Probation & Parole Officer Duties

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

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

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

Training

Probation and parole officers receive specialized training at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy as well as a 9-12 month on-the-job training regimen called the Training and Coaching (TAC) Program.  Once probation and parole officers successfully complete academy and the TAC Program, they are POST-certified peace officers for the State of Idaho.

Probation and parole officers also participate in continuing education and training, including firearms, arrest techniques, policy reviews, communication styles, assessment tools and other related topics.

Helpful Links

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

Peace Officer and Standards Training (POST) Academy

IDOC Job Openings

Duties

Probation and Parole Officers support clients in making long lasting and positive changes in their lives while living in the community.  Their focus is on achieving successful outcomes for clients during and beyond supervision.  They work towards achieving this goal by collaborating with clients through a balance of community safety, accountability, mentoring, coaching, and community connection.

Probation and Parole officers bring about long-term behavior change through meaningful interactions with clients and connecting them with training, resources, and education to support their success.  Officers conduct risk/needs assessments to identify areas of opportunity and work with clients to address criminogenic behaviors and develop healthy relationships with prosocial support systems. 

Community safety is not only enhanced through structure and accountability, it is achieved by developing professional working relationships founded on trust, open communication, and a genuine interest in success.  Officers conduct individualized case management activities that include home visits, employment verifications and compliance monitoring activities.  They ensure clients remain on track and in compliance with the terms of their supervision by collaborating with treatment providers and a network of community resources.  The relationship between officer and provider is key to ensuring clients receive the appropriate level of care.

Probation and Parole officers also serve as liaisons to the courts and commission by maintaining open lines of communication through the submission of various types of reports, testifying in legal proceedings, enforcing restitution agreements, and even recommending clients for early discharge.

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