Probation Officer Career in Hartford, Connecticut

The Hartford Judicial District, Court Support Services, which is part of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, oversees not only the major Connecticut city of Hartford, but the following Connecticut cities, as well:

  • Windsor Locks
  • Windsor
  • West Hartford
  • Suffield
  • South Windsor
  • Simsbury
  • Marlborough
  • Manchester
  • Hartford
  • Granby
  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Enfield
  • East Windsor
  • East Hartford
  • East Granby
  • Canton
  • Bloomfield
  • Avon

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Probation Caseloads in Connecticut

The probation caseload for the State of Connecticut, in FY2009-2010 was 58,712 and 63,382 in FY2008-2009. A closer look at 2007 reveals that there 55,804 probationers during this period and 71,145 open cases.  Of those, the most common statutory charge for probation was:

  • Possession of narcotics: 5,220 cases
  • Driving under the influence: 4,514 cases
  • Selling hallucinogens/narcotics: 4,025 cases
  • Assault (3rd degree): 3,921 cases
  • Failure to appear (2nd degree): 2,960 cases
  • Larceny (3rd degree): 2,565 cases
  • Burglary (3rd degree): 2,476 cases

Qualifications and Training Requirements for Hartford, Connecticut – CT Probation Officer Jobs

Individuals seeking probation careers in Hartford, Connecticut, must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in one of the behavioral or social sciences. Further, all new probation officers in Hartford must complete training through the Court Support Services Division (CDDS) Training Academy, which includes about 440 hours of both classroom and on-the-job training.

The CSSD, which was established in 1999, provides three levels of training for its probation officers throughout the State of Connecticut:

  • Initial training for all new hires, including on-the-job training
  • In-service training for all veteran probation officers (about 40 hours a year)
  • Leadership management training for officers seeking supervisory or managerial positions

The creation of the CSSD combined the following divisions into one, cohesive department:

  • Family Services Division
  • Juvenile Detention Services
  • Office of Adult Probation
  • Office of Alternative Sanctions
  • Office of Juvenile Probation
  • Office of the Bail Commissioner

Each of the three levels of training through the CSSD consists of a training advisory committee, which includes representatives of CSSD’s Best Practices Unit, a unit designed to provide evidence-based practices for the agency. The CSSD was accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2006 and re-accredited in 2009.

The CSSD operates out of five, regional service areas as to allow for a more streamlined approach to treatment planning and service delivery. Centralized management takes place through the Executive Director, Director of Operations, Director of Family Services, and the Deputy Director of Program and Staff Development.

Probation Officer Careers in Hartford, Connecticut: Specialized Probation Units

Individuals seeking Hartford, Connecticut, jobs may choose to obtain specialized training and education and work through one or more of the specialized probation units within Hartford Judicial District, Court Support Services:

  • Domestic Violence Supervision
  • Intensive Probation Supervision
  • Interstate Compact
  • Mental Health Supervision
  • Probation Transition Program (PTP)
  • Sex Offender Caseload (SO)
  • Supervised Diversionary Program
  • Technical Violation Unit (TVU)
  • Warrant Service
  • Women’s Offender Case Management Model (WOCM)
  • Youthful Offender Supervision (YO)

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