Imperial County Deputy Imperial County Probation Officer receives statewide recognition


From the Imperial Valley Press.

IMPERIAL COUNTY – Imperial County Deputy Probation Officer Maribel Carvajal was honored at the 2023 annual Chief Probation Officers of California Awards Ceremony, receiving the Regional Employee of the Year Award for the South Region for her outstanding contributions in Imperial County.

“Today we celebrate Officer Carvajal’s well-deserved recognition, as she makes a huge difference in the lives of our youth,” Imperial County Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince said in the release. “If you speak with any of the youth she works with, they would undoubtedly mention her efforts to provide them with opportunities for their development. She continuously advocates for them and always celebrates their accomplishments. This makes a huge impact in their rehabilitative journey, creating safer communities for us all.”

Per the release, Officer Carvajal is the Lead Probation Officer for the Imperial County Probation Department’s Secure Track Program. In addition to this role, Officer Carvajal has spearheaded the development of numerous service offerings for the Secure Track Youth program. These include mental health services, substance use disorder services, educational services, pet therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, parenting classes, mentoring services, and more. Officer Carvajal also works closely with Imperial Valley College (IVC) to ensure that all Secure Track youth achieve their educational objectives.

“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to probation officers like Maribel, whose unwavering commitment and compassionate approach significantly contribute to the positive development of youth and to safer communities,” Karen Pank, Executive Director of CPOC said in the release. “Maribel exemplifies the core values of our profession, consistently going above and beyond to provide mentorship, guidance, and a sense of security to the young individuals under her care.”

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