The Office of Juvenile Affairs, a state agency, conducts supervision of juveniles on probation in Oklahoma County. In 2010, the Office of Juvenile Affairs had 1,057 full time employees with 346 personnel assigned to non-residential services including Juvenile Services division and the Community Based Youth Services Division.
Overview of Juvenile Probation in Oklahoma County
In 2012, the Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau had a total of 5,156 open probation cases at the start of the year, and 4,150 open cases at year’s end. The successful disposition of cases in 2012, marks a significant improvement over the previous year, when the number of total cases declined by only seven by year’s end. During the year an additional 370 juveniles were placed under the supervision of the OCJB. Of these 111 were related to illegal substances, 14 were related to sexual offenses, and 125 were related to personal offenses.
One of Oklahoma County’s most successful community supervision programs has been the Juvenile Re-entry of Oklahoma County. This program began in 2008 and has helped more than 125 youths seeking productive, crime-free lives. The Youth and Family Services of Oklahoma County sponsor this four-week program. Many of the participants who were drug dealers, gang members and thieves are now in college or gainfully employed in the community.
How to Become a Juvenile Probation Officer in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Juvenile probation officers are designated as Juvenile Justice Specialists and may receive salaries ranging from $28,032 up to $32,304 upon entering the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The requirements for juvenile probation jobs in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma include:
- Must possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license
- Must be willing and capable of traveling
- Must be willing to be on call 24 hours a day
- Must be able to pass a drug test
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree in criminology, social science or behavioral science
- Have at least one year of experience in
- Clinical psychology
- Social work
- Substance abuse treatment
Those interested in learning how to become juvenile probation officers in Oklahoma County in supervisor positions require additional years of work experience or a master’s degree.
Juvenile justice specialists are required to possess or acquired the following skills:
- Provide intake, parole and probation services to juveniles and families
- Maintain contact with offenders at their residence and outside of it
- Generate individualized supervision plans
- Produce, file and maintain documents related to cases
- Enter appropriate information and updates on JOLTS, CMS or similar data systems
- Prepare reports and presentations for legal proceedings
- Attend court proceedings and testify
- Attend mandatory training sessions
New juvenile probation officers must complete 40 hours of training at the law enforcement academy, 16 hours of instruction from the Youth Level of Service Inventory and 40 hours of orientation training. After the initial year of employment, juvenile probation officers must complete at least 40 hours of in-service training each year.