Red Light Ball: A year of facing change, meeting challenges |

Red Light Ball: A year of facing change, meeting challenges

One of the constants in 2007 for the Nevada County Probation Department has been change. The department has seen a complete turnover in its management staff, and there have been many new officers and staff members added throughout the year. With the addition of new staff, many challenges have been met.

Also, the state has changed the way juvenile offenders are handled. New funding in the area of mentally ill criminal offenders has been granted. All of this has created change in how the probation department carries out its mission. As with any change, things can get difficult.

However, in meeting all the of its challenges, the department has not faltered in meeting its mission to protect the community. It has continued to be an agent for change in people’s lives.

Having the support of the community is encouraging, and the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council continues to support the probation department through a myriad of activities, whether financial support, advocating for agencies or providing recognition.

These are exciting times for the probation department, as we work with the Behavioral Health Department to engage in services for mentally ill juvenile and adult offenders under the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant.

A realignment of money from the state has created an opportunity for the probation department to work with Child Protective Services to improve outcomes for foster children in both of our systems.

The department continues to work closely with the courts to support the specialty courts, such as Adult Drug Court and the Mental Health Court.

The LEFPC recognizes the value of the criminal justice collaboration and is an advocate for the support of the criminal justice partners.

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