Parole officers in Arizona are part of the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC), Community Corrections Division. According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, there were 81,000 offenders in the state in 2007, with 53,077 of those individuals in prison and 27,438 on parole. Because 97 percent of all prisoners receiving sentences of just 19 months (and 40 percent receive sentences of less than 6 months), on average, the DOC adopted the Arizona Plan, an approach to re-entry preparation.
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Requirements for Arizona Parole Officer Jobs
Individuals seeking parole officer careers in Arizona must possess a bachelor’s or master’s degrees in business or public administration, sociology, psychology, or criminal justice studies from an accredited college or university.
Individuals must pass a background investigation and pre-employment drug screen and must possess a valid driver’s license.
How to Become a Parole Officer in Arizona through Training
The Arizona Department of Corrections Training Academy (COTA), located in Tucson, Arizona, provides training for all new correctional officer recruits, as well as the tactical services unit, the professional development program, caseworker academy, the K-9 academy, the Sergeant’s Leadership Academy, and other special programs.
All new parole officers in Arizona must complete 64 hours of training during the first year of employment. Thereafter, all parole officers must complete at least 48 hours of training each year.
Parole Officer Careers in Arizona: Parole Office Locations
There are 14 parole office locations in Arizona, including:
- Mesa Regional
- Western Regional (Phoenix)
- Central Regional (Phoenix)
- Northeastern Maricopa (Phoenix)
- Tucson Regional
- Southern Regional (Tucson)
- Pinal Regional (Florence)
- Cochise Regional (Douglas)
- Prescott Valley
Special Parole Units
There are a number of specialized parole units in Arizona through which individuals may focus their parole officer careers:
Interstate Compact Services Unit (ICS): The ICS serves as the a clearinghouse for information and supports special investigations, pardons, pre-sentence reports, and clemency investigations.
Release Unit: The Release Unit is designed to facilitate the transitioning of offenders from the prison to the community.
Sex Offender Coordination Unit (SOCU): The SOCU is responsible for reviewing sex offender cases to see if they are subject to civil commitment, Community Notification, or Sex Offender Registration.
Warrant Services/Hearing Unit (WHSU): The WHSU is responsible for warrants that are issued, requested, and received by Community Corrections.
Electronic Monitoring Unit (EMU): The EMU provides supervision to all offenders on parole, community supervision or home arrest.