Release - July 15, 2002
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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Holland, Director of Communications
COURT PROBATION DEPARTMENT
Probation Department of the Norfolk Superior Court recently marked
the recertification of its department. The recertification process
measures the effectiveness of probation officers and their ability
to monitor offenders in the community.
is conducted by eight regional supervisors who spend the day in
the court, auditing randomly selected files from each probation
officer’s caseload. Each probation officer is rated on their competence
in classifying a probationer’s risk to the community, ensuring an
offender complies with a judge’s orders, and regularly meeting with
probationers. A probation department qualifies for recertification
if it scores 85 percent or better. The Norfolk Superior Court Probation
Department received a score of 88.1 percent. The recertification
is effective through 2004.
Superior Court’s Probation Department includes Chief Probation Officer
Edward F. Siudut, two Assistant Chief Probation Officers, six probation
officers who monitor 554 adult offenders. Norfolk Superior operates
several programs which benefit both the offender and the community
Norfolk Superior Court Probation Department has a long and proud
tradition of excellence , and this most recent certification serves
to confirm the outstanding work that his being accomplished here
by an exceptional group of truly dedicated individuals,” said Siudut.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are also 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court,
and 12 Probate and Family Court probation offices throughout the
Commonwealth. Probation’s Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions
which represent every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner
of Probation (OCP) also serves as the central administrative office
for the Office of Community Corrections.