Adult Parole Operations, a division of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, is divided into four divisions. The Sacramento division is the largest of the four in area, covering most of inland California. It includes 25 unit offices in the following cities:
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Sacramento Parole Officers in Action
On December 20, 2012, about 30 Sacramento probation officers, along with other local law enforcement officers, divided into four teams to embark on Operation Grinch. They went door to door to locate offenders who had failed to report to their parole officers as required. Twelve individuals guilty of parole violations and considered a danger to the community were arrested. Operation Grinch is said to be successful because parolees who are fleeing from the law are likely to return home during the holidays.
How to Become a Parole Officer in the Sacramento Division
Prospective candidates parole officer jobs in Sacramento, California must meet the following requirements:
- U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age
- Clean criminal record
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college/university or at least two years experience in a related field. Candidates who have a college diploma and at least one year of relevant experience have the best chance of being hired.
Qualified individuals should check to see if there are openings in the Sacramento division by going to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website or inquiring at the Sacramento Parole Office on Goethe Road. Tel. 916/255-2758. Applications are only accepted when there are open parole officer positions.
Qualified persons will have to successfully complete a written examination, drug screening, and background investigation. Parole officers in Sacramento earn an annual salary of between $42,012 and $64,963.
Division of Adult Parole Operations Reform Efforts
The Sacramento Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) has been one of the leaders in recent efforts to reform California’s parole system. The goal is to reduce offender recidivism through more effective supervision strategies. The 12 components of the DAPOs five-year road map to reform are:
- Align current parole practices with methods proven to positively impact parolee reintegration.
- Reduce parole officer caseloads from 70 to 53.
- Employ GPS technology to track gang members.
- Use electronic monitoring whenever called for.
- Reduce the number of units controlled by district administrators.
- Expand re-entry courts to be sure parolees who need them are placed in structured substance abuse and/or mental health programs.
- Extend basic parole officer training by creating a field officer training program.
- Convert parole agent II specialists to supervisors.
- Establish California Parole Apprehension Teams.
- Develop a parole performance index to evaluate supervision effectiveness.
- Create a parole supervisor academy to enhance professional development.
- Restructure the outpatient clinic program for parolees with mental health issues.
Specialized Task Forces within the Sacramento Adult Probation Division
Each of the four parole divisions has its own California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) devoted to locating and apprehending parole absconders. Sacramento’s CPAT consists of a Regional Intelligence Unit stationed in the Sacramento headquarters and multiple apprehension teams located throughout the division.
Team members have access to state-of-the-art technology and receive specialized training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, firearms use/maintenance and field tactics.