Deputy Probation Officer
Salary: $22.00-$26.85 hourly / $3,826-$4,670 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, provides professional
casework services to adult and juvenile offenders and their
families; supervises and rehabilitates adult and juvenile offenders;
conducts pre-sentencing investigations; carries out special
assignments; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Deputy Probation Officer (DPO) is
the entry-/journey-level class responsible for providing
professional probation casework services to adult and juvenile
offenders. It is distinguished from Deputy Probation Officer, Senior
in that the latter is the lead worker job class.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Conducts investigations which include interviewing adult or
juvenile offenders, their families and interested individuals, and
reviewing documents such as police reports, court transcripts and
criminal records; makes assessments regarding the nature of the
individual's environmental, employment, financial or domestic
difficulties as they apply to the case; makes recommendations for
sentencing and disposition of probationer; prepares probation plans.
2. Assures that terms and conditions of probation are complied with;
coordinates case management with representatives of criminal justice
and social service agencies in cases of mutual interest by providing
and receiving information on case investigation and status; advises
and makes referrals of adults, juveniles, or their families to
available community resources to aid in solving their psychosocial
problems; monitors and evaluates probationer's progress; makes
written and oral recommendations to the courts for continuance or
dismissal of probation status, or to return probationer to the
3. Makes arrests and conducts vehicle, building, and body searches
as necessary and authorized; observes, collects and examines urine
samples; administers chemical, skin, and eye/pupil checks for
illegal substances or alcohol abuse; transports adult and juvenile
offenders when necessary.
4. Carries an assigned caseload involving adult and juvenile
offenders; prepares petitions, correspondence, case histories,
regular and special reports, and maintains case files; monitors
payment records to ensure-court ordered collection of fines, fees,
and restitution is carried out; conducts civil investigations and
may conduct juvenile traffic hearings.
5. May train colleagues in a specialized area of expertise.
1. Possession of a bachelor's degree that included 27 quarter units
or 18 semester units of coursework in sociology, psychology,
criminology, or a related field; or,
2. completion of 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of college
coursework, including 14 quarter or 9 semester units in sociology,
psychology, criminology, or a related field and two years of
experience performing duties equivalent to Probation Assistant or
Juvenile Institutions Officer with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Candidates must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in
California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031, including but not
limited to: no one currently on probation for a misdemeanor; no
prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned); good moral
character as determined by thorough background investigation;
submission of fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check;
and found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental
condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace
Additional qualifications: The ability to read, write, and converse
fluently in English and Spanish is required for some positions.
License: Some positions may require possession of a valid California
Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment. Incumbents must
be able to travel independently.
Citizenship: United States citizenship or permanent resident alien
status is required. A permanent resident alien must be eligible for
and have applied for citizenship.
Training: Unless previously completed, candidates must complete and
successfully pass a Probation Officer Core Training course within
the first year of employment. (This five-week course may be held
outside the County.) Additional physical training, such as unarmed
defensive tactics, may be required for assignment to some units.
Firearms Qualification: Carrying a firearm is not required, and most
DPOs do not carry firearms. In some assignments, however, such as
those in which the clients are gang members or violent felons,
officers may wish to carry a firearm for their own protection. In
such cases, officers may exercise their right to request to carry a
department-issued firearm, subject to successful completion of
department-required training and approval by the Chief Probation
Officer. Assignment to certain units requires training of all
officers in the use of firearms, whether or not individual officers
choose to carry one. As a DPO promotes through the career series to
the senior or supervisory level, he or she may be required
(depending on assignment) to undergo firearms training and quarterly
qualification at the firing range, even if the individual chooses
not to carry a firearm.
Basic knowledge of: socioeconomic, psychosocial, and cultural
influences on individual behavior.
Knowledge of: correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation,
sentence structure, and paragraphing; basic arithmetic; standard
computer applications used in an office.
Ability to: establish and maintain effective and constructive
relationships with probationers from a variety of cultural and
socioeconomic backgrounds; observe and record events and
information; interpret behavior patterns; make appropriate
referrals; work cooperatively with others; read, understand, and
apply relevant laws; analyze information in order to make sound,
objective decisions; work well under pressure; communicate
effectively both orally and in writing; interview and elicit
information from others; organize work and files; perform basic
arithmetical calculations; learn casework objectives and
investigation techniques; learn probation laws regarding
investigations; learn to read and understand financial and
accounting statements; learn, apply, and teach departmental
procedures; use a computer keyboard.