Brown County Probation Department Duties: Brown County Probation Department has the responsibility to provide adult misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and juvenile probation services to the district court. All adult felony offenders (with the exception of most felony DWI’s) are supervised by the Department of Corrections. Brown County Probation staff supervise, counsel and assist probation offenders so they may make a satisfactory adjustment in our communities. This is done through offender contact and visits as well as contact with schools, employers, family members, victims, counselors, and law enforcement. All offenders on probation sign an agreement outlining acceptable behavior and court obligations. The court is informed when offenders are not complying with supervision requirements.
Statutory Authority: MS 244.19 Subd. 3 Powers and Duties. All county probation officers serving a district court shall act under the orders of the court in reference to any person committed to their care by court, and in the performance of their duties shall have the general powers of a peace officer, and it shall be their duty to make such investigations with regard to any person as may be required by the court before, during, or after the trial or hearing, and to furnish to the court such information and assistance as may be required; to take charge of any person before, during or after trial or hearing when so directed by the court, and to keep such records and make such reports to the court as the court may order.
All county probation officers serving a district court shall, in addition, provide probation and parole services to wards of the commissioner of corrections resident in the counties they serve, and shall act under the orders of said commissioner of corrections in reference to any ward committed to their care by the commissioner of corrections.
All probation officers serving a district court shall, under the direction of the authority having power to appoint them, initiate programs for the welfare of persons coming within the jurisdiction of the court to prevent delinquency and crime and to rehabilitate within the community persons who come within the jurisdiction of the court and are properly subject to efforts to accomplish prevention and rehabilitation.
They shall, under the direction of the court, cooperate with all law enforcement agencies, schools, child welfare agencies of a public or private character, and other groups concerned with the prevention of crime and delinquency and rehabilitation of persons convicted of crime and delinquency.