The primary responsibility of probation officers working with adults is to protect the community by providing services to the courts, defendants, and the community. Probationers under probation supervision are appropriately supervised and assisted to become law-abiding, productive individuals. Supervision may be intensive for offenders whose behavior poses a potential threat to public safety or medium to low for those whose offenses are determined to be less of a risk to the community.
Probation officers monitor probationers that have been convicted of felony and/or misdemeanor crimes. Officers may conduct random home and employment visits to monitor compliance with court and probation orders, which could include alcohol and drug tests when appropriate.