By OPEC Staff

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Parole Agent was among seven law enforcement officers recently commended by their peers and recognized by the Exchange Club of Redding.

Agent Vicki Abney was honored at the 40th annual Peace Officer of the Year as one of Shasta County’s best law enforcement officers at an awards luncheon March 14.

Shasta County’s top officers were selected by local law enforcement agencies.

Abney began her career 16 years ago as a correctional officer at High Desert State Prison in Susanville. She became a parole agent in 2001 with the Redding Parole Unit. Six years later, she was named assistant unit supervisor with the Red Bluff Parole Unit. She later was promoted to a Redding GPS Parole Unit supervisory position. Abney will mark four years with the unit in July.

The GPS unit supervises more than 200 convicted sex offenders who are monitored with global positioning system devices spread across eight north state counties. Abney supervises eight parole agents and an assistant unit supervisor, in addition to clerical staff.