Good day to everyone! As I see my son/daughter, I assume that studies are great for everyone. I hope the teachers are not giving you a hard time. By the way, I am (name), (child’s name)’s father/mother. And I am here to give you a speech about the jobs with regard to probation, parole, and correctional duties. Now, what makes me a credible speaker about this matter? Who am I, in the first place? Well, if my son/daughter have not told you yet, I work for (name of agency), an agency that links the court with diversionary correctional programs.
Diversionary correctional programs are activities conducted by local or national government for people—be it adults or youths—who were proven guilty of a misconduct or a legal offense by the court. The program assigned to these individuals depends on the level of offense they made. Our agency’s job is to see to it that the programs these people are undergoing are appropriate and exactly what the court has ordered. For example, a young man who was proven of using prohibited drugs should undergo rehabilitation for drugs, above all else.
Also, it must be secured that this young man should continue his studies. Of course, he should not go to school immediately, but it must be guaranteed that he could still avail of public education when he is ready. As I’ve suggested, there are programs fit for every offense made. As a fulfillment to our job, our agency communicates with and takes orders from the court that gave the sentence for the specific individual. We are the ones who carry these orders to the departments, organizations, or institutions who hold the person.
We see to it that the court’s orders are strictly and religiously followed. Any defiance to the court order will be studied for implementation of just sanctions to the department or institution. Also, we serve as the person’s voice to the court. As we conduct visits to the department and institutions holding the person, we hear out his or her needs and carry it out to the court Speech on Career 3 to be studied and given due action. In addition, we consult to the department and institution holding the person, for they are the ones who monitor the individual more thoroughly.
We deem that they know better of the person’s needs and status. We also do more than just monitoring and communicating the court with the individual. We also review the financial status of the program and the stage the person is with regards to the program. Also, we provide consultation and technical assistance for the person’s case record management, community education, personnel development, fiscal planning, budget preparation, and project development. Yes, we do all those sorts of things.
Quite hard but still, we do it. The different folks working with us are the correctional treatment specialists, probation officers, and the parole officers, each playing different and important roles for people who were up against the law. Now let us start with the parole officers and the probation officers. These two kinds of people almost have the same jobs—two supervise offenders who were released by the court. And to know more the distinction between the two jobs, let us first differentiate “parole” and “probation. ”
Parole is when an offender is released temporarily from prison by the court. It happens when there is no enough evidence against the offender and the court requires ample time for acquisition of stronger evidences. Probation, on the other hand, is when an offender is temporarily released because of his or her good behavior while held by an institution or department. An offender in parole and probation are given limited things to do and places to go. His or her actions are monitored and supervised by parole and probation officers.
Parole and probation officers are the ones that ensure that the offenders under probation and parole Speech on Career 4 adhere to the orders given by the court. With this, they present reports to the court regarding the offenders development while they are temporarily released. A close eye to the offender is needed by probation and parole officers. That is why most probation and parole officers use high-tech tracking devices to oversee their subjects more extensively.
Included in these reports sent to the court are the results of the counseling the probation or parole officer has conducted with the offender in probation or parole. The officers are also asked to talk to the offenders’ relatives and friends regarding the changes the offender is undergoing and how he or she is coping with coming home again. With the report, the officers are also required to manage a periodic drug and alcohol screening for the offender. And, finally, the reports should also compromise of the officer’s suggested course of action after the probation and parole period.
Most importantly, to give the most appropriate suggestion of plan of action to the court, the officers assigned to an offender investigate thoroughly about the offender’s background. This is to ensure that that the offender would not again violate the law. Furthermore, there are four levels of probation and parole officers. These levels or ranks differ in the tasks to be done. Of course, the higher the level, the harder the tasks are. The stepping stone of all levels is the Level one. All officers above this level, I am quite sure, have experienced this level.
Level one of probation and parole officers are those that do what I have just said. They are the ones that are tasked to do the basic jobs of a parole officer or a probation officer. It is not easy to be a parole and probation officer. There are qualifications required for a citizen to even be a parole and probation officer in level one. First, an applicant must have sufficient knowledge about the rules, regulations, laws, policies, and procedures of the country’s law enforcement. Now this is essential because Speech on Career 5
probation officers and parole officers could also be considered law enforcer. If they do not have enough knowledge about the law, they will not be able to implement it well. Also, good interpersonal communication skills are needed by an applicant of a spot as probation and parole officer for he or she, as I have said, will be asked to talk to different kinds of people—from the assigned offenders’ families to their neighborhood. And officers are also tasked to transport urine and stool samples form the house of the offender to the laboratory whenever it is asked.
Yes, they also do that seemingly yucky job. But it is not that gross, once you’ve experienced it. Speaking of transporting, these officers are also tasked to And this is the fun part for most of you, kids. Most departments and institutions require knowledge in firearms because part of a probation and parole officers’ job is to go after offenders in parole and probation who are attempting on going beyond the perimeter the court has ordered for them to strictly stay in. These occurrences may require firearms because we are dealing with law violators here.
These are people who have violent tendencies. Of course, handling these kinds of tools demand responsibility. We are not allowed to shoot whenever we want, just like what most of the police we see on television shows. Now, moving on, another requisite for becoming a level one parole and probation officer is that an applicant should be computer literate. As I already said, parole officers and probation officers are the ones who prepare reports and pass them to the court.
This major task is completely impossible if an officer is computer illiterate. Probation and parole officers’ jobs are quite difficult. That is why if you dream of becoming one, you should not stop studying after high school and continue studying till college. A bachelor’s degree in any college or university—accredited, of course—including at least 24 hours of study in fields like sociology, psychology, social work, police science, Speech on Career 6 criminology are required by many departments and institutions.
After doing well as a Level One Probation Officer or Parole Officer, you are most likely to be a Level Two until you reach the Level Four, where you are most likely to be regarded as a superior or boss by the lower ranked officers. These are the basic things you should know about probation and parole officers. Now, let us talk about the correctional treatment specialists. These people are also called case managers. They are concerned more for the development of an offender after he or she was released or when he or she is no longer in probation.
These people work with parole and probation officers to make a release plan for an offender. Also, like parole and probation officers, correctional treatment specialists talk to the offenders themselves while they are still in probation, parole, or prison. It is also their task to talk to the offenders’ family and friends to know the law violator better. Correctional treatment specialists also need to keep a close eye on the offenders they are assigned to because they are the ones who plan specifically the course of action after these offenders are released.
And to do this properly, they must evaluate every change the law violator is undergoing—be it physical or psychological changes. Observing an offender is just a secondary job of a correctional treatment specialist. It is because their primary duty is to make a course of program for the offender based on their observations. If they deem that an offender is not likely to overcome drug addiction that easily, they are most likely to suggest a very intensive drug rehabilitation for the offender.
Those are the jobs that I am familiar with and I hope I have enlightened you, guys, well. Now, most may say that these sorts of career could only bear low earnings—that I admit. But there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing an offender going back to the right track. Thank you very much for listening and I hope to work with you in the near future. Speech on Career 7 Reference/s Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management. (2007, October 21). Probation and Parole Officer. Retrieved October 21, 2007 from http://www. opm. state. ok. us/jfd/i-specs/i40. htm