Sheriff's Office - Parole & Probation
In Oregon, the supervision of adult offenders on parole, probation, and post-prison supervision is known as Community Corrections. According to the Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors, "Community Corrections is responsible for the supervision of convicted adult felons whom the courts and parole board have placed in the community under a limited, structured state of freedom. The overall goal is to protect the community by helping offenders become law-abiding, contributing citizens."
In some locations in the State, Community Corrections is the responsibility of the Department of Corrections. In others, it comes under the authority of County Commissioners.
In Benton County, Community Corrections is the responsibility of the Parole & Probation Division of the Sheriff's Office. We are responsible for supervising adult offenders on parole, probation, and post-prison supervision who reside in Benton County.
Deputies in our division are known as Parole & Probation Officers, or POs. Within the context of their job, they play many different roles. These may range from a law enforcement to a counselor role. In dealing with these varying roles, they must be able to assess what is happening with an offender and provide the supervision, guidance, and accountability that an offender needs to be successful.