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Old 01-10-2013, 01:34 AM
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I will be interning this Summer for a local probation department. I am wondering, if I make it into a career, will I have the choice of working in the juvenile or adult? Pros and Cons to each?

My dad was insisting that I wouldn't deal well with the adults, but I'd like to prove him wrong if I have to. My dad had this crazy idea if some1 pointed a firearm at me that I wouldn't know what to do.

If I'm selected for the job would I go through this academy training? Also, I'm pretty light 140 lbs and 5.9ft but im in shape.

For the most part, I don't think I'd be in dangerous situations where I could get shot?


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Old 01-11-2013, 08:12 AM
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Probation departments vary wildly by jurisdiction. Juvenile probation and adult probation are two distinct entities and have their own hiring processes. Some probation depts are certifed officers and some are not. Some are unarmed, some are social workers with guns, while others run very high speed operations that have their own entry teams and actively track down probation violators. Probation work can be very dangerous, particularly when you are dealing with convicted criminals who know they will be going back to prison based on what is in your written report.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:51 AM
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Seriously....I might be more afraid of juveniles than adults if it were me. You should know what you are getting into, hopefully your internship will be eye opening, it's likely though you'll just be doing their paperwork....Be safe.

Last edited by JanND; 01-11-2013 at 08:52 AM.. Reason: added text
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:15 AM
Location: Wilmington Delaware
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As was covered in prior postings, probation work can vary greatly from region to region. A good deal of the work deals with seeing the probationers in the office. Field work is conducted in two person teams most of the time. An intern would not be sent out alone on an assignment. When the officers are in pursuit of a wanted felon they have the option of acquiring police support. Studies have shown that one third of the people are compliant, one third violate, and one third can go either way. It can be interesting work. A good department will have procedures in place to provide some level of officer safety.
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