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New CJA Class Graduates

New CJA Class Graduates - September 19, 2014

Participating in Criminal Justice Agency graduation exercises Sept. 19 were: Brooke Jenkins – Greenville; Karen Raymond – Spartanburg; Burton Marlow – Horry

New Agent Basic Class Graduates

New Agent Class September 5, 2014

PPP sent a new class of Agent Basic graduates off to the Criminal Justice Academy Sept. 5. They are (in alphabetical order) : Levert Andrews – Sumter; Grayson Broske – Aiken; Jeremy Brown – Greenville; Adolfo Cofino – Charleston; Abbey Doyle – Lexington; Stephen Gregory – Orangeburg; Jolene Hiller – Horry; George Jimenez – Richland; Jeffrey Martin – Pickens; Stephen Satterfield – Dorchester; Nhan Vu – Lancaster; Andrea Wahlgren – Pickens; Tenecka Young – Aiken.


New CJA Class Graduates

Criminal Justice Academy Class 620 August 29, 2014

Class 620 of the Criminal Justice Academy graduated Friday, Aug. 29 with six new PPP Agents. They are: Stephen Donohue - Greenville; Travis Youngblood - Horry; Laurenn Chambers - Cherokee; Tempestt Hough - Beaufort; Melanie Dunham - Charleston; Darryl Green - Berkeley.

Agent Job Fair Scores Big

Natarsha Adams talks with Job Fair Attendee

Natarsha Adams, Coordinator of Recruitment and Volunteer Services, talks with a potential Agent recruit during a recent Job Fair held by SCDPPPS. A total of 100 interested persons came by the fair to learn of job possibilities at the agency.

New Agent in Greenville

New Agent Basic Class Graduate

Kristin T. Massetti is headed to Greenville County as a new Agent after graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy Aug. 8 and receiving her badge. She is with Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton (left) and Greenville Agent in Charge Greg Stewart.

JULY 2014

Florence WBTW: "South Carolina's recidivism rate drops, prison closes"

JUNE 2014


Job Fair at the Columbia Center

More than 800 people attended a job fair for ex-offenders sponsored by the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Friday. The job fair was held at the Columbia Reentry Center, which provides employment and life skills training and information on access to governmental and non-profit services. In this photo, PPP Director Kela Thomas (second from right) and Columbia Center Director Thomas Scott (far right) meet with radio station WFMV executives to discuss employment opportunities.


New Agents for PPP

Criminal Justice Academy Graduates - June 2014

SCDPPPS graduated several new Agents from the June 20 class at the Criminal Justice Academy. (From left to right): Forrest Lindman-Greenville, Nathan Barnes-Lancaster, Jared Shedd-Greenville, Trevor Whitfield-Greenville, Joseph James-Colleton, Wilson Bennett-Florence, Jacob Freeman-Horry


Supervisory Leadership Academy Graduation

Supervisory Leadership Academy Graduates - June 2014

PPP graduated its first ever class from its Supervisory Leadership Academy in June. A total of 27 employees in supervisory positions completed the six-month course. They heard from a panel, that included Lexington Sen. Katrina Shealy and Richland Sheriff Leon Lott discussing the importance of leadership in the successful functioning of an organization. Graduates were: Curtis Baker - Charleston; Lisa Boltin - Colleton; Marie Boulton - Aiken; Susan Brace - Berkeley; Kimberly Brantley - Orangeburg; Yolanda Burison - Charleston; Ron Carter - Charleston; Susan Crocker - Spartanburg; Keith Crossland - Bamberg; Brandi Dhers - Spartanburg; Amanda Donald - Pickens; Rhonda Elliott - Horry; Charles Finch - Aiken; Todd Graham - Barnwell ; Jerry Hamberis - Chesterfield; Jeffery Harmon - Spartanburg; Kescia Holmes - Charleston; Leigh-Michelle Jones - Dorchester; Jeremy Kittrell - Orangeburg; Willie Lemon - Allendale; Lynn Oliver - Lancaster; Betty Pinckney - Hampton; Mitchell Ray-Charleston; Angie Salley - Saluda; Micky Talley - Dorchester; Tara Tyler - Charleston; Jacob Wilson - Williamsburg

PPP Agent Honored by SCCA

Camilla Cheeseboro Honored by SCCA

Camilla Cheeseboro received the Agent of the Year award from the SC Correctional Association at a luncheon on Wednesday. Cheeseboro, was the 2013 PPP Agent of the Year while assigned to Sumter County. She is now an Agent in Richland County.

