Area elected officials, judges, district attorneys, law enforcement representatives, community partners and providers, and other stakeholders joined the state Office of Juvenile Justice’s Baton Rouge staff this week to recognize the contributions of probation and parole officers to public safety and the wellbeing of at-risk youth and their families.

The event was held in observance of the American Probation and Parole Association’s Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week. The program was conducted at the Baton Rouge regional office Monday.

The event is a time to recognize the individuals in the community who work to make neighborhoods safer by assisting juvenile offenders in becoming productive citizens.

“OJJ’s probation and parole officers provide vital services to Louisiana’s youth, family and to our citizens,” said Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary L. Livers.