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The Bergen County Probation Department is the enforcement arm of the state judicial system statutorily responsible for the supervision of offenders placed on probation or other expressly permitted supervision status by any court within the county, and for the collection and disbursement of such payments as are ordered by the court(s). By statute and interstate agreements, the Probation Department also provides these services to residents who are under such orders originating outside the county's own jurisdiction.

The "calculated risk" which attached to allowing offenders to remain under supervision in the community demands that supervision services be sufficient to deter further criminality/delinquency. The department collects and disburses court-ordered levies including victim restitution, fines and penalties that help to underwrite a variety of law enforcement initiatives and drug/alcohol abuse prevention programs. The department's effective collection of court-ordered child support services reduces and even eliminates reliance on public welfare.

In connection with offender supervision, case plans predicated on individual risk/needs assessments are developed, modified as necessary, and implemented by probation officers who serve as both direct service providers (i.e. counseling, surveillance, oversight) and as referral agents for specialized services (i.e. substance abuse and psychological treatment). Subsequent unlawful behavior or significant noncompliance is promptly investigated and reported to the court for corrective action. Supervisors and others having knowledge of them are regularly contacted on both a scheduled and unscheduled basis, during and beyond regular business hours. The Bergen County Probation Department is an important aspect of public safety here in Bergen County and is an invaluable resource throughout the entire state.

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