The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers presented the Rookie Agent of the Year Award to Brad Schroeder, senior adult agent with Isanti County Probation, at the annual spring conference May 22.
This award is given to a newer agent (one to three years in the field of probation) who has demonstrated abundant potential and professionalism in his/her early career. This award recipient presents a strong desire to learn on the job, participates in a variety of training opportunities, demonstrates enthusiasm and a positive attitude, and works collaboratively with other more experienced team members. This agent has strong leadership potential, has brought new energy into their agency/department, and is working toward a very promising future in the field of probation.
Schroeder’s commitment inside and outside Isanti County makes him an outstanding agent and candidate. Schroeder has worked with Isanti County since July 15, 2010 and has kept his commitment to best practices, safety and overall team support at the highest level.
Presently, Schroeder supervises an adult medium risk case load within Isanti County, along with the majority of adult transfers from other counties. In addition, you may find him on the weekends working in Hennepin County doing supervision on high-risk sex offenders, all while balancing a very busy family life.
From the time Schroeder started with Isanti County, he has been motivated to learn whatever he could about probation and how to work with people to help instill change with those he supervises.
Schroeder holds his probationers to a high standard by being fair, honest, and sticking to his word. He has really shown he has a passion for learning with the amount of training he has accomplished in such a short time as an agent.
For example, Schroeder has attended numerous trainings that support his position like Motivational Interviewing, LS/CMI, the DOC sex offender probation course, and many others.
He also sits on the Isanti County EBP committee and Safety committee, and was recently trained and certified as a defensive tactics trainer, and search and seizure trainer.
On top of all that Schroeder has fostered excellent working relationships outside of our agency and within the county network of services.
He works non-traditional hours to ensure compliance of the people he supervises and is also a constant in the office when it comes to being dependable and a great team member amongst his co-workers.
Schroeder’s work and motivation to learn will only increase the contribution he makes to the public that he serves and this department.
Article submitted by the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers