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Resolution


Probation Officer Initiative
Enacted: Jan 2001

WHEREAS, juvenile probation as a function is of extreme importance to the success of the juvenile justice system;

WHEREAS, juvenile probation as a career is one which requires skills, dedication and caring;

WHEREAS, juvenile probation officers constitute the largest group of juvenile justice professionals;

WHEREAS, national statistics indicate that more than 390,000 delinquency and status offense cases are placed on juvenile probation each year;

WHEREAS, a survey conducted by the National Center for Juvenile Justice indicates that probation officers report that their profession most needs activities designed to:

  • develop strong national voices to address juvenile probation issues;
  • develop and publicize realistic messages about juvenile probation;
  • create a public information system that relates juvenile probation to the public interest;

WHEREAS, the National Juvenile Court Services Association has joined with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the American Probation and Parole Association to establish a Juvenile Probation Officer Initiative under the auspices of the Technical Assistance to the Juvenile Court project of the National Center for Juvenile Justice;

WHEREAS, the purpose of the initiative is to develop training and technical assistance approaches to increasing the skills and professionalism of juvenile probation;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Juvenile Court Services Associa┬Čtion supports the juvenile probation field and its dedicated professionals;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the APPA supports the goals and activities of the Juvenile Probation Officer Initiative.