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The Officer to Offender Relationship

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This is a probation training seminar sponsored by CSRA Probation and focused on PO functions in completing their casework and in serving their courts. The relationship between an Officer and an Offender is one of the most challenging in the criminal justice profession. On the one hand the Officer decides, in large part, whether the defendant can remain on probation "at large" as a privilege and not as a right. On the other, the same Officer may decide to request a Revocation Hearing or, worse yet, the arrest of the defendant. We will also examine different PO personality types in this seminar: the Investigator, the Interrogator, the Police Officer, the Executioner, and the Social Worker. We will close, time willing, discussing inappropriate relationships between Officers and defendants which undermine Officer's effectiveness. 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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