I have been a Community Supervision Officer in the Traffic and Alcohol Program (TAP) for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) for five years.
After graduating from the University of Maryland, I applied for a position at CSOSA, a unique and newly created federal agency for the District of Columbia. I was seeking a position that would allow me to serve the community that I was from, yet not in the capacity of a police officer. Probation offered me a great alternative and allowed me the opportunity to give back to the community. I believe that I am highly motivated, possess a strong work ethic, and am goal orientated. These assets have helped me to succeed in my chosen career as a Community Supervision Officer.
I believe an officer’s understanding of the offender within the context of his or her family and community is critical in supporting the offender to develop and maintain a pro-social life style. In addition, effectively communicating with honesty and respect establishes trust and allows me to positively influence on offenders choices.
Recognizing that everyone is different and that communication can facilitate an offender’s success is imperative in this very rewarding career!