Juvenile Field Services (JFS)
Juvenile Field Services supervise over 550 juvenile offenders in the cities of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Ojai, Ventura, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Port Hueneme and Oxnard. Supervision levels vary from low to medium risk and juveniles are seen regularly in the office, at their schools, or in their homes. The unit’s officers coordinate with numerous community based organizations, as well as law enforcement, to provide support to the juveniles and their families. They refer offenders and their families to treatment when necessary. The unit also reviews new juvenile citations and either forwards them to the District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration, or addresses them in-house by assigning sanctions such as violence prevention, graffiti prevention, or petty theft classes. Other responses include assigning community work or charitable contributions to the community. Officers write regular review reports for 654.2 WIC, 654.1 WIC, 790 WIC, and 725 WIC grants, and submit them to the court with recommendations, file probation violations, and arrest offenders when necessary. Additionally, restitution is regularly collected by the unit officers from the juvenile offenders and returned to the victims.
Intensive Supervision Services - Juveniles Unit (ISSJ)
This unit is comprised of armed deputy probation officers who supervise high risk juvenile probationers. Juvenile probationers include youth granted deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) and/or wards of the juvenile court. TAY probationers include 18-21 year-olds who have been placed on formal probation by the adult court. All persons supervised by ISSJ have been identified as high risk or in need of intensive supervision. Additionally, juveniles that have been adjudicated for sex related offenses are supervised by this unit at an intensive level and participate in sex offender treatment. ISSJ is also for the supervision of those youth placed on Home Supervision/Electronic Monitoring (HS/EM) by the juvenile court. Youth placed on HS/EM are supervised at an even higher level, with weekly contact in the home or at school. Officer’s duties include weekly meetings with probationers in the office and in the field; and contact with family members, school officials, and other local law enforcement in an effort to monitor the probationer’s compliance. Officers assigned to this unit work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends. Additionally, officers conduct risk and needs assessments and establish case/treatment plans for each probationer, make referrals to community-based organizations, enforce conditions of probation, and prepare reports for the court. Deputy probation officers work closely with community-based organizations such as the Coalition for Family Harmony, City Impact, and the Boys and Girls Club. In addition to the daily demands of the unit, armed deputy probation officers complete monthly firearms training and quarterly firearms qualifications. This unit also oversees the Gateway School deputy probation officer position.