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Ambrose receives IPCSA Exemplary Service Award

November 2, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Tom Ambrose, senior training coordinator in the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named recipient of the Exemplary Service Award presented by the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association.

Michael Torchia, president of the IPCSA Executive Board and director of the Sangamon County Adult Probation Department, made the presentation during ceremonies at the IPCSA Conference on October 20.

The Exemplary Service Award, previously designated as the Citizen Award, is presented annually to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and commitment to furthering probation and court services.

Torchia observed, “Through Tom’s dedication, hard work, and patience the court services field has been enhanced and the message of providing effective probation services to the state has been spread to hundreds of officers. His diligent efforts have helped to advance training programs into the 21st century.

“The week-long ‘basic training’ for probation and detention officers is now much more interactive and skill-based,” said Torchia, “and we now have an online training program for detention that has drawn the admiration of the American Probation and Parole Association.”

Nancy Ford, interim director of the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies, noted, “I am proud of Tom for receiving this award. He has made outstanding contributions to the state and the profession as a result of his efforts in coordinating training programs for probation and court services professionals.  His leadership efforts reflect positively on the university and our work in the Institute.”

Before coming to UIS, Ambrose served as a probation officer in Macoupin County. His current duties also include working with AOIC staff to develop an online curriculum for probation officers, as well as helping to develop training videos for sex offender supervision, training CDs on methamphetamine, and other training tools used by Illinois probation departments.

“I am very pleased to receive this award from those I consider to be my colleagues,” said Ambrose. “This is the greatest kind of award anyone can receive.”

Also during IPCSA Conference, Ambrose presented the Institute’s annual Innovative Leadership Award to the Community Transition Program at the Sangamon County Juvenile Center.  This award is made to a program in detention or probation that exemplifies innovation and leadership in offender program development and that has demonstrated evidence of effective outcomes with clients.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.