In 1998, a former APPA employee suggested that APPA begin a national project to celebrate those who work in the Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision professions. APPA agreed and started asking governors from all 50 states to sign proclamations each year celebrating PPPS Week. In 1999, Governor Bill Owens of Colorado, made one of the very first proclamations declaring one week in July of each year as PPPS Week. Since then APPA has continued reaching out to each state’s governors for their yearly proclamations and we have begun celebrating with our PPPS families by hosting contests, member recognition and by visiting many PPPS offices to show APPA’s appreciation of the hard work done daily by PPPS employees.
Very difficult jobs and the people who do them well should be recognized. This area offers ideas on how to celebrate the hard work done in community corrections each day. Most of these ideas are low-cost and very easy to carry out, so try a few this year!
Recognition can increase employee retention and morale. Here are some ideas to consider.
Imagine how your office would work if there were no assistants to answer phones, sort mail, file, order office supplies, fix your computer when you break it, help find a lost file, assist when you can't get online, or unjam the copier. Probation and parole agencies get through each day with help from office staff and many times volunteers who give their time to enable officers and agents to have more time in the field.
Here are a few ideas on how to thank these important individuals:
And… don’t forget to have new posters printed for this year’s Week! Post them in your office, at the Courthouse, or the District Attorney’s office and ask for permission to post them in the windows of local merchants who greatly benefit from the work of community corrections professionals and the actions they take to keep the neighborhood safe.