The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) presented its Outstanding Performance Award to Randy Baker, Career Corrections Agent at Brown County Probation on May 22 at its 56th Annual Spring Conference
Baker has been an agent with Brown County for nearly 10 years. In 2012, he was assigned the task of putting together a domestic violence specific caseload and creating a community task force to look at this problem at a local level.
Baker researched other county probation programs, went to the Duluth Model training, met with local domestic violence providers/advocates and restructured the PSI format to meet statute criteria.
Baker then created D.A.R.T. (Domestic Abuse Response Team) composed of law enforcement, court staff, probation, treatment providers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, advocates, guardians, and social service staff. D.A.R.T. meets quarterly. This team has reviewed individual roles in domestic violence, obtained education in addressing domestic violence and seeks to improve the system when working with offenders and victims of domestic violence.