka Nelson believes she learned valuable lessons she plans to use in the field.

“Dealing with people that’s what I’m going to take with me,” said Nelson. “Learning how to be a professional, acting with integrity.”

All of the community supervision officers are scheduled to report to their respective offices on Monday.

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