CLASS TITLE: DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER I
Under the direction of a Probation Division Manager, perform routine probation duties including
interviewing clients, investigating backgrounds and preparing and submitting probationary reports to
the courts, making recommendations to superiors regarding disposition of cases.
Incumbents in the Deputy Probation Officer I class perform routine case work under close supervision
while learning the policies and procedures of the Probation Department. The Deputy Probation
Officer II class performs the full range of duties requiring experience in court and custody
investigations, supervising probationers, preparing reports while working under considerable freedom
to act with an assigned case load. The Deputy Probation Officer III classification serves in a lead
capacity and performs highly specialized work involving the application of extensive knowledge and
experience in the probation field. Incumbents are assigned the most complex and difficult cases.
Interview clients to determine eligibility for probation, to discuss illegal behaviors and to obtain
social history and client's intentions for the future.
Interview interested parties in regard to data such as employer, relatives and attorneys and
discuss the backgrounds of assigned cases; obtain clients prior criminal record.
Detect and determine possible underlying social problems such as drug use, alcohol use and
Verify information obtained from client and contact agencies to obtain data as required.
Prepare written pre-sentence reports for the courts and present to the courts verbal or written
recommendations concerning the disposition of a client's case under close supervision.
Provide pertinent or supplemental information concerning a client's probation report upon
request of the court; communicate with judges regarding facts about the client's case.
Evaluate and determine the most beneficial means of dealing with the client's case.
Contact a variety of court, community, parties of interest and other organizations and individuals
concerning the disposition of an assigned case.
Perform related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
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Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Oral and written communication skills.
Research methods and report writing techniques.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Basic math skills.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Prepare and deliver oral presentations.
Work cooperatively with others.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Add, subtract, multiply and divide quickly and accurately.
Maintain records and prepare reports.
Compile and verify data and prepare reports.
Prioritize and schedule work.
Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
Understand and work within scope of authority.
Meet schedules and time lines.
Plan and organize work.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Graduation from a 4 year college or university or completion of the equivalent course work, with a
major in corrections, criminal justice, political science, administration of justice, sociology, social work,
psychology, or any related social or behavioral sciences field. Experience in a field related to
probation may be substituted on a year for year basis for a maximum of two years.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Valid California driver's license; possession of a "Search and Seizure Class Certificate" within one
year of employment; Certificate of Completion issued by the California Board of Corrections Basic
Program for Probation Officers.
Indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving a vehicle to conduct work.
Physical abilities required include seeing to drive a vehicle, and speaking to exchange information
and make presentations.
Incumbents are exposed to contact with hostile, abusive and threatening individuals.