Probation & Parole Officers
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Probation officers monitor the conduct and behavior of criminal offenders serving probation terms. Parole officers monitor the reintegration of criminal offenders serving the remainder of sentences while conditionally released into the community on parole. Classification officers assess inmates and develop rehabilitation programs for criminal offenders who are incarcerated in correctional facilities. They are employed by federal and provincial governments and work in the community and in correctional facilities. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below.
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta- based occupational information
- Sokanu: Probation Officer - occupational information and videos
- Probation officer job classification - from Manitoba Civil Service Commission
- Job profile: Parole Officer - Correctional Service of Canada
- Careers in Justice: Probation & Parole Officer - CliquezJustice.ca (JustJustice.ca)
- Meet Hamza Al-Baghdadi: Parole Officer Supervisor - CBC's Keeping Canada Safe
- Interview - A working life: The probation officer - from The Guardian (U.K.)
- A day in the Life of a 'Newly Qualified' Probation Officer - Confederation of European Probation
A bachelor's degree in social work, criminology, psychology, sociology or other related science discipline is required. A master's degree may be required (NOC). Students may pursue training at U of M. Please contact Correctional Service Canada and Manitoba Justice Department for more information.
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Information for foreign-trained probation and parole officers - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
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- Explore Careers: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S.)
- Government of Canada - Rates of Pay - see CX Correctional Services, Appendix A
- MGEU Collective Agreements - see Civil Service Master Agreement - Locals 1 - 55
- Canada's Best Jobs 2014 - Canadian Business magazine
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- Manitoba Department of Justice - Community Safety Division (Community Corrections, Adult and Youth Correctional Centres)
- Correctional Service of Canada - National facility directory
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