Probation officers play a role in criminal justice systems by supervising offenders released from prison on temporary release.
If you are placed on probation, your probation officer will:
- monitor your activities
- help you deal with problems, such as drug and alcohol addiction
- let the court know of any problems they see in your behaviour
- encourage you to get help for emotional problems, such as anger management
A probation officer assesses the risk an offender may pose to the community, and how that risk may be limited.
They protect the public and reduce crime by:
- reducing the risk of re-offending
- helping offenders back into the community
- reporting back to the courts if there are any compliance issues
- making them aware of the consequence the offence has on the victims and the public
- working with offenders before, during and after they are sentenced
- preparing court reports and supervising offenders in the community