When I was an undergraduate at Howard University in Washington DC, my major was in Chemistry. I had aspirations to attend medical school and become a Forensic Pathologist. However, after taking elective courses in the social sciences, my interest changed when I discovered the dynamic field of criminal justice. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice and immediately began my career with the Department of the Treasury, Office of Enforcement. There I conducted research as a part of the Money Laundering Task Force which was responsible for developing policies for financial crimes such as illegal offshore accounts and terrorist financing. I left the federal system to explore employment in the private sector. I soon realized that I had always possessed a genuine interest in people and that a career in the criminal justice system was of great interest to me.
A career in criminal justice is a perfect combination of law enforcement and social work. It was important to me to work where I was needed. I began working in the Domestic Violence Unit for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in Washington, DC in 2007.
Being a Community Supervision Officer means no day is ever the same. Strong people skills and being extremely dedicated are a must. Communication skills are critical, as well as the ability to form relationships with various entities in the community. This job allows me to give back to my community in a positive and life changing way. By being a broker of services for offenders, I can assist and support them in taking the steps necessary to reintegrate back into the community. Not only are community resources important to an offender’s success, the strength of the partnership between probation officers and probationers is also essential. Everyone desires to be listened to and understood. Attentive listening allows offenders to express themselves and creates an atmosphere of interest and concern and promotes the process of change. I would encourage individuals with a desire to both work with others and make a difference to consider the field of corrections.