This is a probation training seminar sponsored by CSRA Probation and focused on PO functions in completing their casework and in serving their courts. POs have to be great communicators and that means actively listening to what the defendant is telling you as well as their body language. Courtwork is nothing like it is depicted on television and POs need to be prepared for almost anything to happen. You need to bring your files, you need to look professional, and you must be ready to be cross-examined on every detail you bring with you. We will spend some time on the Presentence Report but that will not be a subject we rely on to complete the seminar. 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.
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