TAVARES — During Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week July 16-22, the Lake County Probation Services Division will join agencies across the nation in recognizing the work that pretrial, probation and parole supervision professionals do for public safety.
To further this effort, Probation staff was honored by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners with a proclamation during the board meeting on July 11.
Lake County probation officers make over 10,000 face-to-face contacts with approximately 3,000 offenders on misdemeanor probation and pretrial diversion programs annually. In addition, these officers enforce the collection of restitution which is returned to crime victims to help compensate them for their losses and coordinate the completion of thousands of hours of community service to ensure offenders help restore the communities they offended.
“The behind-the-scenes work these officers do often goes unnoticed, yet they perform a vital role in helping to enhance community safety,” said Tony Deaton, Chief Probation Officer for the Probation Services Division.
Since 1841, the practice of probation has played a vital role in the justice system. These professionals are a critical part of the public safety system and are known as problem solvers, crime prevention specialists, motivators, educators, facilitators and often times, the only support system an offender may have.
Probation officers often find creative solutions to making sure those they supervise have the support needed to find jobs, housing, and treatment. By collaborating with community leaders and volunteering, many officers are making a difference while faced with large caseloads and additional responsibilities.