Juvenile Probation and Parole

Within the Executive Branch of state government, The Department of Children, Youth and Families’ Division of Juvenile Correctional Services Probation and Parole Field Services is responsible for juvenile probation and aftercare services.

Juvenile probation and aftercare counselors do not carry a firearm. They are not classified as peace officers and do not have the power to arrest.

Although there is no policy that prohibits these officers from carrying a firearm it is clearly understood that probation and parole counselors are not armed. From time to time the issue of arming is brought up due to the nature of the client population they serve.

There are no private companies providing juvenile probation supervision. Some aftercare supervision services are contracted with other agencies.

Adult Probation and Parole

Within the Executive Branch, adult (felony and misdemeanant) probation and parole services are provided through a unit of Community Corrections under the Division of Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Corrections.

Adult probation and parole officers do not carry a firearm. They are not classified as peace officers and do not have the power to arrest.

There is a Department of Corrections policy (#28.20) that states “No probation and parole staff member is to have a firearm or any other weapon in his/her possession while conducting any of the duties associated with his/her professional responsibilities. Any exceptions (defense sprays) require administrative approval and specialized training [with respect to Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)].Employees are encouraged to enlist the support, assistance, and powers of law enforcement authorities when necessary to ensure the safety and protection of themselves or other individuals.”

From time to time the issue of arming is brought up.

There are no private companies providing adult probation or parole supervision.

For updates or corrections to the information on this page, please contact: Diane Kincaid