It is a great honor to serve as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation (DOP).
Mayor de Blasio has outlined a progressive vision for New York that includes a city with increased public safety, reduced recidivism and lower incarceration rates. I am excited to continue to lead probation in this direction. The Department of Probation is one of the strongest resources we have to rehabilitate our city’s former offenders and offer them viable opportunities for overcoming their involvement in the justice system.
We help keep New York City safe by connecting people on probation to school, work, health services, family members, and their community. We also identify and build on their strengths so they can thrive rather than just survive.
In all my years working with youth, the last three of which I spent as Deputy Commissioner for Juvenile Operations, I’ve seen, firsthand, the power that Alternative to Incarceration programs have on our city’s youth, and the difference that probation officers can make in a person’s life. Moving forward we will continue to do all we can to advance our agency’s work of “Strengthening Communities, Creating Opportunity and Changing Lives” in support of an even safer New York City.