Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Madera County Probation Department is to encourage positive change in the lives of offenders through Collaborative Partnerships, Evidence Based Practices, and Corrective Services.
The vision of the Madera County Probation Department is to strive for excellence by providing innovative programming through evidence-based practices. Our team is devoted to become the model Department in community corrections by inspiring all staff to achieve their maximum professional potential with integrity, accountability, and commitment to public safety.
Law Obey and enforce all laws within our community.
Ever Evolving Continually embracing progress.
Accountability Willingness to accept responsibility.
Diversity Our diverse staff contributes to our mission.
Empathy Understanding of another's experience.
Respect Show regard or consideration of others.
Supportive Mentoring with encouragement and understanding.
Humor Maintaining a fun easygoing work environment.
Integrity Adherence to moral and ethical principles.
Professionalism Always making the right decision even though it might not be the popular choice.
Probation is one component of a complex system of justice. The citizens have given the system as a whole the responsibility of protecting them from harm by criminal offender And this decree has been enforced by the legislature which has statutorily identified the system's prime responsibility as holding our citizens safe from criminal harm.
Our mission as Probation Officers is to serve the citizenry of Madera County by discharging the duties assigned us by California statutes. Since these duties are many and varied, our mission is multiple.
As fact gatherers, we have responsibility for recommending those actions which offer greatest potential for positive change by the offender when potential for such change is seen to exist, provided this can be done without placing the citizenry in harm's way. Where risk of harm is present, our responsibility is to recommend that action which offers greatest protection from that harm.
As enforcers and monitors, we must first see to the proper execution and enforcement of the court's orders, doing so in a firm yet humane manner. This role runs a continuum from absolute enforcer to total supporter arid we must ever adjust our position along that continuum as defendants behavior decrees.
To effectively discharge our duties, we must have the ongoing support of the citizens and must maintain positive inter-agency relations at all levels of service. This means each and every staff member, in any contact with either citizens of the community representatives of any agency, is representing our entire agency and the image of our agency as a whole is the composite of each and all of those contacts.
Included in our prime responsibility of protecting our citizens from harm is the responsibility to protect our clients from harming themselves, and therein is the blending of the role of enforcer and helper.