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The Marion Superior Court Probation Department, Adult & Juvenile Divisions, employs 294 staff in a variety of roles. Certified probation officers represent the largest portion of our staff, serving in positions as casework officers, presentence and predisposition writers, and court team officers, among others. Casework officers also have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as mental health and sex offenders.

Probation Officer Summary
Probation Officers join the Department in traditional Juvenile or Adult casework roles or they are assigned to an intake processing unit.

Casework responsibilities include compliance monitoring of Court orders, counseling assistance for behavioral change, and partnering with community resources.  Intake processing includes individual and family interviews, risk assessment, and custody recommendations.

Job Knowledge, Experience, and Skills
Probation Officers are required to have a four year degree from an accredited college or university.  Beyond this fundamental knowledge, there needs to be evidence of an understanding of legal processes and the characteristics of human behavior.  Strength in organization of work, use of automated management systems, and efficient use of time in performing tasks are also a necessity.  There also needs to be a willingness and physical ability to perform a significant amount of non-intrusive field work and work non-traditional schedules and shifts.

Probation Officer Qualifications
The following are qualifications established by the Judicial Conference of Indiana. They are the minimum qualifications only, and a trial court judge may require higher qualifications for probation officers.

·         A probation officer shall be not less than 21 years of age.

·         A probation officer shall be an American citizen.

·         A person who submits an application to take the examination for prospective probation officers shall have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or be in the last semester of a baccalaureate degree program. A person may not serve as a probation officer unless and until he or she has received a baccalaureate degree.

·         A person who submits an application to take the examination for prospective probation officers shall be a person of good moral character.

·         A person shall take and pass an examination for prospective probation officers prior to employment or within six months from the date that the person is first employed as a probation officer.

§  A person who fails the examination shall be permitted to take the examination a second time. The second examination shall not be given until ninety days after the first examination, during which time the person shall not be permitted to serve as a probation officer.

§  A person who fails the examination a second time shall not be permitted to take the examination or serve as a probation officer until one year after the second examination.

·         A probation officer shall be required to attend an orientation program conducted by the Indiana Judicial Center within one year from the date that the officer is employed.

The qualifications established by the Judicial Conference of Indiana shall be effective on July 1, 1984. The qualifications shall not apply to persons who have been certified as eligible to serve as probation officers in Indiana courts prior to July 1, 1984.

Probation Officer Certification Exam

If you are interested in obtaining employment as a probation officer, we strongly encourage applicants to initiate the certification process by applying to take the Certification Exam. The exam is administered by the Indiana Judicial Center. You may contact the Indiana Judicial Center at (317) 232-1313 for further information