MAY 2014

May 23 Agent Basic Class Graduates

New Agent Basic Class Graduates

Attorney General Alan Wilson was the guest speaker at the May 23 Agent Basic Training Graduation. Graduates (in alphabetical order) and the counties they are assigned to were: Christian Aulbach - Charleston; Reginald Bowens - Charleston; Elyse Fields - Dorchester; Austin Fowler - Berkeley; Aleece Generette-Coker - Dorchester; Darryl Green - Berkeley; Kiunta Holmes - Greenville; Melissa Jenkins - Greenville; Matthew Johnson - Dorchester; Burton Marlow - Horry; James Martin - Greenville; Terrence Matthews-Greenwood; Mariah Maye - Berkeley; Donald Miller - Beaufort; David Parker-Cherokee; Samuel Sarratt-Laurens.


PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored

New Agent Basic Class Graduates

Lawrence "Drew" Creed (right) became a new Agent, assigned to Aiken County, on May 9 in ceremonies at the CJA. On the left is PPP Deputy Director Scott Norton.

APRIL 2014

PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored

New Agent Basic Class Graduates

Two new Agents participated in graduation ceremonies April 19, India Fludd (far right), assigned to Dorchester County and William Thrasher, Lexington County. In the center is PPP Director Kela Thomas.

MARCH 2014

CJA Class Includes 30 from PPP New Agent Basic Class Graduating Class

JP Strom Award Recipient Jenna Sisco

(Above) Nearly half of those participating in the March 7 Criminal Justice Academy Class were from PPP. Rep. Mike Pitts from Greenwood-Laurens presented badges to the future Agents in badging ceremonies held after the CJA graduation exercises. The participants and the counties they are assigned to: Ross Alford, York; Vincent Cannarella, Charleston; Brian Cauble, Lancaster; Jonathan Duncan, Aiken; Tehran Jones , Colleton; Kevin Kennedy, Spartanburg; Alexander King, Greenwood (Distinguished Graduate); Jessica Macon, Lancaster; Sherida McLeod, Orangeburg; Kendall Millhouse, Anderson; Alyssa Muskovin, York; Christopher Orsi, Charleston; Eloisa Paredes, Anderson; Hanna Price, Spartanburg; Brittany Scruggs, Spartanburg; Eboney Shuler, Barnwell; Jenna Sisco, Spartanburg (JP Strom Winner); Aaron Smith, Pickens; Anthony Smith, Horry; Kristin Smokes, Aiken; Nicholas Stafford, Dorchester; Rachael Stanforth, Richland; Cornelius Sterling, Greenville; Melvin Suber, Newberry; Samuel Thompson, Greenville; Janella Tolbert, Charleston; Kayla Underwood, Oconee; Mary Varin, Greenville; Tyra White, Florence; Matthew Woolbright, Edgefield.

PPP JP Strom Award Recipient
(Left) Jenna M. Sisco is the recipient of the J.P. Strom Award for the March 7, 2014 Criminal Justice Academy class . This award is named after the longtime Chief of the State Law Enforcement Division. This award is given to the student who obtains the highest overall academic average, with a minimum of 96% academic average, including the successful completion of all performance tests.


PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored

New Agent Basic Class Graduates

A new crop of PPP employees completed three weeks of Agent job specific training on Friday, Feb. 28. Most of them are going on to the Criminal Justice Academy for 12 weeks of standardized law-enforcement training to become C-1 Certified law enforcement officers. The students completing the class (in alphabetical order) and county or office they are assigned to are: Kenneth Addis, Pickens; Tammy Bantan, Richland; Nathan Barnes***, Lancaster; Rome Bennett, Florence; Matthew Buchanan, Central; Lauren Chambers, Cherokee; Stephen Donohue, Greenville; Melanie Dunham, Charleston; Brad Freeman, Horry; Tempestt Hough, Beaufort; Dannon James, Colleton; Clifford King, Anderson; Forrest Lindman, Greenville; Kristin Massetti, Greenville; Lisa McGill, Central; Marie Moore*, Greenville; Karen Raymond, Spartanburg; Jared Shedd, Greenville; Craig Smith**, Georgetown; Trevor Whitfield, Greenville; Travis Youngblood***, Horry. *** Honor Graduates; * Class Leader; ** Assistant Class Leader


Governor Haley visits Richland County Governor Haley with Richland County Staff


Above pictured is Gov. Nikki Haley on her recent visit with our Richland County office. We were honored with her interaction with the staff and touring the office. She is also featured with the Executive Management Team (right).

  Governor Haley and Executive Management Team


December CJA Class New CJA Graduates with Director Kela Thomas and Scott Norton


Two new SCDPPPS employees were part of the final SC Criminal Justice Academy class of 2013 (Session 609) Dec. 20. They are (from left): SCDPPPS Director, Kela Thomas; Katlyn M. Blease; Katelyn D. Duncan; SCDPPPS Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton. Both Blease and Duncan are assigned to Greenville County.



PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored

PPP Agent Basic Graduates Honored November 22, 2013

A total of 23 graduates of the PPP Agent Basic course received their certificates November 22, after encouraging words from the guest speaker The Honorable Elise Partin, Mayor of the City of Cayce. The graduates (in alphabetical order): Ross Alford - York; Brian Cauble - Lancaster; Katrina Charles - Central; India Fludd - Dorchester; Khoury Hammond - Richland; Jessica Macon - Lancaster; Kendall Millhouse - Anderson; Christian Mitchell - Charleston; Sherida McLeod - Orangeburg; Eloisa Paredes - Anderson; Debbie Parker - Central; Steven Riester - Lexington; Aaron Smith - Pickens; Anthony Smith - Horry; **Rachael Stanforth - Richland; Melvin Suber - Newberry; Samuel Thompson - Greenville; Will Thrasher - Lexington; Kayla Underwood - Oconee; Maddy Varin - Greenville; Tyra White - Florence; *Tracy Wilson - Aiken; Blake Woolbright - Edgefield. ** Honor Graduate * Class Leader


Alston Wilkes Agent of the Year Awards Presented to Beaufort County

Sumter Agent Camilla Cheeseboro received the Mark Hart Probation & Parole Agent of the Year Award during a luncheon hosted by the Alston Wilkes Society recently. The eight-year PPP veteran received the award for her exemplary work with offenders over the years. In her remarks at the luncheon, PPP Director Kela Thomas said of Cheesboro, "She is committed to the Department and knows what is expected of her and is always preparing offenders toward becoming productive citizens, providing assistance to the courts and to build and protect public trust. She has a positive attitude and is always willing to assist her coworkers." The award is named for the Spartanburg Agent Mark Hart, who died of cancer. The Alston Wilkes Society assists homeless veterans, former offenders and at-risk youth in rebuilding their lives.


New Agent Headed to Richland New CJA Graduates with Scott Norton


New Criminal Justice Academy graduate Hunter Shaw (center) received his badge recently and is headed to the Richland County office. With him are (left) Assistant AIC Stacy Bartkovich and Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton.



Agent Basic Class 133 Graduates alt=

Twenty-three new employees completed the PPP Basic Course. Congratulations to Deanna Avignone (Horry County), Adam Bryson (Greenwood County), Joseph Cannarella (Charleston County), Kendrick Clark (Orangeburg County), Drew Creed (Aiken County), Jonathan Duncan (Aiken County), Edwardiea Jenkins-Lambert (Orangeburg County), Tehran Jones (Colleton County), Kevin Kennedy (Spartanburg County), Alexander King (Greenwood County), Harrison Moore (Charleston County), Alyssa Muskovin (York County), Christopher Orsi (Charleston County), Hanna Price (Spartanburg County), Timothy Riley (Greenville County), Brittany Scruggs (Spartanburg County), Eboney Shuler (Barnwell County), Jenna Sisco (Spartanburg County), Kristin Smokes (Aiken County), Trent Stafford (Dorchester County), Cornelius Sterling (Greenville County), Blake Stone (Greenwood County), and Janella Tolbert (Charleston County). Special congratulations are extended to Honor Graduate Muskovin, who scored a 99 on the final exam.


Sumter Office Presents Community Awards alt=

The S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services Sumter office honored two individuals and three organizations for their partnerships: Judge Amy Land, front center; Jeryl Jacobs, front second from right, a counselor with S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Services; the Sumter County Sheriff?s Office; the Sumter Police Department; and Sumter Behavioral Health. State director Kela Thomas, right, thanked them for being willing to be servant leaders. Sumter AIC Sharon Holland is far left.


CJA CLASS GRADUATES - October 11, 2013 alt=

Graduating from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy on October 11th were Timothy Hurst - Greenville County; Felipa Lawson - Newberry County; (Deputy Director for Field Operations Scott Norton); Amy Ramirez - Charleston County; Amberelle Boyle - York County.



Solicitor's Office Receives Award Awards Presented to Horry County


Horry AIC Scott Herrington (left) presents 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson with the Law Enforcement Partnership Award for Outstanding Service. The presentation ceremony took place on the front steps of the Old Courthouse. Also participating were PPP Director Kela Thomas (right). In the background are Sen. Greg Hembree and Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson.


BEAUFORT AWARDS PRESENTED Awards Presented to Beaufort County

Beaufort County AIC Suezanne Foot presented awards to service providers in her county and afterwards posed for a photo with (from left): 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone; Director Thomas; Beaufort Attorney Cory Fleming; Rep. Shannon Erickson; Rep. Andy Patrick; AIC Foot.

CJA CLASS GRADUATES - August 9, 2013

New CJA Graduates with PPP Director Kela Thomas

Two new Agents joined PPP in August after graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy (from left): Jacob Graf, Richland County; (Director Kela Thomas); Jeremy Brunson, Pickens. Welcome aboard!


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