Probation & Parole Officer Duties

The Division of Probation and Parole ensures that its officers are properly trained and have the abilities specific to offender supervision.

While public attention often focuses on prisons, the majority of offenders supervised by the Idaho Department of Correction are not incarcerated.

Community supervision and interventions are more cost effective than prison for lower-risk offenders. The focus for community corrections is to lower risk through treatment and programming.


Probation and parole officers receive specialized training at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy.  Once probation and parole officers successfully complete academy, they are POST-certified peace officers for the State of Idaho.  Pr

Probation and parole officers also participate in quarterly training in a variety of areas, including safety protocols, firearms, arrest techniques, policy reviews and other related topics.

Helpful Links

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

Peace Officer and Standards Training (POST) Academy

IDOC Job Openings


Offenders on probation or parole, living in our neighborhoods and working in our local businesses, require supervision and guidance to keep them focused on the goal of overcoming the criminogenic factors that involved them in the criminal justice system. 

Probation and parole officers assist offenders in meeting this goal and enforcing individual requirements set forth by courts and the Commission of Pardons and Parole.  

Officers are required to assess the individual risk of offenders and assign them to an appropriate supervision level. Probation and parole officer duties include:

  • conducting home visits,  
  • curfew checks and employment verifications,
  • coordination of services with treatment providers,
  • collection of cost of supervision and restitution payments,
  • testifying in court proceedings,
  • investigating alleged violations,
  • filing reports of violation with the court or the Commission of Pardons and Parole.
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