There are several ways in which one may enter the department of corrections based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This career pathway integrates the professions of a probation officer and a community work supervisor. This job suits one who possesses life skills, the ability to communicate effectively, a knack for noticing discrepancies in human behavior and fair reasoning. On a daily basis, one may have to visit the home of an offender who remains under ‘house arrest’. The job involves monitoring the whereabouts of an offender who is placed on a schedule. Should the offender break his/her curfew or breach the community service agreement or detention, the offender would be charged and be summoned back to court. The judge would deem whether or not community service can continue to achieve the end result of preventing the offender from committing an offense again in the future. If an unauthorized absence occurs during probation, the court decision can be made to revoke community service altogether.
A probation officer or community work supervisor will be called to oversee programming, outdoor work activities or routines that are assigned to the offenders to give them a chance to experience the real life of working on the job (i.e. cleaning up a park or planting trees). This job involves giving direction, being concise, supporting the community, maintaining leadership, interacting with offenders and helping all participants to feel proud of their work. It’s equally important to have cultural awareness. One should have a First Aid Certificate, Driver’s License and ideally a degree in Criminology, Psychology, Sociology or Social Work. Security Professionals are considered on applications into this profession.
Upon acceptance, training would be offered in reference to role-specific tasks. The job would be primarily be based at a work-related site, a prison or a remote monitoring centre. One some days, the job would involve being transient.
Guidelines are set forth for applying within Canada, as listed on the web-site of the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
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