Probation Chiefs Honor Statewide Staff & Officers Who Keep Communities Safe in Celebration of Probation Services Week 2020
Probation Services Week Commemorates the Work of Probation Professionals


Sacramento, CA, July 20, 2020 – This week, the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced this year’s annual Probation Services Week, taking place from July 19 – July 25, 2020, to honor probation professionals who work to keep communities safe. Throughout the week, Probation Departments across the state will be showcasing the work Probation does in their counties and how probation officers and probation programs are making a lasting difference in the lives of clients by using an evidence-based and research-backed approach.

“Probation officers are change-agents who build solid, professional relationships with clients and their families to engender trust and promote success. They are compassionate public servants enhancing the lives of youth and adults, providing guidance and mentorship toward a path of health, well-being, and lawfulness,” said Probation Chief Brian Richart, President of CPOC. “At Probation, our officers and staff are always looking to improve their craft as they aim for excellence. I am excited about what the future of Probation will yield as we continue to transform lives and promote safer and healthier communities.”

Probation in California has proven to be successful in multiple facets of the juvenile and criminal justice system. Probation is committed to transforming the lives of our clients to stop the cycle of crime and create safer communities. Apart from providing scientifically-proven care to all our clients, Probation works alongside community groups and system partners to connect clients with resources and programs they need to grow successfully. A holistic approach to supervision produces greater results for clients that seek the right tools – such as job security, housing, and rehabilitation services – that build a strong foundation away from the criminal justice system.

A proclamation commemorating Probation Services Week from Governor Newsom stated, “Probation Departments have a profound impact on the safety and health of our communities by working to reduce recidivism through evidence-based programming and supervision. Probation’s success ensures that our state’s communities are a safer environment for all Californians to live and prosper. This week, I encourage all Californians to join me in recognizing Probation’s immense contributions to our communities and state.”

Probation officers and staff are dedicated to serving communities and helping clients end the cycle of crime through the use of evidence-based practices and programming that are proven to reduce recidivism. The progress and success of Probation in California are based on the commitment to providing quality supervision, supports, and services to clients, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. To continue supervising our clients as safe as possible, Probation has adopted guidelines recommended by county and health officials informed by the latest data. During Probation Services Week it is important to recognize probation officers and staff for their dedication to their clients and our communities, regardless of the challenge.

Media Contact:  Laura Dixon 510-384-3020

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