The 21st Judicial District Probation Department is pleased to announce upcoming volunteer training. Community volunteers and interns will be trained to serve as Deputy Probation Officers or Victim Services Assistants.
Deputy Probation Officers will be given the opportunity to work with adult and juvenile offenders in many parts of the probation program. This may include supervising a small caseload of probationers, assisting probation officers with specialized functions, monitoring probationer compliance with court orders, data entry, filing or numerous other duties.
Victim Service Assistants may be involved in special projects, the Domestic Violence Task Force, or the Adult Protection Team. Other activities could include data entry, letters to victims, filing and working with other victim advocates in the community on outreach and education.
All volunteers will be required to complete training and will work under the supervision of department staff. Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of 8 hours per month and to make a 1 year commitment to the program or for a school year in the case of college interns.
The program will provide volunteers with an opportunity to work with probationers, probation officers, other agencies and the courts. They will gain a working knowledge of the court system and the probation department for future career options. They will have numerous professional contacts in the criminal justice system and counseling fields. In addition volunteer interns can expect academic credit for experiential learning. For training dates and to request an application, call Don Castro at 970-257-3606 or Jason Thompson at 257-3659.