In an ongoing effort to fill parole agent positions, the Parole Agent I exam was administered on October 16, 2010 with more than 4,000 potential candidates submitting applications during the one-day “file in person” recruitment effort. Results are expected to be released sometime this month. The volume of applicants for a "one day" open recruitment was unprecedented and inspiring. Potential candidates with years of experience are applying from a number of disciplines. To accommodate anticipated new hires, a Basic Parole Agent Academy will begin January 3, 2011, for 80 parole agent cadets
In another development, the parole division will replace its Smith and Wesson 9 mm firearms with newer, superior Smith and Wesson M&P .40-caliber handguns. The new firearm provides more flexibility and user comfort, including an improved safety and magazine disconnect feature.