District juvenile courts, within the judicial branch of state government, administer juvenile probation services. The state assists probation departments through a variety of state and federal pass-through grants. There are 11 probation departments in 9 judicial districts throughout the state. Two Districts have two departments, which accounts for the difference.
The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission, a cabinet-level commission that reports directly to the Governor, certifies probation officers. Certification is a requirement for employment.
It is a local decision as to whether a juvenile probation officer carries a firearm. They are classified as category II peace officers and do have the power to arrest in the performance of their duties.
Several counties allow officers to carry and in one county it is mandatory to carry a firearm. Elko County, the 4th Judicial District is very large geographically; the officers in this district are spread out and are often times alone, isolated, and many miles from the nearest communication or back-up support. Elko County felt it was important that the officers were armed.
In Clark County no officers carry a firearm. Statute allows officers to carry a firearm, but local policy can say they may not carry.
At the time of the survey, it was not under consideration to allow them to carry a firearm.
There are no private companies providing juvenile supervision services.
Within the Executive Branch of state government, Youth Corrections, Division of Child and Family Services in the Department of Human Resources, youth parole counselors of the Nevada Youth Parole Bureau provide parole supervision for youth leaving state correctional facilities.
Youth parole counselors do not carry a firearm. They are classified as peace officers and do have the power to arrest in the performance of their duties as a youth parole counselor.
There is a Parole Bureau policy that prohibits officers from carrying a firearm.
From time to time the issue of carrying a firearm is brought up.
No private companies provide supervision services for youths on parole.
Adult Probation and Parole
The Nevada Department of Public
Safety (DPS) is composed of ten divisions. With approximately 250 sworn
staff, the Division of Parole and Probation (NPP) is second only to the
Highway Patrol division in overall size. Additionally, NPP is one of
five DPS divisions whose sworn personnel are classified as State Peace
Officers and required to carry firearms in the performance of their
official duties. Other DPS divisions with this responsibility and
authority include Capitol Police, Fire Marshal, Highway Patrol, and
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