During PPPS Week 2021, APPA acknowledges the crucial work of community corrections and supervision professionals at all levels. On behalf of the staff of APPA and its Board of Directors, thank you for your tireless efforts to assist justice-involved individuals in their quest for successful reentry. You are compassionate, dedicated, and thoughtful, both as individuals and collectively, and we celebrate your work to create positive outcomes.
We know the last year has been a challenging one. None of us could have imagined the changes that COVID-19 would bring upon our profession and the communities that we serve. However, through the darkest days, we've heard amazing stories of overcoming adversity and caring for those less fortunate. Your perseverance and compassion in the face of this danger shows how heroic probation and parole officers truly are.
From every region of the United States, the roughly 100,000 courageous men and women of probation, parole and pretrial services make an immeasurable impact on public safety for all of us. As such, it is imperative that we work together to ensure the essential work of POs is respected. For example, we must change laws, policies, and practices that affect success stories; ensure there is data that justifies and substantiates the work of POs; and publicize community corrections efforts and values.
As APPA prepares for its 46th Annual Training Institute, POs are encouraged to consider the PPPS Week theme: Restoring Trust, Creating Hope. Now more than ever, our colleagues have been charged with doing just that. We're excited to look towards the future alongside so many talented professionals! POs throughout America and across the globe, APPA appreciates your efforts, not just during PPPS Week but every day!