Polk County


Electronic Monitoring Officer

Bartow, Florida

Job Description

Electronic Monitoring Officer

(County Probation)

Must have the physical, developmental and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated below:

Major Function

Monitoring and supervision of individuals completing their jail sentence in an electronically monitored program rather than in the Polk County jail.

Illustrative Duties

Performs initial interview of court referred offenders obtaining medical, social, criminal or penal history for supervision purposes. Installs electronic monitoring equipment on the offender. Counsels and instructs all offenders regarding court ordered requirements and informs offenders of their conditional release from jail pending completion of these requirements and the electronic monitoring program. Instructs and directs offenders in the proper usage, requirements and maintenance of provided equipment. Schedules times and dates when the offender is to be at work, at home or at other predetermined locations. Sets up computer aided programs and enters data to ensure offender is monitored at all times. May setup inclusion or exclusion zones and explain these zones and their purpose to the offender. Monitors and reacts to violations of these predetermined restraints. Documents all instructions to and contacts with offender.

Verifies information provided by offender regarding past and present work or social activities. Refers and coordinates offender’s social, medical or work related problems and/or situations to area agencies, departments, authorities or resources. Directs and monitors enrollment in and completion of any and all ordered alcohol, drug or mental health evaluations and required treatment. May be required to make home visits to ensure offender is complying with outlined restrictions and that all equipment is working properly. Will be required to collect and process fees associated with this supervision.

Supervises offender’s activities pertaining to conduct as well as domestic and employment adjustments. Ensures that offender is maintaining all conditions of release and meeting all financial obligations ordered by the court. Prepares and completes

applicable and required forms, reports and memorandums. Attends and testifies during legal proceedings/hearings as needed. May be required to prepare pre-sentence investigation reports.

Because County Probation and the BoCC have a high degree of public accountability, regular attendance and punctuality are essential requirements of this position.

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Knowledge of laws and procedures relating to maintenance of confidential court records. Knowledge of skillful interviewing techniques. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to use good judgment and make independent decisions. Ability to learn and interpret Criminal Justice Information System processes and codes. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records not deemed to be public information. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively to customers or employees of the organization. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to organize, prioritize and manage work to meet necessary time requirements and work load. Ability to work cooperatively as a team member with other employees of the work unit. Ability to maintain attention to detail. Ability to remain calm in an anxious, intense environment. Ability to research resource materials. Ability to operate standard office equipment. Ability to operate a Personal Computer and/or mainframe software applications. Ability to remain flexible as conditions change and continue effective performance in the face of additional challenges.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit;

use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduate of an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in criminology, psychology, sociology or a related field and have a minimum of two (2) years probation or related case management experience.

Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver’s license at the time of employment.

A comparable amount of related training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

Special Requirements

Must have own daily transportation and have a telephone available 24 hours a day as employee is subject to call.

Some overtime may be required.

This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.

Must undergo a Level 2 (FDLE) screening submitted electronically before commencing work. Those obtaining this certification must maintain certification as a condition of employment.

Special Preference

Bilingual ability (English-Spanish) is preferred.