Probation Services

The Probation of Offenders Act of 1907 which brought about the birth of the Probation Service in Great Britain also provided for the establishment of a similar service here in the colonial territory. A Principal Probation Officer was appointed in 1945 and a full time Probation Service was established in 1946. The operations of Probation Services and its purpose and modus operandi are rooted in law. Over the years there have been many departures from the requirements of the statute which govern the operation of the service.

In law, the Probation Officer has always been described as the Social Worker of the Courts and maintains a presence in every Magisterial Court throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Probation Officers are tasked with the responsibility of preparing reports in criminal, matrimonial, domestic violence and legal custody and civil matters for the purpose of assisting the Court in judicious decision making.

Vision

To become an effective and efficient functionary within the socio legal network and to promote the philosophy of Probation.

Mission

To promote the rehabilitation of probationers, offenders, victims and dysfunctional families through research and advocacy.

Objectives

1. To promote the rehabilitation of probationers, offenders, victims and dysfunctional families
2. To develop understanding and skills in social work values;
3. To re-integrate offenders into communities and family; and
4. To prevent re-offending and to the protection of the public.

Services Provided

1. Supervision of Probationers
2. Preparation of Reports which includes Criminal Matters, Family Matters, Civil Matters and Domestic Violence Matters
3. Community Service Supervision
4. Bail Supervision
5. Counselling Matrimonial Matters
6. Family Sessions
7. Walk-in Clients (not referred to by the Court.) 


Programmes carried out by Probation Services Division

1.Thinking for a Change Programme
2. Remedial Therapy Programme

 

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