Board of Supervisors' 50+ Years Strong - Riverside County Employee Campaign
The Riverside County Employee Campaign represents the unification of our County's combined efforts to help our neighbors and affords the employees of the County of Riverside the opportunity to contribute to hundreds of charitable organizations throughout the County, state, nation and abroad, for example, the USO. Many of the organizations work hand-in-hand with the Probation Department to address the needs of our community.
The County's Campaign Coordinator begins collaborating with all county departments in the summer each year. The Probation Department appoints a Department Campaign Coordinator. The Probation Division Directors appoint a Team Captain for their division. The Department Campaign Coordinator organizes and coordinates the Team Captains and oversees the department wide campaign from September through November. Donations are raised using many original and creative team building ideas. In the spring of the following year, an accounting of moneys pledged to Probation Department Auxiliaries is provided to the Probation Department and in turn shared with the Team Captains. The moneys pledged to the auxiliaries are used to provide materials to enhance programs.
On March 12, 2012, the Department received the Highest Participation Award (29%) and Highest Per Capita Giving Award ($138.63) for a large department.
National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week is held in July each year - a time for Riverside County to recognize the Deputy Probation Officers and Group Counselors. An opportunity to acknowledge Deputy Probation Officers who work each and every day on the front lines with adult probationers to hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed against our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our communities. In the case of minors, Deputy Probation Officers work in collaboration with schools, mental health and other community organizations to prevent high risk youth from entering or re-entering the juvenile correctional system. Group Counselors and Deputy Probation Officers provide structure and correctional services and treatment/vocational programs to reduce repeat offenses and recidivism in juvenile halls and treatment facilities. The Group Counselors and Deputy Probation Officers are exposed to many of the negative aspects of life, they deal with the trauma offenders cause victims, as well as deal with stress, and while assigned to special collaborative task forces they often work in unsafe community conditions. Yet each day they continue to work to make our communities a safer place.
These peace officers provide protection to our communities. They are often the silent partners, yet they spend more time with offenders in the process of rehabilitation than other agencies. Their services are vital….they are truly our “home land security”…if we don’t feel safe in our homes, world safety will mean little to us.