Pretrial Officer - Arapahoe County, CO

Posted:
September 10, 2019

Agency:
Arapahoe County,CO

Title:
Pretrial Officer

Description:

Description

Promotes public safety by performing highly responsible tasks associated with the supervision of criminal defendants who are ordered by the court to be supervised in the community while on bond. The Pretrial Officer is responsible for completing a risk assessment for consideration by the Court in determining conditions for supervision; testifying in court as necessary; coordinating pretrial services with the Court, attorneys and probation; interviewing clients (criminal defendants) to explain conditions of supervision and for regularly scheduled supervisory meetings, installing and testing monitoring devices such as ankle and GPS monitors; and alerting law enforcement and/or the District Attorney as monitoring violations occur. As supervisory alerts can be received at any time from the devices that are worn by those who are supervised, the Pretrial Officer will be assigned regular, "on-call" shifts for after-hours work. As each Pretrial Officer supervises many high risk clients (e.g., clients accused of sex offenses, domestic violence, etc.) the consequence of errors is significant, up to and including harm to a protected party. The Pretrial Officer is appointed by the Court to be a Bond Commissioner empowered with responsibility to exercise independent judgment to petition the Court to revoke a criminal defendant's bond as appropriate. interviewing, caseload management, intake placement and agency development associated with the Arapahoe County Pretrial Release, and Community Corrections programs.  This includes coordinating services with the courts, attorneys, probation offices and other community services providers to include working with pretrial, adjudicated and convicted clientele.  The Pretrial Officer is required to maintain neutrality in the supervision of defendants.

Please know the work schedule for this position varies depending on assignment, work schedule may be Sunday-Thursday or Mon-Fri, may be required to work early morning hours starting at 5am, requires rotating on-call responsibilities to respond to GPS violations 24/7, weekends and holidays included.

Duties

The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required.  The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this position at any time.

Performs professional investigative work during the work week as well as when working an "on-call" shift to provide quality and timely information to the criminal courts, which supports the judicial decision to release or detain the defendant:

Compiles lists of defendants needing risk assessment interviews and completes appropriate documentation.

Interviews, investigates and evaluates clients incarcerated on criminal charges to gather and verify defendants' criminal history information to determine their risk level using a validated risk assessment tool.

Produces a quality, First Appearance Report that is relied upon by the judges as they make their pretrial release decisions.  A high degree of accuracy is imperative to help ensure future court appearance and public safety as errors may result in a defendant being unnecessarily detained or may result in a defendant being released without conditions

Attends court hearings for the purpose of gathering and clarifying information for the District/County courts regarding pretrial supervision and court ordered conditions of bond.

Secures defendant information from the Colorado Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center, and the Colorado State Courts Data Access system.

Enters and maintains updated risk reports and client supervision information on the Division's computer database system without unnecessary delay.  Attention to detail, spelling and grammar, and overall quality of the report are essential.

Provides testimony in court on assigned cases as requested or when subpoenaed.

As a Court-appointed Bond Commissioner, makes recommendations to judges that bonds be revoked on subsequent arrest or problem clients, or when there is imminent danger to the community. 

Maintains an assigned caseload, supervising and monitoring the client's performance with conditions of bond (including electronic monitoring and global positioning).  Managing a pretrial caseload requires sound, independent judgement and problem solving skills to determine when a request for the issuance of an arrest warrant is in the best interest of public safety.  The consequence of errors is significant as failure to exercise sound judgment may compromise public safety: 

Performs professional work that ensures effective supervision and monitoring of defendants placed on supervision or diversion using differentiated case management principles and documents compliance with all other aspects of the defendants' supervision.

Supervises clients ordered by the court to be placed under Pretrial Release supervision to ensure appearance for scheduled court hearings and compliance with all court ordered conditions of bond including defendants making required contacts, utilizing electronic monitoring equipment; assigning urinalysis to monitor defendant drug use and monitoring any other court ordered conditions of bond:

Offers information and resources to defendants for various treatment agencies or assistance with alcohol, drug, mental health, or personal problems.

Develops strong working relationships with the Courts, District Attorney and Defense Counsel and treatment providers. Reports defendant compliance and non-compliance as appropriate.

Installs Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment on defendants ordered to be on GPS monitoring as a condition of bond.  GPS installations are conducted primarily inside the Arapahoe County Detention Center, prior to the defendant's release from custody:

Monitors criminal defendants ordered by the court and placed on enhanced supervision including electronic home monitoring and GPS.

Regularly checks monitoring equipment to confirm that the defendant does not violate the conditions of bond.

Makes sound, independent decisions regarding the course of action to take when addressing GPS violations or unusual supervision circumstances (to include contacting law enforcement to conduct welfare checks, filing motions for arrest warrants, contacting the on-call deputy district attorney or judge/magistrate outside of normal business hours).  Consequences of failing to respond to GPS violations or to exercising good decision-making, may present a public safety risk or result in harm to a protected party. 

Requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department, to cover other shifts and assignments as directed. Required to work a rotating on-call schedule to quickly respond to GPS violations.  On-call requires assigned on-call officer to remain in an area where cell phone coverage is sufficient to receive notification of GPS violations 24/7, weekends and holidays following established policies and procedures. May be assigned to an early shift (e.g., 5 a.m. start time) to conduct bond interviews. 

