The Los Angeles County Probation Department is committed to rebuilding lives and working for healthier and safer communities. We’ve remained fiscally prudent while implementing best practices in service delivery and improved personnel recruitment.
Among our achievements in recent years, we have reached full compliance with a 2008 Department of Justice Memorandum of Agreement for Juvenile Probation camps. We’ve also held Peace Officer Academy orientations resulting in the graduation of more than 250 officers who have joined the ranks in juvenile institutions and the field.
We’ve established educational and vocational pathways for youth detained in halls and camps that include Career Technical Education programs and college courses at some of our camps and halls. Meanwhile, ground has been broken at Camp Vernon Kilpatrick, paving the way for the LA Model, which emphasizes cottage-style housing to better support rehabilitative treatment and behavioral modification interventions.
Our Field Services now operates four Day Reporting Centers and six new AB 109 offices in addition to the 21 area offices and five sub-offices throughout the county. Approximately 82,000 adults and 27,000 juveniles were monitored, supervised and resourced as part of their case plans.
Abolishing the commercial sexual exploitation of children also remains among the department’s priorities as part of a multi-agency response to growing sex trafficking in the county.
On Skid Row, our innovative Probation Mobile Command Unit enables homeless probationers to remain in compliance with court orders by reporting to a probation officer for supervision. Probationers also receive treatment, housing and employment assistance, and community partners donate health and hygiene items.
Looking ahead, we’re excited about a partnership with the state attorney general’s office to pilot the Back on Track – LA program, aimed at reducing recidivism through the medical field’s model of early intervention for incarcerated offenders. This model offers cognitive behavioral management treatment, completion of high school or vocational education, learning life skills and an intensive re-entry process that includes job placement and housing.
The men and women of the Probation Department are proud of their continued successes in making a difference in our communities.