Grant funds probation officer in county

A probation officer will continue work in the Washington County Offender Recovery Program after the Washington County Board of Commissioners accepted a grant on Tuesday, Feb. 21 to pay for the position in 2012. The county Community Corrections Department received a grant from the Office of Justice Program, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, to implement the Offender Recovery Program in 2009. The funds were available over a two-year period, ending Dec. 31, 2011, and were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Additional grant funds became available for calendar year 2012, and a grant application was submitted for $90,103 to cover the cost of the probation officer through Dec. 31, 2012. Initial results from the Offender Recovery Program have been positive in terms of the percentage of offenders completing chemical dependency treatment, having clean drug tests, and remaining crime free.