Probation Officer in United States

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Legal / Law
NGO/Community Services & Dev
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Probation Officer Job Description

*A probation officer is responsible for supervising people that have been placed on probation.

*This professional has personal interaction with those on probation.

*Oftentimes, these professionals visit the probationer in their home.

*The probation officer also partners with organizations in the community to help rehabilitate the offender.

*These organizations are also asked to assist in monitoring the behavior of the probationer.

*Additionally, these professionals often assist in getting the person job training and drug rehabilitation.

*Most officers focus on either adults or young offenders exclusively.

Duties and Responsibilities

*The probation officer spends a great deal of time performing work for the courts.

*They are tasked with performing thorough background research on the offender; after compiling their findings, they write a pre-sentence document and recommend a feasible sentence.

*The probation officer is also responsible for keeping the court current on the compliance of the offender with the court issued mandates.

*Case loads are dependent upon the seriousness of the offenders that the probation officer supervises.

*Offenders that need heavy supervision are assigned to probation officers with smaller case loads.

*Also, caseload does vary by the jurisdiction of the agency.

*Computers, phones, and other technological equipment allows the probation officers to manage their cases.

*Some officers also focus focus on pre-trial proceedings; they recommend whether an offender can be released before the trial.

*The job of this professional is to supervise those that can be dangerous.

*They frequently interact with other persons involved with the offender.

Training and Education Requirements

*A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in some type of behavioral science discipline. Social work, psychology, sociology, or criminal justice are some of the disciplines that are generally accepted.

*Previous experience in probation will influence employment.
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