By Kari Hould
PCN Staff 

New Faces in New Places: Welcome Parker Rapp


January 25, 2023

New Phillips County Deputy Juvenile Probation Officer Parker Rapp. Photo by Kari Hould.

Phillips County has a new Deputy Juvenile Probation Officer for the 17th District Court. We extend a warm Montana welcome to Parker Rapp, who started work here in Malta in the middle of November.

Parker was born and raised in Augusta, Montana, his Mom and grandparents live outside of Fairfield, and a younger brother lives around Kalispell. His early life experiences include ranch work around the Augusta area and Havre areas. He attended MSU-Northern where he received a degree in criminology and psychology.

At this time in his world, his case is just starting to build. This is a plus in this line of work as he meets new families, new kids, and establishes himself in the law enforcement field. Paul has had a brush with locals and others in the field when he worked in the Glasgow Police Department, the Hill County Detention Center, and a private security company.

"Parental cooperation has been good so far. The majority of parents I have spoken with are all cooperating very well in order to help their children complete their probation period," said Parker.

While the position can be stressful, so far it has been ongoing education and Parker is grasping the court system challenges with an open mind and optimism.

Parker said, "I chose this career to gain more experience with the court system. I plan to make a career in law enforcement eventually."

"I have been enjoying influencing juveniles to be the best person that they can so that they are successful as an adult."

He still takes time for himself and on his days off or down time one might find him backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, hunting, fishing, puttering on or working on a vehicle, or sitting at a work table working on leather projects.

"Some of the most rewarding moments are seeing the kids on my caseload out in the community being involved," said Parker. "I would like the readers to know if they have community service opportunities, to get ahold of me. Every kid in the youth court system is given community service to give back to the community. If you need help getting sidewalks shoveled, or lawn work, or help with any events, please feel free to reach out to my office either by stopping by the court house, or call 406-654-2087.

Parker is in his office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and he is in Glasgow once a week for staffing.


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