Job Description of a Parole Officer: Parole officers are employed only in the Division of Parole and are primarily assigned to area field offices or temporary release units within a geographic region of the state. Parole officers provide supervision, guidance and control over an assigned caseload of parolees, and both assist in the resolution of their problems, and determine their conditions of parole and their degree of compliance with them. A small number of parole officers are assigned to special programs which are described at the end of this job description. Parole officers can be reassigned between functions and are expected to be able to perform all the basic duties of the position as required. A parole officer guides and direct parolees during their period of adjustment from incarceration to normal community life, investigates and takes appropriate action concerning possible parole violations, new crimes and other unacceptable behavior, and represents the agency at hearings, concerning alleged violations. Under the Differential Supervision Program, the size of the caseload will vary in relation to the period of time the releasee has successfully completed under supervision. The activities include continuous counseling, direction and supervision over those offenders assigned to their supervision. They provide and obtain information, solve problems, affect positive behavior and monitor compliance with the law. Discussions with relatives, friends, law enforcement and social service agencies, employers, concerning the parolees or inmates are also common. The parole officers receive direct assistance with their cases from their supervisors and are required to prepare detailed reports concerning case activities. As peace officers, parole officers are trained in the use of firearms and deadly physical force and are prepared to apprehend and arrest violators. They must be certified as peace officers by the Division of Criminal Justice Services and must pass a mandatory training program approved by the Municipal Police Training Council during the course of their probationary service. Parole officers are additionally required to successfully complete annual in-service training during their entire term of service within the division. Parole officers conduct individual, group and family counselling. They are the primary therapists employed to treat clients. In general, they engage clients and their families in therapeutic activities designed to reverse criminal attitudes as well as to reverse negative behavior trends that have resulted in dysfunctional behavior. A major task is to assist clients in developing a comprehensive program of vocational rehabilitation that can lead to stable employment, thereby assisting reentry into and continuance in the community. In accomplishing this latter goal, they secure information relative to employment and training and maintain a liaison with the public and private agencies and businesses that will promote the placement of parolees. The parole officer develops practical goals with clients through counseling techniques aimed at providing her clients with a realistic awareness of their skills, interests and aptitudes in juxtaposition to a realistic awareness of the world of work in their community.