The Imperial County Probation Department may not get much publicity, but that does not take away from the importance of the service it provides. Probation officers provide an essential presence in the community and in schools.
For that reason we are pleased to hear the county Probation Department has received a grant of more than $513,000 to hire more probation officers to "complete the circle." What that means is a portion of the funding will go toward hiring three new probation officers, which will allow the department to place at least one probation officer in every school district in the county.
Probation officers on campus can and do keep their eyes on young people who may be starting to sway in the wrong direction and those who have already taken a step that way. They also can keep an eye on those youths who may not be getting the attention at home they deserve and will intervene if deemed necessary.