The San Diego County Probation Department has more than 150 armed probation officers who support department operations and collaborate with fellow law enforcement agencies.
- CATCH ID Team:
The goals of the armed CATCH Team is to conduct 4th waiver searches on clients with a search condition who have histories of identity theft, forgery, or grand theft through the use of a computer. The Probation Department works in collaboration with the District Attorney, Department of Justice, San Diego Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, and the United States Postal Inspector. If new crimes relating to identity theft are discovered, they are investigated and prosecuted.
- Electronic Surveillance Program (ESP):
Through this program clients may be placed back into their homes instead of jail. An electronic detection device monitors client’s movements and probation officers frequently stop by for visits. Clients may go to work but have restrictions on most other activities.
- Adult Gang Supervision and Juvenile Gang Intervention and Intensive Supervision:
Goals of the armed Adult Gang Supervision and Juvenile Gang Intervention and Intensive Supervision Unit are to assist the client to successfully complete probation, to recommend immediate prosecution of probation violators, provide education and information to the public, and develop timely and accurate criminal intelligence. Duties to accomplish these goals include, monthly contacts with clients in the field and in the office, random drug testing, conducting 4th waiver searches, and submitting reports of new offenses or probation violations. Gang supervision officers assist adult and juvenile clients by assessing their risk and needs and by referring individuals to appropriate community based organizations for counseling, training, and/or support. The Adult Gang Supervision and Juvenile Gang Intervention and Intensive Supervision also provides gang awareness presentations to schools, community based organizations, and other law enforcement agencies.
- Home Supervision Program/Juvenile Electronic Surveillance Program:
Home Supervision is established through the Welfare & Institutions Code Sections 840 & 841 that mandates when a youth is brought to Juvenile Hall following an arrest for a new crime or a violation of probation, a probation officer has discretion to release the youth, detain them in Juvenile Hall pending a court hearing or place them on Home Supervision. Youth may remain on supervision for several weeks, up to a few months, pending adjudication. Youth are typically released on Home Supervision after a Detention Control Unit officer at Juvenile Hall completes a detailed intake assessment using a point system based on numerous factors. The vast majority of youth who remain in custody have been arrested for a serious felony, have been committed to a custodial program, are awaiting placement in a Residential Treatment Facility or they have significant violations of probation.
In addition to serving as an initial option following arrest, Home Supervision serves as an alternative to custody for youth serving commitments to programs such as Breaking Cycles. The vast majority of youth on Home Supervision are post-disposition, whether it be as ordered by the court for violations of probation or as part of a commitment as directed by a casework probation officer.
The Home Supervision Unit also uses GPS monitoring through the Electronic Surveillance Program (ESP), as a tool to provide more information to enhance compliance of the Home Supervision conditions.
- Jurisdictions Unified for Drug and Gang Enforcement (JUDGE):
This is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of armed Probation Officers working in partnership with officers from San Diego Police, Chula Vista Police, National City Police, State Parole, San Diego County Sheriff, Escondido Police, and Oceanside Police. This unit targets drug and gang involved clients, parolees, and other criminals who have been convicted of "strike" crimes. This task force is operated under a grant that is administered by the San Diego County District Attorney.
- Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT)
RATT is a multi-agency law enforcement team with the task of increasing the apprehension and prosecution of professional auto and cargo thieves using regional proactive methods. The armed task force uses each agency’s resources to identify, target, apprehend, and prosecute organized criminal groups involved in these activities.
- Multi jurisdictional Units:
Armed Probation Officers are assigned to multi-jurisdictional task forces such as the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, Narcotics Task Force, F.B.I. Task Force, North County Regional Gang Task Force, and the Violent Crime Task Force.
- Transportation Unit:
The Transportation Unit's primary operational duty is to execute safe and secure transport of individuals (juvenile and adult) who are under the care, custody, and control of the Probation Department. For juvenile clients, these transports occur most often between Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility and East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility to facilitate attendance at court hearings, psychological evaluations, out-of-home placement interviews, and to adjust population levels at the two facilities. Daily additional duties include the transportation of clients into the community for hearings held in regional courts, medical/dental appointments, hospitalizations, residential treatment placement, and transfer between detention facilities throughout the State of California. For adult clients, the Transportation Unit provides local transport services between four adult detention facilities and various sober living programs for placement purposes, as well as out of state extraditions.