The Probation Department is committed to Changing Lives, Reducing Crime, and Restoring Community.
We do this by:
- Using practices shown to be most effective in helping clients learn skills to overcome obstacles, promote positive behavior, change their thinking, and improve their quality of life.
- Keeping people out of the justice system who are not dangerous to society, while identifying those who pose a risk to community safety and ensuring they receive needed intervention services and treatment.
- Collaborating with other organizations to connect clients with services and resources to help them achieve their goals while increasing their capacity to live crime-free. Services offered typically include family and individual therapy, parent education, mentoring, problem-solving skills training, substance abuse treatment, mental health resources, educational/vocational training, employment assistance and transitional housing.
- Partnering with law enforcement agencies to keep the community safe. We hold individuals accountable for their actions, enforce court orders, monitor conduct in the community, and provide safe and secure detention of delinquent youth.
- Serving as a neutral arm of the court, providing detailed information and reports to help judges make decisions in criminal cases.
- Supporting victims – helping them gain financial compensation through victim restitution, access other resources in the community, and ensure their voices are heard in court.
Chief Probation Officer David Koch
David Koch’s career in probation spans more than four decades, commencing in 1978 when he was hired as a Probation/Parole Officer in Clackamas County, Oregon. After three decades in Oregon, the last 10 in an executive level position as Deputy Director for the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, he “retired”. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Sonoma County Probation Department and in 2016 was appointed Chief Probation Officer. Chief Koch is honored to lead an agency of dedicated professionals committed to changing lives, reducing crime and restoring community.
Probation joined other Law Enforcement agencies throughout the State by participating in the annual Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics. The Probation Department thanks the Sheriff's Office for helping to coordinate the event. For more information on the Norther California Special Olympics go to https://www.sonc.org/