Community Based Supervision
Probation Officers work collaboratively with schools, community organizations, and local law enforcement agencies. Their goal is to ensure community protection, offender accountability, and victim restoration. Through the use of evidence-based assessment tools and individualized case plans, Probation Officers work to build competencies in the juveniles they work with.
This unit investigates, assesses, and coordinates juvenile court services for juveniles charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Juvenile Probation Officers conduct interviews and risk/needs assessments to direct appropriate services. The following items are required at the intake interview: birth certificate, Social Security card, current report card, immunization record, health insurance card, driver’s license (if applicable) and proof of income for juvenile and parent.
The Fines Diversion Program was implemented in 2009 as an alternative to formal court processing for non-violent youth referred to Juvenile Probation for non-payment of fines assessed at the Magisterial District Court level. Juveniles meet with a probation officer to complete an interview and then agree to a plan to satisfy their unpaid fines, sometimes through community service. Probation officers determine the appropriate intervention and/or additional action if necessary.
Placement / Aftercare
This unit supervises youth committed to out-of-home facilities. All youth in placement are visited by their probation officer at regular intervals. The supervising officer is responsible for release planning and supervision during home passes and will assist with coordinating any services deemed appropriate for the juvenile's successful integration back into the community.
This unit maintains case and departmental data, oversees referrals, and assesses the quality of in-home and out-of-home service providers.