|May we welcome you to volunteer
work with the Kleberg County Community Supervision and Corrections Department.
Your attention is drawn to a certain crucial minimum set of rules, the
observance of which is necessary when working in a court setting.
1. RESPECT CONFIDENTIALITY
AT ALL TIMES. Anything you learn or do in relation to the offender
or his family is not under any circumstances, to be divulged to anyone
who is not professionally involved with the client. This is privileged
to protect the rights of the client and his family.
2. WHEN IN DOUBT ASK THE
PROBATION OFFICER BEFORE TAKING ACTION. Whenever you have the
slightest doubt as to what your legal or law enforcement obligations are,
you should check with the Probation Officer. Do this immediately,
before taking any action which might be seriously wrong or even illegal.
With authority comes responsibility. While you cannot be held legally
accountable for a client or his actions, you will have certain responsibilities
to the Court, including: continual feedback, cooperation, reliability,
and progress evaluations. Your Probation Officer will supervise your
work, acting as advisor and consultant, since he/she has ultimate responsibility
for the clients.
3. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT
COURT ORDER CONCERNING A PROBATIONER BE UNDERSTOOD AND COMPLIED WITH.
Most of us fully appreciate the counseling and rehabilitation aspects of
our work, and there is not intent to minimize these here. On the
other hand, it must be understood that in Court work with convicted felons
placed on probation, this counseling and framework of the probationerís
compliance with the requirements of law and his probationary rules.