Field Probation Units
Field Probation Unit satellite offices are located in nine (9) geographical districts throughout Dallas County. Youth pending court cases while remaining in their homes, and those already on Court-ordered probation, receive supervision by a Field Probation Officer in the community in which they reside. For youth awaiting court, the probation officer prepares a comprehensive assessment on the juvenile in the same manner that the Court Assessment officer does with those youth who are in detention while pending court. However, since these youth are at home, the field probation officer also frequently supervises their activities prior to court, as well as implementing any programs or services that would benefit the child and their family while waiting for court. For youth already on probation, field officers maintain constant contact with them; ensuring that these youth are in compliance with the Court-ordered conditions, and responding accordingly if violations occur. These probated youth are also referred to any community-based services that can assist them in successfully completing their probationary periods. The Juvenile Court’s most frequent disposition is probation in the home, so the bulk of the field officer’s time is spent focused on the case management and supervision of these juveniles.