Pre-Service: Probation & Parole Officers
PROBATION AND PAROLE SPECIFIC
PRE-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Introduction to Probation & Parole: This course is an overview of the criminal justice system and the role of probation and parole services within that system. Areas of instruction include judicial sentencing strategies, discretionary limitations, and jurisdiction. In addition, the offender supervision process is presented from case opening to case closing, and includes a discussion of felony case types.
Scope of Employment: This module examines the law enforcement role of the probation and parole officer within the context of offender supervision practices and agency policy and procedures.
Search & Seizure/Miranda: This section introduces the agency policies governing the Officer’s ability to carry out searches & seizures, to include history of case law. Instances where reading the Miranda Warning is required will also be reviewed.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA): This course informs the employee of the laws and the agency’s zero-tolerance policy governing PREA. Information regarding the offenders’ rights to be free from sexual abuse and harassment, the right of offenders and employees to be free from retaliation for reporting such actions, and how to fulfill the employee’s expected responsibilities and mandatory reporting regarding the issue will also be discussed.
Mental Health Offenders: This segment is an examination of special considerations when supervising an offender with mental health issues. Areas of instruction include appropriate identification of mental health issues, referral of offenders for treatment and/or community resources, and maintenance medication. Specific attention is placed on offenders suffering from co-occurring disorders.
Substance Abusing Offenders: This class is an examination of the special considerations of supervising offenders with substance abuse issues. Areas of instruction include need identification, appropriate treatment referral, and relapse prevention. Special attention is given to community resources available for criminal offenders.
Cognitive Programs: This course is an examination of effective correctional programs based on cognitive behavioral techniques and methods of supervision utilized in the State of Oklahoma. Modules include facilitating life skills, sequential thinking, and effective outcome related performance practices.
P&P Supervision Strategy: This tutorial outlines recommended skills and suggested practices used to operationalize the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Evidence Based Offender Management Guidelines. Topics of instruction include personally tailoring supervision and offender field file maintenance.
Motivational Interviewing: This multiple day intensive course presents the primary communication technique for probation and parole officers. Areas of instruction include the principles, skills, and spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI), stages of behavior change, strategies for managing offender resistance, and effective interviewing techniques in a variety of settings. Skill practice exercises include “role play,” “real play,” MI coding, and MI “skills on demand.”
Actuarial Risk / Need Assessment: This multiple day intensive course presents the Level of Service Inventory – Revised (LSI-R). Areas of instruction include the Oklahoma Adult Offender Standardized Assessment (AOSA) Protocol, scoring & interpretation of the LSI-R, criminogenic need profiles, LSI-R coding, instrument scoring rules, the Oklahoma Interview & Scoring Guide, documentation of offender progress, and the Adult Substance Use Survey (ASUS). Skill exercises include case study, practical demonstration of ability, and defense of scoring decisions.
Transitional Case Planning: This lesson examines the steps necessary to develop a personally tailored behavioral contract with criminal offenders being supervised in the community, targeting intervention and results driven program modules. Topics include objective development and revision, writing detailed action steps for offenders, effective follow up, and officer action step development to support the offender’s change process. Specific focus is given to the dynamic nature of the behavioral contract, its intended purpose and its importance in shaping routine offender contact.
Sex Offenders: This course focuses on the special supervision requirements for sex offenders. Also includes information regarding profiles and typologies of sex offenders, the methods sex offenders use to select victims, and specific intervention strategies for dealing with these offenders.
Static-99R/Stable/Acute: This module examines assessment tools designed to predict sexual and violent recidivism and evaluate risk among sexual offenders by looking at dynamic variables.
Sex Offender & Violent Offender Registration: This topic covers the laws and policies regarding sex offender and violent offender registration and monitoring.
Re-Entry: This class introduces students to fundamental principles of re-entry and explores the accepted practices for supervising offenders being released from periods of incarceration to community supervision. Modules include meta- analysis of relevant data, current re-entry trends, and examination of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Re-Entry Resource Guide.
GPS/SCRAM: This tutorial examines the electronic monitoring methods and devices utilized by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Topics of instruction include device overview, operation procedure, monitoring software, and device troubleshooting. Authorized vendors also provide tutorial and product description overview.
Offender Disciplinary Procedures: This session examines the offender disciplinary process required when dealing with incarcerated offenders or those on early release programs, such as GPS or SCRAM, and the policies governing such process.
Alternative Sentencing Programs: This course provides an overview of alternate sentencing programs, such as Drug Court, DUI Court, and Mental Health Courts. Community Sentencing programs and county level District Attorney Supervision will also be reviewed.
Investigations and Report Writing for Probation and Parole: This segment examines the fundamentals of report writing as applied to specific reports completed by probation and parole officers. Specific emphasis is placed on the concept of writing factually in an analysis format. Students examine the primary format and method for completing narrative Violation Reports, Supplemental Reports, Special Reports, Summaries of Supervision, Pre-Sentence Investigation Reports, and Pre-Pardon Investigation Reports.
Courtroom Testimony: This module will explain what the participant should expect when testifying in a courtroom setting, including preferred techniques, courtroom attire, and prohibited behaviors and items.
Interstate Compact: This course introduces participants to the federal and agency regulations governing the interstate transfer of criminal offenders under supervision. Areas of emphasis include an introduction to the ICAOS website, completion of transfer documentation, case opening, progress and conduct reports, violation procedures and case closing.
Parole Process and Revocation: An examination of the parole release and revocation process for parole cases in Oklahoma. Areas of discussion include: initiating the revocation process with a violation report; proper documentation of rule violations; notifying parolees of parole revocation hearings; and probable cause and administrative hearings for parole cases. Skills exercise includes the simulation of a parole probable cause hearing.
Computer Applications - OMS, COMIT, and EZASSESS: This block of instruction is designed to introduce participants to the three primary software applications which document offender information, assessments and supervision progress. Basic software functions are presented and participants are provided the opportunity to practice the basics of each system in a computer lab.
Officer Safety: This multiple day training segment examines statistical data relative to officer assaults and the realities of dangers in the role of probation and parole officer. Participants will learn proper methods of office and field contacts, to include approach and departure of the residence, and each officer’s role while conducting the visit. Emphasis is placed on positioning and weapon awareness when conducting these activities. Arrest planning and execution while in the office and field, as well as search and seizure of the offender, residence and vehicle are reviewed. Officers will learn effective techniques for diffusing situations, self-defense, handcuffing, use of full restraints, transporting the offender, the Use of Force Continuum, and secondary weapons with discussion surrounding the officer’s legal authority and limitations. Participants will be required to apply the skills learned during simulation exercises conducted in a realistic, controlled environment.
Employee Development: This interactive session with a panel of agency Leaders educates the participant of employee development opportunities and provides insight to the skills and characteristics of effective correctional leaders, how to balance work and personal life, and the pros and cons of dealing with a diversely large employee population.
First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Instruction includes the American Health and Safety professional course in CPR and First Aid. These courses teach the proper steps to respond to a variety of emergency situations and provide the most effective first aid. Instructional methods include audio/visual modules, student workbook, and skills practice.
Public Speaking: An introduction to the principles and practices of topic selection, research, audience analysis, organization, style and delivery of oral presentations.
Facility Tour: Participants observe incarceration facility operations, to include processing new receptions, security, and offender programs.