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Tennessee to become one of the last states to arm parole and probation officers
By wate.com - Samantha Manning
Published: 05/15/2013

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Probation and parole officers in Tennessee will soon be armed as a result of changes implemented by the state's Department of Correction.

"We're at peril from their actions if we don't arm ourselves and take ourselves seriously," East Tenn. District Director for Probation and Parole Bob Henshaw said.

Henshaw told 6 News he has worked in probation and parole for 36 years and said he knows firsthand of the dangers that come along with the job.

"Everybody we deal with is basically a convicted felon, anywhere from murder down to class E felony theft," Henshaw said. "I can point to two or three times in my career where I felt threatened by the environment that I was in."

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