July 16, 2015
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Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections today highlights Correctional Probation Senior Officer Tyrone Francis and Correctional Probation Officer Susan Kowalski during Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. These officers recently received distinguishing awards for their exemplary work.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Correctional Probation Senior Officer Tyrone Francis and Correctional Probation Officer Susan Kowalski are true representatives of the thousands of exceptional employees in our Department that do incredible work each and every day. I commend Senior Officer Francis and Officer Kowalski for their outstanding service and commitment to the safety of our communities and rehabilitation of Florida’s offenders.”
The Southern States Correctional Association selected Correctional Probation Senior Officer Tyrone Francis as the 2015 Probation/Parole Officer of the Year. Officer Francis is a member of two task forces that support local and federal law enforcement agencies. He has completed hundreds of successful residential searches, many of which have resulted in multiple arrests and confiscation of weapons and narcotics. Officer Francis will be recognized at the organization’s annual summer training conference on July 25-29.
The Florida Association of Community Corrections selected Correctional Probation Officer Susan Kowalski as the 2015 Line Officer of the Year during an organizational training event on July 1. Throughout her 25-year tenure in the community corrections field, Officer Kowalski has initiated rehabilitative programs that help offenders successfully transition into their communities, implemented an in-office GED class, arranged for job resources to bring their mobile units to the probation office on a weekly basis and participated in re-entry fairs. Officer Kowlaski has proven instrumental in developing community relationships that support the Department’s rehabilitative efforts.
For more information regarding the Department’s Office of Community Corrections, please visit http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ccor.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.