What do I need to bring to my first appointment with Probation?
You will be asked to report to the Probation Department right after your first court date. The Deputy Probation Officer is required to gather a great deal of information, which they use to make recommendations to the Court.
You will be given an Intake Form to complete and asked to return it on your first appointment. The more information you can bring to this initial appointment, the fewer appointments you will need to have.
It will save both you and the Deputy Probation Officer a great deal of time if you complete the intake information before you come to your first appointment. You can obtain a copy of the questionnaire from reception at the Probation Department before or after you go to court or by clicking here.
Useful information to bring to your first appointment includes current school records. School records should include attendance, grades, IEP paperwork (when applicable) and dates and times of any disciplinary action. Also, please bring a birth certificate for your child, your driver’s license, social security numbers for your child and all parents/guardians, medical insurance information and a list of siblings and others living in the home along with their birth dates. It is also helpful for us to know who may play an important role in your child’s life outside of your home.
What do the Deputy Probation Officers do with all the information I provide?
The Investigations Deputy Probation Officer’s job is to collect as much information about the offense, your child and your family as they can in order to make the most appropriate recommendations to the Court, which ultimately will be developed into a case plan on how to best work with you and your child.
The Probation Department has a number of programs and services. The information that is gathered early on helps with the most appropriate level of intervention. Deputy Probation Officers often use committees of experienced people to come up with the most appropriate recommendations for your child.