To reduce re-offending
The aim of the probation service and of every individual probation officer is to help build better and safer communities, by reducing the level of crime through the punishment and guided rehabilitation of offenders.
The selection criteria for prospective probation officers are determined by local Probation Trusts in partnership with their designated higher education provider.
They focus upon the candidate’s ability to obtain the Graduate Diploma within 15 months (in the first six months, they will work towards achieving six units of the level 5 Vocational Diploma in Probation Practice; in following next nine months they work towards achieving the remaining units of the VQ5 through a combination of academic study and work-based practice). Throughout their time with the Probation Trust they will be employed and work as a PSO.
All their training and education is directed toward achieving the stated aims of the probation service.