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Class Title: PROBATION OFFICER
DEPARTMENT: STATE COURT
Under direction, employees in this classification are responsible for managing a large caseload of adult probationers, and monitoring the status of probationersí compliance with court ordered terms and conditions. Work includes determining the resources and official actions available to intervene if necessary. Employee is responsible for taking into custody and transporting probationers in violation of court ordered probation terms and conditions.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
Regularly participates in drug testing training, and alcohol & drug training, in order to provide monitoring of adult probationers.
Facilitates and arranges the necessary education and counseling applicable to the probationerís case; monitors attendance and compliance accordingly.
Monitors the progress accomplished by probationers in adhering to the terms and conditions regarding their completion of probation.
Requests and obtains copies of new charges/warrants for the purpose of preparing recommendations for revocation of probation.
Prepares complaints that have been filed for probationers having violated the terms and conditions of their court ordered probation agreements.
Appears in Court to make recommendations regarding further action on cases; may involve making recommendations regarding incarceration.
Establishes and updates probationerís reports, summaries and case files, including all necessary legal documentation for revocation hearings.
Assesses, collects and accounts for court imposed fines as paid by probationers.
Performs drug screening and assessments for probationers and coordinates services required when indicated.
Functions in an on-call capacity to support law enforcement needs for caseload under charge.
Maintains attendance and punctuality within customary tolerances for this position.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Personal Computer Standard Office Equipment Standard Software Applications
NCIC / GCIC Terminal Restraint Equipment Vehicles
Bachelorís Degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration or related field; supplemented by six months to one year previous experience related to social services and case management; or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.
Valid Driverís License.
Completion of State of Georgia POST Peace Officer Certification and NCIC / GCIC within six months of assignment to the position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of adult probation case management and rehabilitation principles, practices, procedures and systems.
Knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local rules, regulations, ordinances, and other regulatory standards applicable to the work.
Knowledge of available community resources and social service resources for application to functional area of responsibility.
Interpersonal, leadership, planning, management and communications skills; ability to communicate professionally verbally, in writing, and in presentations.
Ability to maintain effective records maintenance and file management systems.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and in presenting information and responding to questions regarding functional area of assignment.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures, and legal documentation.
Ability to utilize personal computers, standard office equipment and standard software applications, e.g., word processors, database software, spreadsheet applications.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with probationers, social service agencies, co-workers, department management, members of the judiciary, and the general public
Ability to organize work, establish priorities, meet established deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and lift and/or move up to 10 to 20 pounds. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors.
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly exposed to confrontational persons requiring use of initiative, tact and discretion.