Juvenile Investigations is a mandated service provided to the Juvenile Court. After adjudication of a petition by the District Attorney, an in-depth social study is completed which includes recommendations to the Court for disposition purposes. This unit also provides the Court with written information and recommendations for record sealing, and Court Officers in each of the Juvenile Court delinquency departments.
Officers in this unit are trained to complete the following risk assessment tools: Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Identification Tool (CSE-IT), for youth who are or may be involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, the Juvenile Sexual Offense Recidivism Risk Assessment (JSORRAT-II) Tool, for youth who have committed specified sex offenses, and the Positive Achievement Change Tool (PACT). There is also an officer assigned to supervise pre-disposition youth who have been court ordered to be on the Global Positioning System (GPS).
This unit has an officer assigned to the Juvenile Drug Court. This is a collaborative effort involving the Court, Probation, District Attorney, Public Defender and a community- based treatment agency. The program is designed to assist youth with substance abuse issues.
This unit has officers assigned to the Courtroom. The Court Officer is one of the most important functions fulfilled by the Probation Department. Within the Court structure, the Probation Officer not only has the responsibility of representing the best interests of the youth, but also representing the best interests of the Department, community and victim while attempting to meld these interests into a coherent and cohesive approach within the Courtroom.
The Court Officer is a key figure in the operation of the Juvenile Delinquency Court by providing assistance to the Court, the District Attorney and defense attorney, in order for cases to proceed smoothly within the delinquency court system. The Court Officer provides the only linkage between Probation and the Courtroom. The Court Officer, through an accurate recording of what transpires, provides a valuable check and balance within the complicated Juvenile Court process.