|Probation Officer Info|
|How To Become A Probation Officer|
Before you start your journey to become a probation officer you need to make sure you have a clean criminal record. It makes sense that we expect our criminal justice and law enforcement officers to remain crime free in their personal as well as professional lives. Some of the major issues that will keep you from getting a job as a probation officer are felony convictions, racism, especially hate crimes or domestic violence charges. Your records will be thoroughly read and carefully considered so it is important that you answer all questions accurately and honestly and don’t embellish the truth.
Not all criminal records are viewed quite the same. The weight your criminal record will hold during the highring process will depend on the type of crimes commited and how distant they are in your past. Your other qualifications should be very strong to become a probation officer and if given the chance, be able to convince those that might be hiring you that you have learned from your past and are motivated by those lessons learned to make a positive difference. You will probably want to go to the office that you would be applying to and talk with them about how they view your criminal record and how it will affect your chances
There are many reasons for wanting honest, patient and just people in any work environment but it is especially important when it comes to government jobs, holding a certain type of authority in public affairs. They cannot afford to have liars, criminals or violent personnel in the type of position of parole and probation officers.
Alcohol, tobacco and drugs are also red flags to the hiring staff. Even casual drinkers have the potential for their drinking to pose a problem in their job. Being a parole or probation officer can be very stressful at times, they prefer people who have wiser coping mechanisms than drinking alcohol. If you fit the criteria of a clean criminal record, have strong integrity, are honest and have a desire to serve the public you are on the right path to become a probation officer.
What You Can Do:
- Abstain from illicit drugs.
- Don't drink alcohol; if you do, drink in moderation at appropriate times, and places.
- Don't smoke; quit if you do.
- Make sure you have not been convicted of ANY felonies (automatic rejection if so).
- Avoid any kind of hate crimes.
- Avoid any kind of domestic violence.
- Seek to expunge/repair any crimes committed.
- Establish a clean and professional job history; they do check.