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Lake County to observe Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week beginning July 15

RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2007

TAVARES — During the week of July 15, the Lake County Department of Community Services, Probation & Court Services Division, will join other agencies across the nation in recognizing the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals do for public safety.

Lake County probation officers supervise about 1,200 active cases each month, including offenders on misdemeanor probation, house arrest and pre-trial diversion. Officers make more than 10,000 face-to-face contacts with about 2,300 probationers each year. The division helps to offset its operating costs by collecting revenue from offenders for the Lake County general fund. This includes nearly $44,000 in monthly supervision fees and $5,800 in monthly restitution paid to crime victims to help compensate for their losses. In addition, officers enforce the completion of about 1,000 hours of community service per month to ensure offenders help restore the communities they offended.

"The work these officers do often goes unnoticed, yet they perform a vital role in helping to ensure community safety," said Tony Deaton, Director of the Probation & Court Services Division.

Since 1841, the practice of probation and parole has played a vital role in the justice system. These professionals are a critical part of the public safety system as they exhibit care and concern for victims of crime and the affected communities, while at the same time holding offenders accountable. They are problem solvers, crime prevention specialists, motivators, educators, facilitators and often times they are the only support system an offender may have.

Lake County residents are encouraged to remember those who work to make the County's communities a safer place to live during Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week. For more information about Probation, Parole & Community Supervision Week, call Tony Deaton, at (354) 742-6565, or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: probation.

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