Tennessee Will Soon Require Probation and Parole Officers To Be Armed

May 15, 2013

Credit Tennessee Department of Probation and Parole

The Tennessee Department of Correction will soon require the state's probation and parole officers to be armed. WATE-TV reports that there are currently 783 probation and parole officers in Tennessee and those officers will choose whether or not to undergo a two-week training to be armed. But all probation and parole officers will be armed by 2018. Those hired after July 1, 2013 will be required to have six weeks of training, including two weeks of firearms' training, and will be armed. Each officer will carry a concealed 40-caliber Glock. The American Probation and Parole Association says since 2006, most states have armed their probation and parole officers.