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Misdemeanor Probation Officer

Misdemeanor Probation | Caldwell, ID | Full Time | From $24.50 to $24.50 per hour

Job Description

Starting hourly wage is $24.50

General Statement of Duties

Manages a caseload of defendants to determine compliance with Court-ordered terms of probation; performs related work as required.

Classification Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to supervise a caseload of misdemeanor offenders to monitor compliance with court-ordered terms of probation for the protection of the community. Work includes referring defendants to appropriate mental health and substance evaluations and treatment as required, monitoring compliance with court orders and sentencing requirements, compiling and maintaining case files, recommending further conditions of probation, or initiating petitions to revoke probation. The work is performed under the supervision of the Director of Misdemeanor Probation, but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment with some field work that includes exposure to potential personal danger.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages an assigned caseload of offenders on supervised probation;
  • Establishes and maintains a case file on each offender, scheduling appointments for established periodic visits;
  • Supervises individual offenders for compliance with court orders and sentence requirements;
  • Prepares referrals for mental health, counseling, substance abuse, or other evaluations and treatments and monitors attendance at and progress of treatment;
  • Conducts investigations to determine offender adherence to court-ordered conditions;
  • Receives and reviews monthly or other periodic reports from treatment providers on offenders and takes appropriate remedial actions as necessary;
  • Monitors restitution and fine payment schedules;
  • Monitors urinalysis testing;
  • Collects probation and other fees;
  • Recommends further conditions, initiates affidavit to revoke, or petitions for early termination of probation;
  • Monitors court dockets and calendars and runs record checks to determine additional offenses;
  • Attends Court and evidentiary hearings and presents recommendations and/or testimony on violations and sentencing;
  • Documents and maintains records of all contacts with defendant;
  • Work collaboratively with treatment providers, attorneys, law enforcement, etc;
  • Prepares monthly or other periodic statistical report;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County and Court policies, procedures, and safety practices;
  • Conducts home visits and searches.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Human and criminal behavior;
  • Interviewing, counseling, and investigative techniques applicable to case monitoring;
  • Idaho and County statutes, laws, codes, and regulations governing misdemeanor arrest, detention, and probation;
  • Criminal court practices, terminology, and procedures;
  • Departmental programs, policies, procedures, and operations as applied to the work performed;
  • Various evaluation and treatment programs, social and service agencies, and other community resources available to defendants;
  • File and information management methods and procedures;
  • Operation of standard office equipment, including a personal computer;
  • Basic bookkeeping and cash handling procedures and methods.

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Gather and analyze facts and evidence and draw logical and objective conclusions;
  • Maintain a professional demeanor during stressful, volatile, and hostile situations;
  • Compile pertinent data and prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with assigned defendants, service providers, supervisors, other County employees, defense and prosecuting attorneys, the public, and other County and state agencies;
  • Respond to citizen requests in a courteous and effective manner;
  • Understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
  • Make sound and reasonable decisions in accordance with laws, codes, regulations, and established procedures;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer and applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Operate specialized equipment such as electronic monitoring, alcohol detection, and personal defense devices;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Perform multiple tasks, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner;
  • Perform time management and scheduling functions, meet deadlines, and set project priorities;
  • Maintain defendant and Department confidentiality;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency is required
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, behavioral or social sciences preferred; and
  • Two (2) years experience in probation monitoring, social service, or court-related behavioral services is preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Special Qualifications

  • Must successfully complete a background investigation through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC);
  • Idaho NCIC access certification;
  • Idaho drivers’ license;
  • Must be able to obtain P.O.S.T. certification within one year of employment.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and review and prepare a variety of written and text materials;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment, a personal computer, and operate a motor vehicle;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, agility, and physical strength and reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work in an office environment and restrain an individual in custody.

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.