Butte County Probation works with many different citizens. As a community-based law enforcement agency with a unique role, the primary mission of the Probation Department is public safety. Probation Officers are sworn peace officers with the power to arrest, search, and perform specific law enforcement functions. In Butte County you may see Probation staff in a variety of roles: as a victim advocate, a truancy officer, a treatment provider, a court officer, a juvenile hall counselor, or a high intensity field supervision officer. No matter what the role, Butte County Probation staff are here to help and to protect the public. Effective probation work prevents further crime, either by reformation of the probationer, or removal from the community.
- Probation Officers write adult felony sentencing reports and recommendations for the Judges of the Superior Court.
- Probation Officers supervise adult felons who are released into the community rather than being sentenced directly to state prison.
- Probation participates in the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) and has dedicated officers supervising domestic violence offenders, DUI offenders, sex offenders, drug manufacturers and abusers, and other violent or serious felons who are on probation in the community.
- Probation Officers are the case managers for the therapeutic court programs, including Drug Court, Prop 36, and Mentally Ill Offender court.
Probation is the primary intake agency for all juvenile criminal conduct in Butte County. In the function , Butte County Probation Officers provide early intervention, prevention, and suppression services. Juvenile Probation Officers perform the following functions:
- Review juvenile police reports, refer cases to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution, and make recommendation to the court.
- Supervise juvenile offenders placed on probation, assess the family strengths and needs, and assist in the rehabilitation and stabilization of the juvenile within the community.
- Provide referrals to community based organizations for drug and alcohol treatment, family counseling and other providers as necessary.