The Department of Community Rehabilitation (DCR) is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms Jhaneile Ennis to the position of Senior Probation Officer.
Ms Ennis, from Grand Cayman, joins the senior leadership team after beginning her career with DCR in 2010 as a Probation Officer Graduate.
Commenting on the new appointment, the Director of DCR, Mrs Lisa Malice said: “DCR is proud to have someone as dedicated to her profession and clients as Ms Ennis is embrace a leadership position within the team. Having someone strong in character and compassion is vital to the work we do. Jhaneile has continued to embody excellence in the values of the civil service and this department through her passion, integrity and professionalism.”
“I have full confidence in her ability to make meaningful and positive contributions to the operational development of the department and look forward to continuing to work with Ms Ennis in this new role,” she continued.
The varied nature of the department’s work is what Ms Ennis relishes about her experience to date.
“People may not realise the many facets of offender management and victim support services DCR offers. Each client is different and requires a tailored approach based on their circumstances and needs to reduce offending behaviour and enhance public safety,” Ms Ennis said.
Ms Ennis’ time at DCR has included placements in a number of specialist practice areas including the Through and AfterCare team, which provides services to serving inmates and supervises people approved for Conditional Release License.
Working closely with the Rotaract Club, Ms Ennis supported in expanding the level of support services for the Mental Health Court including setting up the Brown Paper Bag initiative which ensures food donations reach those in need at the Court.
Ms Ennis is currently an internal coach supporting Probation Officers in the application of a cognitive-behavioural strategy geared towards reducing offending behaviours known as Change Agent Supervision or “ChAngeS”.
“I truly believe in people’s ability to change and make more positive choices in life. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my work as part of this exciting and evolving team to help shape the lives of those we support in a more senior capacity,” said Ms Ennis.
Since starting her new role in May 2020, Ms Ennis has begun supervising a team of nine Probation Officers providing offender management services to specialised caseloads for Mental Health offenders, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Drug Rehabilitation Court as well as the Intensive Supervision team which focuses on high risk offenders.
“The important work of DCR truly benefits from having long-serving officers who build trusted relationships with their clients and colleagues. We are very pleased to see management, led by Director Malice, develop officers in such a way as they are able to successfully attain these senior positions. Everyone at the Ministry of Home Affairs wishes Jhaneile every success as she continues her career making a positive contribution with DCR,” commented Mr Dax Basdeo, Chief Officer for the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Ms Ennis holds a Honours Baccalaureate in Social Science from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the BPP Law School.