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Hi Samoa: I am not a probation officer but I briefly practiced criminal law. Please keep that in mind as I answer. Plus, I grew up in Brooklyn, New York at a time there were problems. That said, as I recall the probation officers all had huge case loads and were seriously overworked back then. Generally the officers had to keep track of a lot of people who did not like being tracked. Plus as a probation officer it is often hard not forming attachments with some of the people on probation. You care. Sometimes it is hard to keep your distance. However as an arm of law enforcement you are a critical part of helping people get back on the right track. You need to get a good education and always remember that as you move forward you help others by example. Good luck!
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