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Office Etiquette for the Probation Officer

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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. Probation Officers are not normally seen as the gentlemen and ladies they usually are. The public things of them as pseudo-cops running around in dark alleys and the projects rounding up errant defendants or busting into their home to drug screen them at 0200 hours. In fact, Probation Officer should be the "polished" members of the court. Working with the lawyers, prosecutors, and judges efficiently means being credible in their company and communicating on an educated level with them. But then what do you do with your defendants? Do you shake their hand? How to you handle interruptions in the office? What kind of privacy should you expect? What about physical contact with defendants and then how do you relate to your coworkers constructively when you are at the end of your rope? These and other real topics about today's real probation Officers will be discussed to provide some guidance on how to navigate the etiquette waters in your office. 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.