The Bureau of Probation & Parole Field Services is responsible for developing, implementing, revising and monitoring programs in the areas of probation and other field supervision operations, sentencing scoresheets, probation and parole databases, court ordered payments, and sexual offenders/predators. Employees in this bureau are also responsible for developing policy for over 3,478 staff members, including over 2,600 probation officers and supervisors. Along with supervising more than 144,000 offenders requiring community supervision, correctional probation officers (CPOs) are required to monitor payment of victim restitution, court costs, fines, and cost of supervision. Correctional probation officers are also required to conduct more than 233,000 investigations each year, including pre-sentence investigations and other state investigations.
The Fugitive Apprehension Coordination Team (FACT) was formed in 2001 and has assisted in reducing the original number of outstanding absconder warrants by more than eight percent. The unit accomplished this by working closely with field staff, local, state and federal law enforcement authorities and the public via the Absconder/Fugitive Search Web Site where citizens can call or e-mail tips about absconders’ whereabouts. This page is located at www.dc.state.fl.us/wanted.html and contains information regarding absconders including photos, when available.
FACT prioritizes resources to investigate and track the whereabouts of sexual offenders who abscond from community supervision. A recent interagency agreement with the Agency for Workforce Innovation allows for data from their records management system to be accessed by FACT unit staff to assist in locating absconders.
In FY 2004-05, the Office of Community Corrections provided specialized training opportunities for staff in areas such as the 21st Century Supervisor, Search, Warrantless Arrest, 9mm Transition, Managing with Purpose and Power, and Officer Safety and Survival. Long-distance training over the Department’s intranet continues to be utilized to allow officers to complete training as their schedules permit, thus increasing time spent by staff on supervision activities.
Restitution and Other Monetary Obligations
* Community Corrections also collects other fees (crimes compensation, electronic monitoring, drug testing fees, surcharge, subsistence, and additional costs).
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