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Probation officers and what they do

Probation officers work with people who are on probation, or serving other non-custodial penalties, to help them make the changes needed to reduce the chances of re-offending.

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


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