Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince announced this year’s annual Probation Service Week will be taking place from July 19 – July 25, to honor probation professionals who work to keep communities safe. At its July 14 meeting, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved a Proclamation honoring the professionals who work in Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Services, according to a press release.

According to Assistant Chief Probation Officer Elizabeth Sais, “Probation is about motivating behavioral change to ensure public safety. Additionally, Probation staff have been a force throughout the community helping those in need including the Meals on Wheels program and Homeless Task Force during this pandemic”.

According to the release, Probation has proven to be successful in multiple facets of the juvenile and criminal justice system. Probation is committed to transforming lives of clients to stop the cycle of crime and create safer communities. Apart from providing scientifically proven care to clients, Probation works alongside community groups to connect clients with resources and programs they need to grow successfully.

In Imperial County, probation populations have been reduced not only through imposing sanctions but by promoting success using positive reinforcement.

In a proclamation commemorating Probation Services Week from Governor Newsom it states, “Probation Departments have a profound impact on the safety and health of our communities by working to reduce recidivism through evidence-based programming and supervision. Probation’s success ensures that our state’s communities are a safer environment for all Californians to live and prosper. This week, I encourage all Californians to join me in recognizing Probation’s immense contributions to our communities and state.”

Probation officers and staff are dedicated to serving communities and helping clients end the cycle of crime through the use of evidence-based practices and programming that are proven to reduce recidivism. The progress and success of Probation in California is based on the commitment to providing quality supervision, supports, and services to clients, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. To continue supervising clients as safely as possible, Probation has adopted guidelines recommended by county and health officials and informed by the latest data, according to the release.

During Probation Service Week it is important to recognize probation officers and staff for their dedication to their clients and community regardless of the challenge.

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