To perform a wide variety of probation casework, provide preventative and rehabilitative services to adult probationers and juvenile offenders in field and institutional settings; and to perform related work as required.

Deputy Probation Officer is a professional journey level sworn peace officer class in the series. Under general supervision, Deputy Probation Officers utilize evidence based intervention strategies and programs, conduct investigations, write reports for the court, and supervise probationers focusing on an offender's risks and needs in an effort to change behavior to reduce recidivism. Positions in this class are only found in the Probation Department.

The complete Deputy Probation Officer series includes the following:

Deputy Probation Officer (Class No. 005065)
Senior Probation Officer (Class No. 005090)
Supervising Probation Officer (Class No. 005115)
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES The examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.Essential Functions:

  1. Investigates the background, character, family history, and environment of juveniles and adults referred to the Juvenile Court and Probation Department.
  2. Writes detailed case history reports that include all information necessary to be used by the Court in the disposition of juvenile and adult cases.
  3. Develops case plans and makes recommendations to the Court for the rehabilitation, supervision, and placement of juveniles and adult probationers.
  4. Performs case management role including assessment, planning, linking, monitoring and advocacy for juveniles and adults on an assigned caseload.
  5. Prepares court reports, and other legal documents in connection with actions such as stepparent adoptions.
  6. Uses risk and needs assessment instruments.
  7. Conducts arrests and fourth waiver searches.
  8. Makes field contacts in the home and community.
  9. Collaborates with other law enforcement agencies to perform field work.
  10. Supervises and counsels individuals in the intake process in a juvenile institution.
  11. Supervises, counsels, supports and encourages successful completion of probation of juvenile and adult probationers.

Non-Essential Functions:

  1. May function in a lead capacity in the absence of a Senior Probation Officer, or in operations involving routinized process.
  2. May act as a witness in court.


  • Interview and investigative techniques
  • Evidence based behavioral science principles and their application to casework
  • Report writing principles including rules of correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure
  • Federal, State, and local criminal justice laws, regulations, codes and ordinances pertinent to adult and juvenile detention and probation work
  • Law enforcement and related legal terminology
  • Case management methods and techniques
  • Community-based policing
  • Familiarization between law enforcement and community resident
  • Federal, State, and local criminal justice system operations and services
  • Human behavior, theories of crime and criminology
  • County customer service objectives and strategies
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
  • Current technology and trends in the profession

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Read, comprehend and appropriately apply laws, regulations and policies
  • Observe and record events accurately and concisely
  • Interpret aberrant behavior of individuals and groups
  • Read, analyze and retain information of a factual or procedural nature
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with people of various educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Write clear, accurate and concise reports
  • Use word processing and computer application programs and equipment in the production of work
  • Counsel individuals and groups
  • Exercise appropriate judgment
  • Assess situations to prevent or solve problems and take appropriate course of action
  • Apply collaborative problem solving
  • Prepare and provide testimony in court
  • Engage and establish professional rapport with sometimes reticent individuals
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Provides responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner

Desirable Traits Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change


Education and/or Experience

Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above. Required education/experience:

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age by the time of appointment; AND,
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency; AND,
  1. One (1) year of full-time work experience as a Correctional Deputy Probation Officer, or equivalent position in a correctional facility ; OR,
  2. One (1) year of full-time work experience in a sworn position in a criminal justice agency; OR,
  3. One (1) year of full-time work experience providing functions of treatment counseling and performing duties related to case management.


  • A degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, or Social Welfare is highly desirable
  • Positions in this classification are Peace Officers as defined in Section 830 of the California Penal Code, and must meet employment guidelines and standards established by the Commission for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), the provisions of Sections 1029 and 1031 of the California Government Code, and STC Selection and Training Standards as contained in Title 15, Section 100-358, California Code of Regulations
  • Requires a valid Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) certificate and ability to carry a firearm are required and must be maintained throughout your employment.



Required licenses, certifications and registrations must be maintained throughout employment in this class.


A valid California Class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle. Appointees must have the ability to obtain a Class B driver's license.


Incumbents are required to complete the Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) certification Deputy Probation Officer Core within one (1) year of appointment.

Requires a valid Police Officer Standard Training (POST) certificate and ability to carry a firearm are required and must be maintained throughout your employment.
SPECIAL NOTES Working Conditions

Employees are assigned to regular and rotating shifts which may include day, swing and/or nights as well as weekend and holiday shifts. Probation Officers may be assigned to correctional institutions located in remote areas, may be exposed to inmates and probationers that exhibit hostile, abusive, or aggressive behavior and may be required to physically restrain them when necessary. Office environment; exposure to computer screens. Essential Physical Characteristics The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

  • Vision correctable to at least 20/30; glasses/hard lenses minimum 20/100 uncorrected; no minimum uncorrected visual acuity for soft lenses
  • Frequent standing, sitting, bending and stooping, twisting of waist, side-to-side turning of neck
  • Fine finger dexterity to operate keyboards and writing materials
  • Continuous upward and downward flexion of neck
  • Identifying auditory inputs; identifying and distinguishing various visual and audio inputs; accurately identifying and distinguishing colors; accurately identifying and distinguishing the smell of different chemicals and materials
  • Giving verbal commands in a loud, clear, and understandable voice
  • Running fast for short distances
  • Exerting physical force for minutes at a time
  • Jumping across or over objects
  • Climbing various structures
  • Applying physical force against individuals
  • Standing, walking, or sitting for long periods of time
  • Lifting 150 pounds to waist level and dragging up to 200 pounds 50 feet

Background Investigation

Must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Felony convictions will be disqualifying. Misdemeanor convictions may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and recency. Prior to appointment, candidates will be subject to a thorough background investigation which may include a psychological, truth verification or other examination or test. Must be found by a licensed physician to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental conditions which might adversely affect exercising the powers of a peace officer. PROBATIONARY PERIOD AND CLASS HISTORY
Incumbents appointed to permanent positions in this classification shall serve a probationary period of 12 months.