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Probation And Parole Officer I

Annual Salary Range:
$29,976.00 – $41,940.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,249.00 – $1,747.50
Class Number: 
Pay Grade: 
Areas of Interest: 
College Graduates; Corrections & Youth Services
Exam Components: 
Written Examination, 60 %; Rating of Education & Experience, 40 %

This is entry-level professional work in the area of adult probation and parole.

This description may not include all of the duties, knowledge, skills, or abilities associated with this classification.
Examples of Work

Conducts investigations, under close supervision, of offender's home, work, and social environments for the circuit courts and/or the Board of Probation and Parole; collects and verifies data through the interview process and review of historical records; evaluates this information and incorporates into reports and records.

Assesses the needs and risk levels of offenders to determine appropriate supervision strategies such as individual counseling, or referral to internal programs or community resources to ensure effective offender management and public safety.

Maintains ongoing records of supervision activity and submits reports thereof to the designated legal authority.

Contacts offenders in their homes, places of employment, or places of confinement and counsels them regarding personal or adjustment problems.

Attends court, under the guidance of a supervisor, to receive court assignments and/or make reports.

Participates and assists in the vocational, educational, and social adjustment planning for all assigned offenders.

Cooperates with public and private agencies and law enforcement agencies in matters relating to assigned offenders.

Investigates offender violations, and under close supervision takes the appropriate action including the issuance of a warrant for an offender's arrest.

Prepares statistical and other reports of work activities.

Administers and/or observes breathalyzer and urinalysis testing on offenders.

Assists in conducting special investigations, research projects, and other activities as assigned.

Serves on committees and/or task forces within the Department and in the community.

Performs work under close supervision in the early stages of training by an administrative supervisor; however, as the employee becomes more experienced and demonstrates proficiency, the level of supervision becomes more general.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

Introductory knowledge of methods used to obtain reliable social and personal information and develop case histories.

Introductory knowledge of the general methods of social casework and job placement as applied to probation and parole work.

Introductory knowledge of human behavior, attitudes, motivation, and the ability to apply this knowledge to casework and the rehabilitation of criminal offenders.

Introductory knowledge of the causes of crime and the related issues of substance abuse and mental illness.

Ability to learn to conduct interviews with hostile or reluctant individuals.

Ability to implement plans of supervision with the client/offender.

Ability to initiate and maintain contact with victims of crime, the Parole Board, employers, social agencies, the courts, and the general public.

Ability to exercise authority in an appropriate and productive manner.

Ability to prepare accurate and complete case records and reports.

Ability to assess personal safety risks and to utilize existing safety policies and procedures in the performance of duties.

Ability to communicate information concisely, clearly, and accurately.

Special Requirement

Successful completion of safety training including defensive tactics and the ability to re-qualify annually.

Experience and Education

(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers. When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; and possession of a valid vehicle operator's license.

(Work experience as a Probation and Parole Assistant or Corrections Classification Assistant with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System, or work experience in substance abuse counseling or juvenile or social case management may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years of the required education.)

(Revised 1/1/07)