Probation officers have become a significant piece of the puzzle for reducing recidivism rates and achieving community safety. They are the professionals who are tasked with assessing the risk of the offender to the community and for identifying the needs of the offender so as to ensure a successful reintegration back into the community.
Probation officers are often said to “wear many hats,” meaning that they often serve to provide guidance, mentoring, supervision, and direction to offenders, and they must work to address issues that may affect a successful outcome. They reinforce positive behavior and encourage change of their offenders, all the while ensuring that community safety is preserved.
How Probation Helps Ensure the Safety of the Public
Community safety is achieved in a number of ways: