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State of Georgia Job Description

Job Title: Probation Surveillance Officer
Job Code: 17501
Last Update: 10/1/2000
Salary Plan: SWD
Pay Grade: 011
Salary Minimum: $24,322.01/yr
Market Midpoint: $33,482.99/yr
Salary Maximum: $42,643.98/yr
Additional Job Statistics...
Company: 467




Job Responsibilities and Performance Standards:


1 Monitors probationer's compliance with applicable rules and regulations as established. (Performed by all incumbents)
   ** Provides round-the-clock surveillance of probationers by making unscheduled/unannounced home, telephone, and field contacts ensuring program compliance.
   ** Monitors progress of probationer and provides instruction as appropriate.
   ** Verifies employment, job search, or school attendance through site visits or other means.
   ** Assists in searches of probationer residence, person, and/or property as instructed. Makes on the spot decisions to search based upon observations during surveillance, in accordance with the techniques and legalities of search and seizure.
   ** Closely observes probationer and surroundings during all contacts, seeking indicators of non-compliance with established rules and regulations.
   ** Performs alcohol/drug screens according to established procedures.
   ** Assists with searches to determine probationer's illicit or prohibited use of computers.
   ** In emergency situations, makes independent decisions to perform summary arrest of probationer based upon severity of non-compliance and potential risk to public safety discovered during field monitoring.
   ** Confirms accuracy of sex offender registration, if applicable, and assists SPS officer in monitoring the register.
   ** Conducts office contacts with probationers in the absence of the supervising officer.
   ** Frequent travel by car throughout the assigned judicial circuit.

2 Performs court-related duties. (Performed by all incumbents)
   ** Prepares, or aids in the preparation of, accurate court documentation (delinquent reports, warrants, petitions to toll, petitions to revoke probation, orders to return to probation, etc.).
   ** Attends court to obtain case history information, ensuring the probationer understands and signs the "Conditions of Probation." Ensures that probationer is informed of assigned Probation Officer and reporting requirements.
   ** Testifies in court as to probation violations, providing the courts with documentation and information to substantiate violations.

3 Performs administrative duties. (Performed by all incumbents)
   ** Thoroughly and accurately documents cases in accordance with established policies and procedures.
   ** Gathers information and documents as necessary to achieve appropriate supervision levels and strategies for assigned cases.
   ** Completes reports and other paperwork in a timely manner.
   ** Appropriately answers telephone inquiries from various sources such as law enforcement and service agencies, offenders and their families, attorneys, and judges.
   ** Attends IPS/SPS annual in-service and other training to obtain necessary skills to effectively monitor and provide surveillance to specialized probation cases, especially sex offenders and child abusers.
   ** Maintains required certifications.
   ** Ensures that vehicles, equipment, and supplies are properly operated, maintained, and documented as applicable.

4 Performs related law enforcement duties. (Performed by all incumbents)
   ** From the assigned probation office, monitors the collection of fees, fines, restitution, and other court-ordered monies and enforces payment requirements.
   ** Accompanies and/or provides security for other staff as necessary.
   ** Schedules and performs drug testing as required and accurately completes related documentation (chain of custody forms, logs, etc.). Provides pertinent information to staff.
   ** Participates in the arrest or transport of offenders according to established policies and procedures.
   ** Assists with and performs investigations as required.
   ** Works in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.
   ** Assists in searches of probationer residence, person, and/or property as instructed. Makes on-the-spot decisions to search based upon observations during surveillance, in accordance with the techniques and legalities of search and seizure.
   ** Assists with searches to determine probationer's illicit or prohibited use of computers.
   ** In emergency situations, makes independent decisions to perform summary arrest of probationer based upon the severity of non-compliance and potential risk to public safety discovered during field monitoring.


Entry Qualifications:


One year of full-time experience as a police officer in a field setting with a recognized law enforcement agency or unit, OR Two years of full-time experience as a uniformed officer in a correctional setting, OR Two years of full-time experience in a field social service setting which involved such duties as home visitations, case management, etc., OR Completion of at least an Associate Degree in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or a directly related field and one year of full-time experience in a position with the responsibility and authority to resolve conflicts or disputes between parties as a regular and significant part of the job, OR Completion of at least an Associate Degree in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or adirectly related field and one year of full time experience in a position with responsibility and authority to investigate and determine compliance with court orders, rules/regulations and laws as a regular and significant part of the job. Note: At the time of hire, all candidates for this job must possess a valid Class C driver's license. Necessary legal requirement: Incumbents in this job are by law considered to be peace officers. Therefore, applicants for this job must meet the standards prescribed by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. All Probation Surveillance Officer incumbents must be firearms certified.

Preferred Qualifications:


Six months experience as a surveillance officer. One year of full-time experience as a supervisor over police officers in a field law enforcement setting. Two years of full-time experience as a law enforcement field training officer. Two years of full-time experience as a police officer in a field setting with a recognized law enforcement agency or unit and completion of an associate's degree in any field. Knpwledge of. amd experience using. computer technology. For some positions preference will be given to applicants who are bilingual. For some positions, preference will also be given for familiarity with the operations of the local judicial circuit.

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