The objective of the Intensive Supervision Unit is to protect the community, reduce recidivism, help rehabilitate, and divert juvenile and adult probationers from further involvement in crime. These objectives will be pursued by closely monitoring probationers and establishing relationships with the families and schools (for juveniles) involved and other supporting agencies, including, but not limited to, police departments, mental health agencies, social services and community treatment programs.
The Intensive Supervision Unit is charged with the duty of monitoring probationers designated as high-risk offenders and assisting them in making positive changes in their lives. High risk is determined by completing a validated assessment tool. The offenders are deemed to be in need of more intensive supervision and intervention than they would receive in a General Field Supervision caseload. General Field Supervision is only for juvenile offenders. All adults are assigned to some level of Intensive Supervision, Deferred Entry of Judgment or to our banked caseload. Probationers could be deemed in need of intensive services if they are involved in one or more of the following: gang-related assault or battery, being a certified gang member or associate (as identified by a local police agency), unlawful sexual behavior, and violent behavior; includingweapons-related offenses, substantial issues with substance abuse, and escalating patterns of criminal or delinquent behavior within a short period of time.
We provide Intensive Supervision for juvenile and adult probationers in four offices: South San Francisco, San Mateo, Redwood City and East Palo Alto. The Court places people on supervised probation for both felony and misdemeanor convictions (or sustained petitions for juveniles). The needs of the probationer and risk to the community are weighed. Deputy Probation Officers assigned to the Intensive Supervision Unit maintain frequent field contacts with the probationers under their supervision. These contacts may occur in the home, school, community or the Probation office. Probationers and their homes are regularly searched to ensure they are not in possession of contraband and, if the Judge has ordered chemical testing, randomly provide urine samples to ensure they are alcohol and drug free. Deputy Probation Officers work collaboratively with other local law enforcement agencies, treatment programs and schools. Deputy Probation Officers also participate in the San Mateo County Gang Task Force, Narcotic Task Force and the Neighborhood Response Teams. We have specialized caseloads for the following:
- Violent Offenders
- Gang Members
- Sex Offenders (adult only)
- Serious Substance Abuse (juvenile only)
- Youth in danger of being removed from their homes or placed outside of their homes
- Domestic Violence (adult only)
We have bilingual officers to accommodate our Spanish-speaking population.
In the spirit of the Department's Vision Statement, the goal is to blend our responsibilities as law enforcement officers along with providing treatment and rehabilitation. Each case has a Treatment Plan that consists of Objectives and an Action Plan. The Deputy Probation Officers have specialized caseloads and utilize treatment providers in San Mateo County and surrounding jurisdictions. Of paramount importance is the protection of the community. This is accomplished through monitoring the probationers and ensuring their compliance with the conditions of probation.
Our Deputy Probation Officers conduct probation searches, which at times produce firearms, other illegal weapons, narcotics and gang paraphernalia. If ordered, chemical testing is also utilized to ensure abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
According to the Department of Justice statistics, there are nearly 600 registered sex offenders in San Mateo County. Approximately 175 of these individuals are on Supervised Probation at any given time. As a result, the Probation Department has created specialized sex offender caseloads. These probationers are intensely supervised. We confirm the residence of all sex offenders by making personal visits and unannounced contacts. This ensures that they are in strict compliance with their sex offender registration requirements. Ongoing monitoring of sex offender treatment is a crucial component of this unit. These Deputy Probation Officers receive ongoing education and specialized training and are involved in various task forces in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.