Community Service Specialized Division
The San Francisco Adult Probation Department's Domestic Violence Unit includes ten deputy probation officers and two supervising probation officers. The unit is responsible for supervising individuals on probation for domestic violence, stalking and child abuse offenses. One deputy probation officer is assigned to assist DV Court, which aims to hold individuals accountable and change behavior through effective interventions. The probation department supervises each client based on their individual needs and court orders. The unit is also responsible for certifying and monitoring batterers intervention programs for the department pursuant to 1203.097 and 1203.098 PC requirements. The primary goal of each program is to promote victim safety. Click on a link to see the list of Domestic Violence Programs.
San Francisco Adult Probation and Sheriff Departments Liaison
The APD/SFSD Deputy Probation Officer Liaison conducts daily orientations for clients that are released from the San Francisco County jails and is the contact person between both departments regarding electronic monitoring, SFSD in and out of custody programming, as well as for contracted agencies that provide services through the SFSD. The liaison is also the contact for the Reentry Pod, which is a collaborative effort between the Adult Probation Department, the SFSD and Five Keys Charter School to provide focused reentry services during an inmate's final 30-120 days in custody.
Drug Abatement / RNET
The Department has dedicated staff to exclusively handle drug offenders who have had cases resulting from narcotics enforcement operations. The staff assigned to this program works closely with the San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Children Youth and Families and the Department of Public Health to facilitate appropriate criminal justice processes that would help a probationer down the path of immediate entry into treatment to address their substance abuse issues and lifestyle. This effort, using evidence-based practices, closely monitors compliance with the terms of probation, including stay away orders and conditions relating to utilization of treatment services.
Mentally Ill Offender
The program has staff who work non-traditional work hours in collaboration with the processes involved in Behavior Health Court; treatment team processes with the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender, Citywide Case Management Services, Department of Public Health, and any other service agency currently providing services to the mentally ill population in San Francisco. Program staff utilizes a good working knowledge of resources in San Francisco geared towards the mentally ill population and facilitates field supervision services to mentally ill probationers in this program. The staff, using evidence-based practices, will provide services to probationers who have presented themselves to have a higher level of needs in the probation system.
The Supervision Unit presently has caseloads that focus on providing intensive services and supervision to probationers who have had a history of involvement in violence-related activities in San Francisco. These caseloads are focused on the Hispanic Gangs active in the San Francisco area and on African American gang cases from the Bayview, Western Addition, and Sunnydale areas of the City. The officers work intensively with the San Francisco Police Department, particularly, the Gang Task Force (GTF) and with other agencies including the State of California Department of Justice, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and various Federal law enforcement agencies that monitor gang activity. The probation staff is key in providing referral resources to these probationers to help them find an avenue out of the criminal lifestyle that has led to violence in the community. The department works with community organizations supportive of this process such as City College Second Chance, TAP, and members of the Faith Community.