Most offenders who receive a probation grant will be assigned to Standard Probation Supervision, monitored by a probation officer stationed in one of the department's four area offices. Standard Probation guidelines are contained in the statewide Conditions of Probation and are supplemented, as necessary, with special conditions tailored to the risks and needs presented by individual offenders. These risks and needs are determined through assessments gleaned from the Offender Screening Tool (OST), the Field Reassessment Offender Screening Tool (FROST), and other types of evaluations.
Probation Officer Responsibilities
Supervision levels are assigned based on the offender's risk of re-offending in the community and dictate the appropriate number of home and in-office contacts with the offender. Probation officers are responsible for maintaining complete records of offenders' compliance while on probation. Officers are also responsible for bringing defaulting probationers back to court and have the authority to make warrantless searches and arrests. The average caseload size for a Standard Probation officer is 65 offenders.
Protection of the community is a probation officer's primary concern, but research has shown that modifying an offender's behavior can be as important as surveillance.
To that end, the department offers offenders the opportunity to enter substance abuse programs, receive counseling for a variety of problems, engage in educational programs, and connect with a wide range of other resources in the social services network.
The Cochise County Adult Drug Court uses the coercive power of the courts to counter the often devastating effects of drugs on individuals and the community.
Intensive Probation Supervision was created as a prison diversion program for high-risk offenders.
The Interstate Compact is a federal agreement that provides guidelines for the transfer of offender supervision among all 50 states and most U.S. territories.
Pre-sentence investigations provide the court with important information about defendants and their offenses, prior to sentencing.