Violent crime in Davenport and throughout Scott County dropped 7.4% from 2011 to 2012. The police attributed this drop to increased partnerships between the police and leaders in the community. In Iowa as a whole, there was a decrease in juvenile arrests of over 20% between 2007 and 2010.
The Juvenile Court in Iowa is separate from the other types of courts in the state. Juvenile court officer careers in Scott County involve working with youths that have been referred to the court from the police or community agencies. They develop case plans for the youths and identify problem areas in the juvenile’s lives that could benefit from community services such as mental health counseling or substance abuse treatment.
For youths that are deemed to need correctional services, they are Community-based as much as is possible. Community-based correctional services cost a great deal less and have a greater rate of success. Juveniles in these types of programs have a lower rate of recidivism and a greater chance of successfully reintegrating into the community.
Requirements and Training to Become a Juvenile Court Officer in Scott County
Education Requirements – The requirements for juvenile probation officer jobs in Davenport include having a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas or a related field:
- Social work
- Criminal justice
Training Requirements – Newly hired employees of Scott County Juvenile Court Services learn how to become juvenile court officers through training from the state’s Supreme Court. This one to two weeks of training must take place before the officers start work.
Juvenile Crime in Scott County
In 2006, 3,444 youths in Scott County had allegations placed against them that they were involved in a felony, misdemeanor, or other class of offense. Of these youths, 165 were adjudicated as delinquent. Most of these juveniles were male with only slightly more than 16% being female. 132 of these juveniles were placed on formal probation. Again, these were mostly males with slightly over 17% being females.