New York State recognizes two senior probation officers for service, dedication and professionalism
New York State recently recognized two veteran probation officers for their work supervising sex offenders and their collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the counties in which they work.
Suffolk County Senior Probation Officer Stephen Larsen and Wyoming County Senior Probation Officer John Lonsberry were honored by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives during the state Probation Officers’ Association annual conference in Syracuse last month.
DCJS Deputy Commissioner and Probation Director Robert M. Maccarone presented Larsen and Lonsberry with the 2015 Director’s Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer. The award recognizes exceptional service, dedication and professionalism demonstrated by a probation officer which has significantly contributed to the field of community corrections and strengthened its role within the criminal justice and/or juvenile justice system.
“Through hard work and collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, these honorees have demonstrated how probation officers can make a significant difference to community safety,” Director Maccarone said. “Their creativity and commitment to community supervision helps to illuminate probation’s critical role in keeping New Yorkers safe.”
Larsen was credited for his work in supervising sex offenders, his role as a forensic computer examiner and trainer and his collaboration with other law enforcement agencies. He developed a forensics lab where he conducts searches on electronic devices seized by probation officers and works closely with police to cultivate evidence. He also helped develop a policy and created a training class for probation officers on the use of social media.
Lonsberry has worked with the Wyoming County Probation Department’s intensive supervision program for 25 years. For the past decade, he has supervised sex offenders and also collaborates with police agencies assigned to the county’s Drug Task Force. His work with sex offenders on probation involves ensuring they receive treatment, as well as appropriate supervision and monitoring within the community.
Probation officers work in each of New York State’s 62 counties, supervising more than 108,000 adults and 6,000 juveniles annually. In addition to their supervisory and other responsibilities, probation officers confirm the addresses of nearly 5,000 sex offenders under supervision every quarter, and monitor 26,000 convicted drunk drivers, including those who are required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles under Leandra’s Law.
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (www.criminaljustice.ny.gov) is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including funding and oversight of probation and community correction programs; law enforcement training; collection and analysis of statewide crime data; maintenance of criminal history information and fingerprint files; administrative oversight of the states DNA databank, in partnership with the New York State Police; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry.