Probation/Parole Officer

Company: Social Development | Last Updated: August 17, 2018

Close date: 31 August 2018

Role Summary

The successful applicant will support the daily operations of the Probation/Parole Division through the supervision of parolees and juvenile offenders to ensure they adhere to their probation and parole conditions in accordance with the respective legislations.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Provide the courts with comprehensive psychosocial assessments of juvenile offenders and attend court to conduct interview, complete forms, instruct juvenile offenders on intake procedures and provide oral testimony where required.
  2. Refer juvenile offender to appropriate agencies and other community resources to ensure support and interact with the agencies on status and referrals of juvenile offenders.
  3. Instruct juvenile offenders on matters pertaining to the conditions of court orders and requirements of special programmes to ensure they are fully aware of what is required of them and monitor their progress to ensure compliance.
  4. Initiate counselling and provide support services to juvenile offender and parents to ensure support is put in place.
  5. Liaise with schools and other institutions that juvenile offenders attend to ensure a flow of information and transparency.
  6. Initiate and prepare correspondence to juvenile offenders as required to ensure compliance with court orders.
  7. Determine and document conditions of juvenile offenders’ violation and prepare revocation document for review by the Senior Probation Officer to ensure violations are recorded and dealt with.
  8. Maintain accurate and complete files for each juvenile offender, prepare regular progress reports and weekly / monthly reports on assigned caseload to ensure knowledge is recorded and stored for future reference.
  9. Develop community-based activities and encourage participation as an alternative to criminal involvement.
  10. Perform parole duties in accordance with section 20 of the Parole Act, 2009, including:
    1. Investigating and making reports to the Board on the employment and place of residence available to a person applying for release on license;
    2. Supervising persons released on license by the Governor;
    3. Preparing reports for the Board of persons released on license;
    4. Establish a parole plan for a person released on license;
    5. Performing the directives of the Board in relation to the persons released on license and any other duties as assigned by the Board.
  11. Perform any other duties as required by Supervisor or any other senior officers in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement or related field
  • Three (3) years’ experience in requisite field
  • Sound knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge of the principles and practices of the criminal justice system
  • Excellent knowledge of counselling and interviewing techniques
  • Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment
  • Sound oral and written communication skills
  • Sound interpersonal skills
  • Sound analytical and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure

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