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County probation officer receives state award

HONOR: Miami County Probation Officer Lindsay Long was recently awarded with the 2019 Line Probation Officer of the Year Award.

STAFF REPORT

Miami County Probation Officer Lindsay Long was recently awarded with the 2019 Line Probation Officer of the Year Award during the annual meeting of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana.

“The Line Probation Officer of the Year Award was established to recognize line probation officers who have performed their duties in an outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to the field of probation at the local, regional or national level,” said a news release, from Miami County Chief Probation Officer Susan Rice, announcing the award.

The recipient may also have “brought credit or honor” to their profession participation or involvement in community activities or programs. This recognition is awarded to probation officers who are involved in the direct supervision of criminal defendants or juvenile offenders or job duties such as conducting presentence investigations, preliminary inquiries and predispositional investigations.

Long has been a probation officer in Miami County since September 2009.

In the release, Rice that “when needed, Lindsay is always willing to step up and go the extra mile. She quietly volunteers to help out when the department is short staffed and takes on additional duties without being asked.”

Judge Daniel C. Banina of the Miami Superior Court II said in the release that Long “is extremely mindful of her responsibilities and frequently goes beyond expectations.

“In dealing with her clients, she provides a good balance between aspects of rehabilitation and accountability,” he said. “She is the kind of employee that needs little guidance and can be counted on to get her job done. She is a credit to her profession.”

Rice said Long’s “significant contribution to probation comes as a result of her unique ability to provide the kind of supervision her clients need in order to help them realize success.

She makes a difference by truly caring about what happens to her clients,” Rice said.