A Probation Officer, under the direct supervision of the Chief Probation Officer, First Assistant Chief Probation Officer, or Assistant Chief Probation Officer, investigates thoroughly offender personal history, background, and environment; reports findings to the court and is prepared to make appropriate recommendations on dispositions; periodically interviews probationers to determine the effectiveness of probation supervision and areas in which casework counseling are needed; refers probationers to social resources in the community for assistance in rehabilitation; enforces court orders; recommends revoking of probation and/or modification of court orders when necessary. Probation Officers may be subject to transfer within a defined geographic area in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
Probation Officer Duties:
Performs all assigned duties relating to cases scheduled for appearance in court;
Assists as needed in courtroom procedure during court sessions;
Establishes a working communicative relationship with probationers in order to carry out the orders of the court;
Enforces all orders handed down by the court;
Carefully documents facts and testifies in court with respect to the probationers activities, behavior and quality of adjustment while under supervision;
Following established legal procedures brings alleged violations of the probationer to the attention of the court and/or brings a probationer before the court as required;
Determines when circumstances warrant modification of court orders and initiates the necessary action to procure a decision by the court on such modification;
Plans office activities, conferences, and field visits in connection with investigation and supervision functions;
Maintains accurate and up-to-date case records in a neat and legible prescribed form;
Prepares and submits monthly statistical and performance reports on the status of individual caseload;
Gathers and evaluates background information and any data pertinent to individual cases in connection with both investigation and supervision;
Monitors payment orders of the court, e.g., restitution, fines, and support orders;
Maintains own probation chronological listing information and contact with probationers;
Conducts counseling interviews for assigned cases according to approved counseling techniques in order to identify and clarify any probationer problems; suggests constructive methods for addressing such problems; and consults with supervisors as necessary;
Contacts public and private community groups and agencies to obtain their cooperation in attempting to address probationer needs; maintains continuous and collaborative working relationships with agencies;
Participates in the development of supervision plans in coordination with the Trial Court Office of Community Corrections to meet the needs of probationers;
Performs community supervision during or after hours as necessary, developing and conducting programs for rehabilitation in accordance with established standards;
Refers probationers to community agencies that offer specialized services that are required for a particular individuals needs following a thorough and complete evaluation;
Collaborates with other law enforcement officials regarding the processing of warrants;
Admits offenders to the Electronic Monitoring Program (ELMO) in accordance with court orders;
Conducts substance abuse tests in accordance with Trial Court Substance Abuse Testing Protocols either during or after hours;
Conducts investigations, prepares appropriate reports focused on best practices and evidence based conclusions of probationer behavior, and is prepared to make recommendations based on these investigations;
Performs various public relations activities, such as addressing community groups, participating in conferences, and meeting with agencies or the public on behalf of the Chief Probation Officer and/or the Trial Court;
Performs such other duties as may be directed by the judge or chief probation officer in accordance with the standards of the Probation Service and any specialized needs of the court;
Performs other related duties as required.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Probation Officer:
A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university is required; a concentration in human services, behavioral sciences, or criminal justice is preferred.
A minimum of 2 years experience as an Associate Probation Officer, human services, or in criminal justice.
A graduate degree in the behavioral sciences, education, administration, management, law or criminal justice may be substituted for the above experience, if the candidate also possesses a bachelors degree in accordance with the education requirement.
The Trial Court is committed to providing equal access to justice for all who use the Commonwealths courts; to the efficient and effective administration of justice and the fair and impartial resolution of disputes; to the protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties; to prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professional employees utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.
The Massachusetts Probation Service is at the center in the delivery of justice through investigations, community supervision of offenders/litigants, diversion of appropriate offenders from institutional sentences, reduction in crime, mediations, service to victims, and the performance of other appropriate community service functions.
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