The Connecticut Judicial Branch is broken down into five, regional districts, including the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District, which includes not only the City of Stamford, but the following Connecticut cities:
- New Canaan
- Grand Canyon University - B.S. in Justice Studies and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- SNHU - A.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections, and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
Probation services, which were originally overseen by the Office of Adult Probation, combined with the Family Services Division, the Juvenile Detention Services Division, the Office of Alternative Sanctions Division, the Office of Juvenile Probation, and the Office of the Bail Commissioner in 1999 to form the Court Support Services Division (CSSD).
Probation services in Connecticut totaled 48,882 in October 2011. Probation services were further broken down as follows:
- Adult supervision: 36,644
- Accelerated rehabilitation supervision: 8,028
- Drug dependency supervision: 174
- Community service labor program (suspended prosecution): 874
- Supervised diversionary program: 659
- Youthful offender supervision (18-21): 2,242
- Sex offender supervision: 2,054
Probation Officer Careers in Stamford, Connecticut: Becoming a Probation
Officer in Stamford
The minimum requirement for Stamford, Connecticut, probation jobs is a bachelor’s degree in one of the social or behavioral sciences, such as criminology, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, social work, or a related field.
Beyond educational requirements, all candidates for probation officer jobs in Stamford, Connecticut, should be prepared to undergo a thorough background examination during the pre-employment phase.
Once employed, all probation officers must complete mandatory, initial training through the CSSD Training Academy, which includes about 440 hours of both classroom and field instruction during the first year. Thereafter, all probation officers must undergo annual, mandatory training through the Training Academy. Officers seeking supervisory or management positions within the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District must undergo specialized training through the CSSD Training Academy, as well.
Focusing Stamford, Connecticut – CT Probation Officer Jobs on Specialized Units
There are a number of specialized probation units within the CSSD, all of which are designed to focus on increased supervision and/or treatment services. Intensive Probation Supervision, for example, is designed to provide more focused supervision for high-risk offenders, which may mean electronic monitoring, home visits, or additional treatment through community-based programs and services.
The Probation Transition Program, likewise, provides specific services to offenders, although this program is focused on helping individuals released from probation to better transition back into their communities.
Serious domestic violence offenders are often supervised through specific Domestic Violence Supervision, which is handled by specially trained probation officers. There are a number of court-based and community-based providers and programs that work alongside probation officers in this capacity.
Young offenders, ages 18 to 21, have specific needs that must be met; therefore, probation officers through the Youthful Offender Supervision program provide specialized services to these young offenders, and they coordinate the delivery of community-based treatment and programs, as well.