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Deputy Probation Officer

Salary: $22.00-$26.85 hourly / $3,826-$4,670 monthly / Range: 5530

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.


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 judicial system.
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 officer.

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.

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