Jacey TurmelMr.WoodwardCriminal Justice22 December 2017A parole officer is someone in the criminal justice system who supervises offenders who have been released from prison but remain on parole. I decided to choose this as my job in the criminal justice field because I enjoy helping others in need. I believe this job will give me one on one time with troubled individuals in order to build positive relationships with them. This will hopefully increase their chances at living a successful life outside of a penitentiary, decreasing the chances of them going back.
I know I wouldn’t be able to change the ways of everyone, but a successful rehabilitation in a single person is a big difference. A parole officer’s role in the law requires lots of maturity and mental strength. Not everyone is able to be a probation officer, and not can everyone meet the constant challenges they will face.For the offenders who choose to continue their involvement in criminal conduct or refuse to comply with court and parole board orders, a probation officer will have to investigate and document the violation. You may also need to interview witnesses and victims, and conduct search and seizure operations if need be. This may result in the arrest of the once prisoner, which could result in the offender returning to jail or prison.
You should take all reasonable efforts to keep the offender in the community, however, if the offender is a safety risk to the community, actions must be taken.As a parole and probation officer you will find yourself interacting with a wide range of offenders from sexual predators, gang members, drug addicts, the mentally impaired, violent prone individuals to sophisticated white-collar defendants. As an ambassador for the Division, you will work with other law enforcement agencies, social services agencies, employers, and family members. You will have frequent interaction with District Courts and the Parole Board. You will be involved in homeland security training and will play a role in national law enforcement efforts.
Most state or federal agencies require those applying for the job of a probation officer to hold a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, psychology, corrections, or social work. Although, some employers may require a master’s degree in the selected majors. In most states, parole officers must be at least 21 years old and have a driver’s license. Sessions of training and certified courses must be attended, and depending on what agency you work for, a probation officer may be required to carry a firearm on them. To become a parole officer, you will be interviewed, submit to a background check, take and pass a psychological exam, and take and pass a drug test.In the state of Tennessee, a probation officer’s median salary is $34,900.
Parole officers get tangible benefits, after 20 years they can retire, and they get paid time off. There are three different tiers in which parole officers are divided into. The first tier, requiring the least amount of experience, is the entry-level tier. The entry-level tier in the probation officers field requires skill development over the course of the first year in order to be promoted to tier two.
The second tier in this field is the job of a manger, and after three years of professional experience you can be promoted to supervisor.