Intake Officer

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Intake Officer
As a juvenile intake officer your requirements for the job are, a bachelor's degree in a field related to criminal justice, psychology or social work. In other cases, candidates may be able to start out in other positions in the juvenile detention system with only a high school diploma, often gaining the necessary experience to become a juvenile intake officer. Even if a candidate meets all the education requirements for a position, he or she may be required to complete a probationary period of up to a year. Applicants for juvenile intake officer positions may need to pass psychological examinations to show they are fit to work with minors. They also must be able to pass a drug test and prove that they have not been convicted of felonies. Some positions require a valid driver's license and familiarity with computers, as well as strong writing skills. Excellent listening and interpersonal skills are also helpful. Juvenile intake officers’ conduct assessments of youths to determine whether they're in need of assistance or disciplinary measures. They take into account a juvenile's history, mental health, family situation and other factors when determining how to handle an issue. These issues are often brought before them by either law enforcement or families and include truancy, drug and alcohol use, destructive behavior, misdemeanors and felonies. Once the officer understands a minor's history and actions, he or she can recommend punishment and treatment options. These officers often assist law enforcement with admission processing and placement screening. Typical duties include referring families to community resources; providing offenders with crisis intervention; transporting juveniles to court or detention hearings; maintaining records; and corresponding with youth, parents and attorneys. Additional duties might include serving summonses and aiding in the release of juveniles. Juvenile Intake officers duties are different then juvenile judges...
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