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Del. 8th graders learn about probation and parole jobs

Two Delaware Department of Corrections and Parole Officers visited the students to explain training requirements and career opportunities


Two probations and parole officers give a career presentation to middle school students.

Georgetown Middle School

By Greg Friese
Corrections1 Staff

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Two Delaware Department of Corrections and Parole Officers, Matticks and Timmons, visited Georgetown Middle School to talk to students about a career in probation and parole.

The students in the Project Lead the Way class, part of the career and technical education program, learned that a career in probation parole involves the following training:

  • Bachelor’s degree, 60 credit hours of college, military service, or other work experience
  • 13 weeks in a Department of Corrections and Parole academy (Monday-Friday; no overnights)
  • 6 weeks in the field with a training officer

The students also learned that probation and parole officers need to have people skills, counsel others, apply de-escalation tactics and knowledge of criminal law.

Matticks and Timmons gave students a hands-on learning opportunity by passing around an ankle monitor, while also explaining breathalyzers and home monitoring systems.


The officers described the training required to work in probation and parole to students.

Georgetown Middle School

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