Brian Hampton, a probation officer with the Montgomery County Probation Department,was among the recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award during the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association's 50th annual awards banquet on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.
These awards are presented to probation and court service professionals who, in the opinion of their chief managing officers, deserve individual recognition for their dedication and commitment to their clients, peers and the community.
The formal ceremony is an opportunity to recognize individuals for their outstanding contribution to the field of Probation and Court Services.
There are a number of awards given, including dedication, innovation, leadership, accomplishments, highest standards, commitments, achievement and contribution to the field of probation.
After serving as an intern with the department and serving as a volunteer with the Montgomery County Youth Court program, Hampton was hired as a juvenile officer on June 8, 2009. He has since added adult and pre-trial clients to his caseload.
Hampton takes great pride and demonstrates a vast amount of humility in his role with the department, as well as the circuit. He served as co-chair of the Fourth Circuit Juvenile Action Committee, is currently a co-facilitator for the Aggression Replacement Training and Thinking for a Change groups within the department.
He is the lead officer for safety trainings and the GPS/Electronic Monitoring program within the department, and has been a speaker at the Montgomery County Health Department's Choose Now Program.
"Hampton is rarely idle during his work day, constantly working to ensure the youth are receiving the best service, programs or alternatives available, and also contributing to the ideas to improve the policies and procedures of the department," said Baneé Ulrici. "He isn't just an officer to the youth he supervises, he is also a mentor, a coach and a teacher."
She went on to say if youth have public service hours to do, Hampton will work right alongside them, teaching them the skills needed to do the work. He encourages youth to look toward the future, putting education at the forefront and encouraging youth to work if they are able, in order to learn skills and save for the future.
Hampton's hard work and dedication is not only recognized by his chief managing officer and coworkers, but is also recognized by law enforcement, attorneys and other personnel within the courthouse and the community.