The Office of Adult Probation Supervision was established in 1998. Under the direction of the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court, the OAPS is tasked with supervising all persons released on probation and/or on a suspended sentence. Such supervision encompasses a wide range of responsibilities including:
· Maintaining complete records;
· Serving warrants of arrests and making arrests;
· Investigating and reporting to the court on probation cases;
· Securing and keeping complete identification records;
· Maintaining a written statement of the conditions of all suspended persons and persons on probation;
· Obtaining and assembling information on the probationer’s conduct;
· Bringing defaulting probationers into court when there’s justification to revoke suspension of a sentence;
· Having all other powers and duties necessary to carry out the OAPS responsibilities and as deemed appropriate by the Judiciary.
OAPS has as an overarching goal to reduce and deter crime and recidivism, also offering treatment services, crime prevention services, and victim restitution.
Probation officers have the authority similar to that of peace officers and also have the right to carry a firearm in the performance of their official duties.