|PROBATION OFFICER/PAROLE OFFICER 2 |
Probation officers and parole officers supervise offenders who have been placed on community-based orders by the courts and offenders released on parole from prison.
Probation officers and parole officers may perform the following tasks:
• Advise parolees and those on community-based orders, on matters such as education, employment, finance, housing and other community services which may help in their rehabilitation
• Arrange the employment of offenders as directed by courts
• Assess placement and management of offenders placed on community service work orders, bonds, fine options and penalties
• Assist in preparing briefs for prosecuting offenders who fail to comply with community-based orders or breach parole conditions
• Conduct regular interviews with parolees and report on their progress
• Develop and implement community-based work programs
• Identify the social development needs of offenders and refer them to appropriate programs
• Interview offenders, their families, employers and teachers to obtain information
• Maintain and develop client records and administrative procedures
• Maintain contact with families to help solve problems of readjustment and rehabilitation
• Manage and supervise offenders who have received community-based supervision orders e.g. community service, home detention, probation, bail or parole, and make sure that they comply with the relevant legislation and standards
• Monitor home detainees by means of home visits and electronic monitoring technology and report all breaches of conditions
• Participate on various committees to assist in policy, practice and community development.
• Provide advice to assist the courts in determining the suitability of offenders to be placed on community-based orders
• Submit reports and recommendations on whether parole should be granted
• Take part in staff development and training programs, and provide training to new staff
Probation officers and parole officers may work in an office or in non-institutionalized community corrections centers. A proportion of their time is spent at court and visiting prisons to interview and assess offenders and prisoners.