Probation Officer
THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA - Fort Myers, FL

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SUMMARY
The probation officers perform professional work in supervising adult defendants who commit misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses. Additionally, probation officers may supervise juveniles who are sentenced to probation for a criminal traffic offense. Probation provides an alternative to incarceration, and Probation Officers provide protection for the public by supervising and monitoring defendants placed on probation. Probation supervision includes providing leadership and direction to the probationers. The incumbents exercise independent judgment and initiative within their scope of authority. Work is performed in accordance with Court orders and directives from Judges and is subject to administrative direction. Probation Officers complete PSIs as required.

The core responsibilities of this position are: 1) Supervision of County and Circuit Court Misdemeanant Defendants, 2) Monitor Compliance with Court Orders and Prepare Required Documents, 3) Make Recommendations to the Court, 4) Maintain Probation Files, 5) Prepare Pre-sentencing Investigation reports, 6) Other duties as assigned.

Examples of Duties:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervision of misdemeanant defendants
  • Conduct new probationer orientation
  • Counsel and refer probationers to specialized treatment facilities and resources within the community
  • Refer to counseling agencies, job employment services, food and shelter centers, educational opportunities, and life skills classes, etc.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the probationer to assist in completion of the probation requirements
  • Monitor cost of supervision, fines, and court costs, diversion fees, and restitution payments
  • Provide case management functions
Monitor Compliance with Court Orders and Prepare Required Documents
  • Conduct home visits as necessary
  • Perform investigations in accordance with court orders and directives from the Judges and the department head
  • Compile information and prepare and deliver detailed reports to the court orally and in writing
  • Conduct follow-up with treatment facilities
Make Recommendations to the Court
  • Make recommendations relating to the requests for warrants, modifications, and dismissals of warrants, violation hearings
  • Make recommendations for penal sanctions for violation of probation, referrals to outside agencies, and recommendations for bonds
  • Provide recommendations to the court concerning defendant's custody issues
  • Provide investigation to the court concerning defendant's custody issues
Maintain Probation Files
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date, files on all probationers under supervision caseload
  • Travel to seminars and conferences as required
Typical Qualifications:
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of:
  • Interview techniques
  • Methods, practices, principles, procedures, and techniques used in interviewing and investigating as it pertains to the operation of the department
  • Social casework principles and methods
  • Basic structure of the Florida State Courts System and the criminal justice system
  • Local, state, and federal guidelines, rules, regulations, and statutes as they pertain to probation and sentencing parameters
  • Recent developments, literature, and resources in the probation field
  • Effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required for certain caseloads
  • Social environment of the county and of particular trends and patterns of society
  • Resources and various programs available and applicable to the specific needs of persons on supervised probation
Ability to:
  • Conduct interviews and investigations
  • Deal politely, effectively, and professionally with defendants from various backgrounds, who are experiencing a variety of stressful conditions
  • Follow written and oral instructions and procedures
  • Effectively interpret general policy, criteria, and procedures for specific situations
  • Identify general symptoms of substance abuse and emotional problems
  • Conduct investigations and to compile information and prepare and deliver detailed reports to the court reports orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with other governmental agencies, schools, volunteer programs, and other resources
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records
  • Assist in the training of others as needed
  • Attend seminars and conferences as necessary
  • Drive an automobile and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License
Supplemental Information:
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in sociology, psychology, criminology, or a related field. Two years of professional experience in a criminal justice system.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Florida driver's license, with an acceptable driving record, is required.

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