Juvenile Services Division
The Juvenile Services Division protects and serves the community by providing Investigation and Supervision services for the Court, meeting the needs of crime victims, facilitating treatment opportunities for offenders and their families through collaborative partnerships, and monitoring the treatment of offenders in specialized programs. The Juvenile Services Division is composed of Court Services and Field Supervision Units in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc.
The Court Services Units provide Intake and Investigation services for the Court. Deputy Probation Officers in these units evaluate referrals from law enforcement agencies and perform risks and needs assessments of offenders. Some cases may be handled informally through community diversion opportunities while others are handled formally with a referral to the District Attorney's Office.
Field Supervision Units provide supervision services to all communities in the County. Services are prioritized to address the needs of the offenders who represent the greatest risk to reoffend. Deputy Probation Officers in these units contact offenders at their homes, schools, and other community locations, and work closely with offenders' parents and families in addressing the factors that contribute to delinquent behavior.
The Juvenile Services Division also provides oversight to any offender placed by the Court in a residential treatment program. These programs are primarily located throughout the State of California but can also include California-certified and approved programs in other states. These programs are regulated by Federal and State laws and administrative rules, and the Deputy Probation Officers assigned to supervise these cases meet with offenders at least monthly at the program sites.