Q. What is a Probation Officer?
A. A Court official sworn in as an officer of the Court to supervise individual placed on official probation by a Judge or Magistrate.
Q. What are the qualifications to become a Probation Officer?
A. Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work or related field and two years experience is preferred, but may consider a Bachelor's Degree in a related field and two years direct probation experience. Must have excellent written and oral skills. Must have own car, valid driver's license and maintain current insurance.
Q. What is the role of a Probation Officer?
A. A Probation Officer (P.O.) supervises youth on official probation or investigation for dispositional alternatives following adjudication. A P.O. is responsible to meet with the probationer and his or her parents or guardian to explain and sign the rules of probation. Each P.O. investigates and assesses the youth for risk of re-offending along with mental health, substance abuse and psychosocial needs through services within the Court and through community referral.
Q. Who staffs the Probation Department?
A. The Probation Department consists of a Chief Probation Officer, two Deputy Chief Probation Officers, four Team Supervisors, twenty-nine Probation Officers, three Probation Monitors and six support staff.