This position works under general direction and is responsible for supervising a misdemeanor probation caseload according to state/federal laws and internal policies and procedures; will have regular contact with offenders, government officials, court personnel, and other probation staff. This employee is responsible for all departmental equipment and supplies, as well as all property/evidence that is held in civil and criminal cases. This position is responsible for processing and maintaining all records relating to arrested juvenile persons including fingerprints, photographs, and other related material. This position also maintains fingerprints and photographs on adults and juveniles as required by the Jonesboro Police Department Policy.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:
This position works under the general supervision of the police Administration Supervisor. The job functions are clearly understood and need no explanation in carrying out the essential functions of the position. Supervision is given for special projects or requests are made. This position requires a high degree of accuracy in processing identification information, criminal backgrounds of citizens, and in the handling of drugs, firearms, money, and other property that is brought into the department. Errors or mistakes in the identification of mug shots and fingerprints can have serious consequences and possible lawsuits to the city.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Job responsibilities include supervision of misdemeanant probationers ensuring their compliance with court mandates by reviewing court conditions, meeting with probationer face to face or via telephone.
- Collects court fines and fees.
- Reviews multiple reports as required and/or necessary to ensure probationers are compliant per City policy and/or local office policy.
- Prepares and/or collects data for revocation hearing for the appropriate jail or court. May be required to attend and participate in violation of probation - hearings concerning cases supervised.
- Updates probation records system with probationer compliance information, progress, and related information. Prepares cases to be modified by reviewing the file and completing appropriate forms. Prepares Violation of Probation Report/warrants weekly and submits to the courts after prior review/approval by supervisor or designated office representative.
- Submits cases to be closed on time according to court mandates and company policy.
- Completes annual audit compliance report for the County and Municipal Probation Council. Conducts drug/alcohol tests as needed or assigned.
- May attend court/jail to assist with the intake process. May act as a liaison between the courts and consults with local judges to discuss a particular case or individual client. May assist in the on-the-job training of new probation officers by serving as a mentor.
- Conducts case audits of caseload to ensure compliance with company rules and standards as needed. Travel may be required.
- May be required to install house arrest/alcohol monitoring equipment on probationers. Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Chief of Police or immediate supervisor.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs other related functions as assigned.
- Must have completed a two-year college course of study with a degree from an accredited university or have 90 quarter hours/ 60 semester hours from an accredited university or four (4) years’ experience as a certified law enforcement officer who is in good standing with the Georgia POST Council. An Associate’s degree or higher degree from an accredited university is preferred as well as experience in probation, parole or law enforcement.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- The successful applicant must be able to pass the State of Georgia County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council application process and be approved for probation officer certification before employment. Must be able to complete a Civil Service written examination, background investigation, and oral examination, graph examinations, and drug screening.
- Must be able to complete the 40-hour basic probation officer training within six (6) months of employment. Must be certified in the use of firearms.
- Must complete 20 hours of annual probation continuing education.
- Successfully pass a criminal background check with no felony conviction.
- Valid Georgia Driver's License.
- All certified peace officers will be required to meet the minimum annual training requirements as directed by the Georgia POST Council
The Chief Probation Officer assigns work in terms of departmental goals and objectives. The work is reviewed in terms of the effectiveness of meeting objectives.
SCOPE AND EFFECT:
The need for accuracy and effective utilization of available resources is high. Errors in judgment could cause disruptions to the City’s mission and adversely impact the attainment of the City’s goals.
Contacts are with an assigned supervisor, co-workers, city employees, occasional suspects/arrestees, and the general public to give and receive and process information.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The employee works in an office environment, normally seated, but routinely leaves the workstation to bring probationers to the office or to monitor random drug and alcohol tests. Must be able to manipulate hands and arms to lift light books, boxes or files weighing no more than ten pounds and operate a computer keyboard. Required to make court appearances when necessary. This position spends most work time within the Jonesboro Police facilities; may occasionally ride with Chief Probation Officer to the Sheriff’s Office.