Roles of a Juvenile Probation Officer
Professor Katherine Hickman
Fresno State University
Feb 23, 2011
The Juvenile Court process is a very complex and often
misunderstood system. This information is presented from the rules of
Fresno County, (Fresno California), and provides the role and
responsibilities of the Office of Juvenile Probation.
According to Gabriel , Fresno County Juvenile Probation
Officer Fresno County’s Juvenile Probation Officers are responsible
for the guidance and supervision of juveniles between the ages of 10
through 19 years of age that were either referred by local law
Enforcement agencies or private citizens as a result of having
committed a crime which is considered to be a misdemeanor or a
felony. Additionally, probation officers insure that juveniles who are
placed on probation abide by their probation rules, receive appropriate
Court related services, are referred to other community services when
necessary and coordinate with schools, agencies, employment/training
programs and other services within the community.
All juveniles referred in Fresno County are processed through the
Juvenile Court Intake Unit. The Juvenile Intake Officer is responsible
for screening and investigating the referral, determining the method of
handling and making referrals to other agencies when appropriate.
Roles of a Juvenile Probation Officer this process usually involve not only an
Interview with the child, but with the parents, and school personnel.
Probation officers can perform any function assigned to him or her by the court. Their most common duties are to supervise offenders placed on supervision, and to investigate offender's personal and criminal history for the Court prior to sentencing. Probation officers are also required to possess excellent oral and written communication skills and a broad knowledge...