Legal Careers

Probation Officer

Probation officers work for the provincial government. They work in courts and with offenders who are on probation. "Probation" is a sentence that allows the offender to stay in the community under certain conditions.

Probation officers interview offenders, write reports to help the judge decide on sentencing, and supervise people on probation to help them complete the conditions of their probation period. Some officers work with offenders who, as part of their sentence, are on bail, providing compensation to their victims, or performing community service work.

Most probation officers have a degree in social work, human justice, sociology or psychology. A year of related work experience is also needed. Some people get experience through volunteer work in community corrections programs.

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