May be required to assist in preparing monthly statistical reports and assist with preparation of quarterly and annual reports associated with the Pretrial Services Program. 

May be required to assist the Alternative Services/Useful Public Service Program and Community Corrections Program with completing supervision intakes 

Performs other duties as assigned, including assisting Business Associates with answering telephone calls and working the front desk

Requirements

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or related field is required 

A minimum of two years' experience working in the criminal justice system preferred, or any equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 
 
REQUIRED SKILLS, ABILITIES AND COMPETENCIES:
Knowledge of computer equipment to include spreadsheets, databases, word processing, a variety of software packages. 

Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing circumstances, criminal justice laws and internal policies. 

Research, analyze, interpret and compile moderately complex criminal history records to prepare a variety of professional reports. 

Record and maintain case details from specific court events and enter into a case management database. 

Attend designated court hearings, provide case status updates and monitor future court dates. 

Conduct on-going supervision of assigned caseload, tracking case from arrest through disposition. 

Business report writing, with attention to detail, grammar and punctuation; using approved templates and designated report writing format. 

Facilitate pretrial supervision releases by providing orientation and reviewing the courts order with defendants approved for pretrial supervision. 

Respond to GPS supervision violations immediately or within designated timeframes during office hours and in an on-call capacity. 

Coordinate holds for Electronic Monitoring until installation of equipment, independently and successfully complete equipment installation and make appropriate notifications. 

Follow up with treatment providers, as necessary. 

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

Ability to interact, establish working relationships, and deal effectively, professionally and confidentially with Judges, non-judicial personnel, attorneys, other County employees and officials, professional peers, supervisors, and outside agencies.  Serving as a liaison between agencies and the court. 

Deal effectively and professionally with defendants from various backgrounds, in various stressful conditions, and with a highly volatile, potentially violent population, possibly displaying behavioral health disturbances. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers and the general public. 

Develop knowledge of legal terminology related to the criminal justice system. 

Ability to follow guidelines and standard practices in assigned area, and Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, and regulations. 

Bi-Lingual in Spanish preferred.
 
PRE-EMPLOYMENT ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must successfully pass pre-employment testing with includes an acceptable motor vehicle record (MVR) check and CJIS background check. 

POST-EMPLOYEMENT ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Obtain and maintain a valid Class "R" Colorado Driver's License within two weeks of hire. 

Obtain and maintain NCIC/CCIC computer operator certification within 30 days of hire. 

Maintain consistent and regular attendance, which is required.

Supplemental Information

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed primarily in a standard office.  Travel to satellite offices, detention center, court house, community corrections programs, or other specified location may be required as business needs dictate.

Shift schedule includes working a rotating 24/7 on-call schedule covering weekends, nights and holidays.  May be subject to work rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, during emergencies, or natural disasters, and to cover other shifts/assignments as required with minimal advance notice. 

Requires work in secure facilities. 
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The following are physical demands commonly associated with this position.
 
Subject to standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, climbing stairs, squatting and repetitive motion to perform the essential functions.  Approximately 90% of each day spent sitting. 

Occasionally lifts, carries, pulls or pushes up to 20 lbs. 

Visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer, office equipment and other work related equipment. 

Oral and auditory capacity enabling constant interpersonal communication through electronic devices (email, text, telephone) and in-person in a courtroom or office setting. 
 
Please list any special physical demands associated with this position.  For instance, exposure to hazardous environments, blood borne pathogens, extreme heat/cold, use of power equipment or machinery, wearing of PPE (personal protective equipment).
 
N/A
 
Definitions:
Occasionally:  Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently:  Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly:  Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.

As a regular full-time or part-time Arapahoe County employee you may be eligible for benefits such as:

Medical and Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life and Supplemental Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Plan, Flexible Benefit Plan, Pre-paid Legal Service Plan,
Vacation and Sick leave time, Holiday pay, and the Training and Educational Reimbursement Program.

For a more detailed listing of our benefit programs, click on the MENU link on the left and then Benefits Summary.

01
Please choose the response that best describes your educational background.
  • Some high school courses
  • High School Graduate or GED
  • Some college courses
  • Associate Degree
  • Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or related field
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or related field
  • Master's Degree
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice or related field
02
Please choose the best answer that best describes your experience working in the criminal justice system.
  • No experience
  • Less than one year of experience
  • One year but less than two years of experience
  • Two years but less than three years of experience
  • Three years but less than four years of experience
  • Four years but less than five years of experience
  • Five years but less than six years of experience
  • Over six years of experience
03
Please describe your experience working in the criminal justice system.
04
Please explain why you are the best fit candidate for this position.
05
The work schedule for this position is currently Sunday 5am to 1:30pm, Monday 9am to 5:30pm and Tuesday through Thursday 8am to 4:30pm. Hours may vary depending on the needs of the Division. Are you willing and able to work these days and hours?
  • Yes
  • No
06
Do you have a current, valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No
07
Have you received six or more points within the past twelve months or eight or more points within the past twenty-four months against your driving record?
  • Yes
  • No
08
How many moving traffic violations have you been cited for in the past two years?
  • Less than 3 violations
  • 3 or 4 violations
  • 5 or more violations
09
In the past five years, have you had your driver's license revoked or suspended?
  • Yes
  • No
10
If hired, are you able to furnish proof you are currently eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship?
  • Yes
  • No

* Required Question



Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
September 22, 2019

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