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The Probation Officer's Cubicle

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This is a probation training seminar sponsored by CSRA Probation and focused on where a PO spends most of their time - behind a desk and on a computer. There are other areas like the Drug Screening room and the Courthouse but, for the most part, POs are very busy either seeing defendants or documenting their defendant's actions. This seems like a common-sense subject but how should a new PO set up their space? Where should the desk be? Seating should be specific to maintaining control. Equipment and supplies need to be controlled and out of reach of your defendants. Your computer's position is critical so you can view sensitive information confidentially. Your files must be organized and the mail controlled.  The caseload must be managed and the decoration of the office - well, you will be disappointed with your options. This is a training seminar based on Earlene Festervan's work entitled "Survival Guide for New Probation Officers" published by the American Correctional Association in 2000. This is a great field guide to working probation and more about the "How To's" and "Why's" of the PO process than statistics. Please come join us! Be advised, in advance, that anything said can be used for the training process without remuneration.