320 What are your thoughts on the below posts? Do you agree/disagree? Why?
If I worked in the corrections field, I would probably choose to be a probation officer. Probation officers do not make very much, but I would enjoy helping people fix their lives. I think that being a probation officer could be very challenging at times, but could also be very rewarding when you see progress from the people you monitor. It can also be a dangerous job because you have to enter an offender’s residence, almost always by yourself. A PO could easily be attacked upon entering. I’m a serious person so I would be professional and stern with paroles when needed, but I could also lighten up and be friendly with paroles to gain their trust. Steiner, Travis, Makarios, and Meade (2011) states, “Officers typically manage large caseloads with few resources, and contact between officers and the offenders under their supervision in infrequent.” I would make every effort to see the offenders under my supervision regularly. With long gaps between visits, paroles may become restless and more susceptible to crime. I think that establishing a pattern of regular visits is one of the most important things for any parole officer to do. I would also regularly update my supervisors. Having a constant stream of communication is important. POs can often get in trouble for using too much discretion when dealing with offenders. If they let an offender miss a meeting and then the offender commits a crime, the PO could be blamed. Chandler (2015) writes that being a probation officer, “Requires unusual understanding of the factors of personality, environment, and association that influence human conduct.” I am a perceptive person and am always aware of my environment, which is very important for a PO. Overall, I think I would be a successful probation officer.