probation officer


Definition of probation officer 

: an officer appointed to investigate, report on, and supervise the conduct of convicted offenders on probation

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Celena's probation officer helped her get a job at Women's Bean Project, a program in Denver that produces pantry dry-goods staples with a workforce made up of women who are ex-convicts, recovering addicts, or domestic-violence survivors. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "These 3 Companies Help At-Risk Women and Are Changing the World," 2 July 2018 Jackson recently wrote a letter to his father’s probation officer, requesting permission for Spence to attend a second-round playoff game, and that request was granted. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Hartford Native Aaron Jackson Living NBA Dream Is Icing On Career Cake," 18 Apr. 2018 The agency had twice suspended Greening, a parole and probation officer, from carrying a firearm, in 2001 and 2004, after Greening threatened harassment and violence against co-workers and his wife, the suit says. Maxine Bernstein,, "Son of parole officer used father's loaded gun to kill himself, lawsuit says," 28 Mar. 2018 The money would allow the department to permanently hire five new probation officers charged with enforcing Proposition 63, a ballot initiative passed by voters in 2016 meant to tighten California’s already strict gun-control laws. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF mayoral candidate Kim draws heat after posts vanish from Facebook page," 20 Mar. 2018 Criminal justice professionals are employed in a range of roles in the corrections field, such as correctional administrator, probation officer, or in substance abuse/mental health treatment. Megan Becka,, "University of Akron adds two new criminal justice degree programs," 6 Feb. 2018 Watched over by his probation officer, working as a mailman and at an ice cream stand, Sam (George Blagden) gets his kicks committing mail fraud, stealing cash from envelopes. Katie Walsh,, "Review: Creepy romantic drama 'No Postage Necessary' not worth its weight in bitcoin," 5 July 2018 Morton then held her in the apartment for four days, releasing her only to meet with her probation officer, according to police. David Owens,, "State Forced To Drop Sex Assault, Kidnap Charges After Victim's Overdose Death," 9 May 2018 But Ralph Whalen, Matte's attorney, said Thursday that his client did not violate probation and that the arrest last week was due to miscommunication between the judge and probation officers over the home-incarceration clause of her sentence. Kim Chatelain,, "Olivia Matte released from jail after mixup, attorney says," 3 May 2018

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of probation officer

law : a person who is in charge of watching, working with, and helping people who have been placed on probation

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Legal Definition of probation officer 

: an officer appointed to investigate, report on, and supervise the conduct of convicted offenders on probation

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