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The Department is led by Chief Probation Officer Benny G. Benavidez and he is committed to reducing recidivism and promoting community safety by the efforts of his staff.

The Imperial County Probation Department assists the Criminal and Civil Court System in Imperial County, California. Imperial County Probation Officers supervise an average of 3000 adult and juvenile offenders on Court-Ordered Probation or in Diversion Programs. Imperial County Probation Officers also serve an investigative role for the Courts, by producing sentencing reports and recommendations, among many other reports. Imperial County Probation Officers are also involved with specialized units that work with local police agencies and Task Forces. The Imperial County Probation Department supervises and provides case management services for offenders in the criminal justice system. It conducts independent investigations on child custody and step parent adoption cases.

The Probation Department works in a collaborative manner with other law enforcement, social services agencies, mental health, schools, public and private community partnerships as well as other county departments. The dedicated sworn-personnel enjoy a wide variety of assignments from conducting investigations on adult and juvenile criminal offenders; providing intensive supervision, early intervention and treatment services in the community to both adult and juvenile offenders; participating in high profile task force assignments. The responsibility of the department encompasses juvenile services, adult services and the operation of a juvenile hall. The non-sworn staff also have an equally valuable responsibility in making sure that our business processes are seamless as well as help provide excellent customer service.

In 2011, the Imperial County Probation Department assumed responsibility for supervising specified lower level parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a result of the Public Safety Realignment Act (Assembly Bill 109). AB 109 was signed into law on April 4, 2011, and transferred responsibility for supervision to counties in an effort to reduce the prison population. Probation supervises these offenders and is part of the Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee (CCPEC) along with the Court, Public Defender, District Attorney, Behavioral Health, local police and the Sheriff, which is charged with the development of an annual plan to implement realignment. The Probation Department works toward these goals in a collaborative effort with many other county, state and federal agencies. We are one element of a law and justice system that must work together to service this county.

I am proud to lead a staff of approximately 120 corrections professionals who strive to keep Imperial County a safe and wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Whether you are visiting this website for specific information, want to learn more about Probation in Imperial County, or you are interested in becoming part of our team... I welcome you.