Fulton County probation officers’ caseloads often include probationers that reside in the Atlanta metropolitan area, as well as other cities that are part of Fulton County, including Alpharetta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City.
There are more than 160,000 state probationers throughout Georgia, which equals an average caseload of 250 probationers per probation officer. In Fulton County, there were 13,641 active probationers according to data compiled and released by the University of Georgia in 2012.
Fulton County Probation Officer Qualifications and Requirements
- Minimum age is 21
- Current Georgia driver’s license
- U.S. citizen
- Have no prior felony convictions
- Pass drug screen
- Firearms certification
- Meet Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council standards
- Education standards to include one of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Two-year college degree and two years of work experience in the Georgia Department of Corrections.
- Preference is given to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, sociology, law enforcement, psychology, social science, or a related field and at least one year of professional experience.
Steps to Become a Probation Officer in Fulton County, Georgia
- View the announcements on GDCJobs.com and select “Fulton County Probation Officer jobs” as they become available.
- Review the pre-application testing requirements, which include taking and passing the WorkKeys Assessment test administered through the Technical Colleges of Georgia. Note that there typically is a $35 fee to take this test.
- Download an application form and fill it out completely.
- Applications should be submitted along with the WorkKeys Assessment Certification, to the contact person named for Fulton County (listed in the job description).
- Promising applicants will be contacted for further interviews.
Those selected for employment will be required to take a physical fitness test, as well as fulfill the requirements for the POST Entrance Exam, which is listed here.
After receiving an offer of employment, newly hired probation officers must attend an eight-week Basic Probation/Parole Officer Training Course (BPPOTC) to attain certification from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.).