Field Probation

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FIELD OfficersThe Field Officer is the supervision arm of the Court. Following adjudication or “conviction”, the juvenile offender is placed on supervision, with varying restrictions placed on each individual offender. Common restrictions are that (1) the offender may not commit any more crimes including traffic offenses, (2) must attend school, (3) must remain drug free, (4) must attend his probation visitations, and/or (5) any special conditions. Special conditions can include Community Service, shoplifting program, restitution, self-esteem building (CADET), psychological evaluations, in-house counseling, and various other recommendations.

Each offender placed on supervised probation is court ordered to pay a supervision fee to the court. This fee is based on the parent’s income and can range from $1.00 to $100.00. Failure to comply with the Conditions of Probation can lead to the placement of the offender in the Juvenile Detention Center, the modification of the conditions of probation to a stricter level of probation, or possible commitment to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

In 2007, the department established an office at the Sheriff’s Office West-Cal Substation. This office is manned by one officer that provides supervision for youths in the West Calcasieu area.  

In 2008, the department dedicated one officer to provide sexual offender supervision and management. The officer’s caseload is limited and has specific contact requirements. This specialized officer works closely with families and treatment providers to ensure compliance.