Meeting of the Minds 2020 - Critical Impact September 8 - 10 2020
Supervising Deputy Probation Officer Edward Sykes<pre>
Supervising Deputy Probation Officer Sykes has been employed with the Los Angeles County Probation Department for over 33 years. His current assignment is with the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Innovative Employment Solutions (INVEST) Unit which provides employment services for justice involved clients. Mr. Sykes oversees the day to day operation for the INVEST unit and has developed strategies and best practices to serve unemployed and underemployed clients in Los Angeles County. Mr. Sykes has an extensive history of building strategic partnerships with both public and private sectors to address crime reduction, homelessness, re-entry and workforce development. He has held several sworn and non-sworn positions during his employment with the Probation Department that includes juvenile field and custody operations, adult supervision and Pretrial Services. Mr. Sykes spearheaded the department’s first Adult Day Reporting Center that provided employment and intervention services to adult males between the ages of 18-25.
Mr. Sykes has taught several courses in Criminal Justice such as Gangs in America, Juvenile Procedures and Probation /Parole in California. Mr. Sykes has been responsible for implementing new programs and training staff with the Los Angeles County Probation Department for over 15 years. He is also certified to train curriculums from the National Institute Of Corrections which targets best practices for justice involved clients entering the workforce.
He obtained his master’s degree from California State Dominguez Hills in Behavioral Science with the concentration of Conflict Management. In addition, he received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State Dominguez Hills and a A.S degree in Administration of Justice from Los Angeles Harbor College. Mr. Sykes is a certified Mediator with the City of Los Angeles Dispute Resolution program and received certificates of completion in Mediation from Loyola Law School and Centinela Valley Juvenile Diversion Program.