Massachusetts Probation Service
Massachusetts Probation Service Fact Sheet
Description and Qualifications
Applications must be received by:
probation officer, under the direct supervision of the chief probation
officer, first assistant chief probation officer, or assistant chief
probation officer, investigates thoroughly offender personal history,
background and environment; reports findings to the court and is
prepared to make appropriate recommendations on dispositions; periodically
interviews probationers to determine the effectiveness of probation
supervision and areas in which casework counseling are needed; refers
probationers to social resources in the community for assistance
in rehabilitation; enforces court orders; recommends revoking
of probation and/or modification of court orders when necessary.
Performs all assigned duties relating to cases scheduled for appearance
Assists as needed in courtroom procedure during court sessions.
Plans office activities, conferences, and field visits in connection
with investigation and supervision functions.
Maintains accurate and up-to-date case records in a neat and legible
Prepares and submits monthly statistical and performance reports
on the status of individual caseload.
Makes interagency contacts with department heads, division heads
and subordinates on matters of policy and procedure.
Gathers and evaluates data pertinent to individual cases in connection
with both investigation and supervision. Such data may include information
about the offender's home, school, church, neighborhood, and about
relevant social agencies.
Following court policy has responsibility for monitoring payment
orders of the court, e.g., restitution, fines, support orders, etc.
Maintains own workbook listing information and contact with probationers.
Conducts counseling interviews with assigned cases according to
approved counseling techniques in order to determine and clarify
probationer problems; suggests constructive methods for addressing
such problems; and consults with supervisor when necessary.
Contacts public and private community agencies to secure their aid
in attempting to solve probationer's problems. Continuing and ongoing
relationships with agencies are expected.
Following a thorough and complete evaluation, refers probationers
to community agencies that offer specialized services that are required
for a particular individual's needs.
Contacts collateral sources for information to evaluate or verify
current information on probationer's adjustment.
Establishes an ongoing relationship with probationers in order to
carry out the orders of the court.
Uses special skills and techniques that may be necessary in the
performance of his/her duties.
all orders handed down by the court.
Carefully documents facts and testifies in court with respect to
the probationer's activities, behavior and quality of adjustment
while under supervision.
Following established legal procedures, brings alleged violations
of the probationer to the attention of the court and/or brings a
probationer before the court as required.
when circumstances warrant modification of court orders and initiates
the necessary action to procure a decision by the court on such
Conducts investigations, prepares appropriate reports focused on
the "why" of the individual's behavior, and is prepared to make
recommendations based on these investigations.
Represents the Judges, chief probation officer, and other court
officials in many phases of meeting the public.
various public relations activities, such as addressing community
groups, participating in conferences, panels, etc., of other agencies.
Plays an important part as consultant in the social planning of
assigned, performs such other duties as may be directed by the Judge
or Chief Probation Officer in accordance with the standards of the
Probation Service and any specialized needs of the court.
subject to assignment by the Chief Justice for Administration and
Management among the various Departments
and Divisions of the Trial Court.
A minimum of one (1) year full-time experience
in human or allied services
A graduate degree in the behavioral sciences, education, administration,
management, law, or criminal justice may be substituted for the
above experience, if the candidate also possesses a bachelor's degree
in accordance with the education requirement.
bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
The provision contained in the line experience shall not operate
to disqualify any person serving as a temporary probation officer
at the time of promulgation of this standard, provided he/she is
not serving his/her initial ninety-(90)-day temporary appointment
and providing further he/she is otherwise qualified.
Trial Court Applications for
Employment should be forwarded to:
Court Applications for Employment are available at all court locations and at the Administrative Office.
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