Adult Probation Officer Frequently Asked Questions


  • While on probation, most new officers will be assigned to a standard caseload that may require occasional night and weekend fieldwork. For the most part, while continuing their training on the job, new officers work Monday through Friday.
  • Those officers that are assigned to Intensive Probation Services (IPS), Domestic Violence and Sex Offender caseloads require a lot of night/weekend work.
  • Initial Appearance (IA) work is shift work. Initial Appearance operates 24/7 and 365 days a year. Officers who work in IA court would work a 4 day per week, 10 hour schedule with 3 days off. Shifts are either 5:00 pm to 3:30 am or 6:30 pm to 5:00 am. IA shifts qualify for shift differential pay.

Not usually. Overtime pay needs to be substantiated and approved by the Supervisor. However, an officer's assigned caseload needs to be addressed, so there may be arrests or other incidents that occur that necessitate the need for overtime.

Not usually, unless assigned to Initial Appearance (IA) court. However, there may be situations where it is decided that officers need to work on a holiday in order to check in on their caseloads. The days and hours that a Probation Officer works will be dictated by the needs of the department.

Probation Officers will meet with the incoming arrestees and perform a short interview with them in order to obtain their criminal histories to report findings back to the Initial Appearance Judge in order to determine whether or not the arrested person should be released on the own recognizance.

Although there are County vehicles, there are not enough to assign a vehicle to each Officer and some locations will not be accessible by public transportation. We do anticipate that Adult Probation Officers will utilize their personal vehicle at times in order to meet the needs of their assigned caseload. In the event that you utilize your personal vehicle for work, we will reimburse you at the current federal mileage rate when an authorized mileage report is completed properly and submitted to payroll. The current federal mileage rate is $.56 per mile.

Most Probation Officers wear business casual in the office, but business professional attire is required when appearing in Court. When you are out in the field, you may be required to wear a bullet resistant vest along with other safety tools and although your attire must still look professional, you may wear casual clothing such as jeans and tennis shoes.

  • Our academy is administered in house by our APO trainers. Most of the training will occur Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at the Downtown Justice Center – 620 West Jackson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003. The academy usually lasts 8-10 weeks.
  • As mandated by the Administrative Office of the Courts, new officers are also required to pass the Probation Officer Certification and Defensive Tactics training academies within one year from their hire date. Both academies are typically held in a central Phoenix location.

As stated on the job posting, assignments will be based on the needs of the department. As our needs are constantly changing, you will not receive an assignment until the end of the academy. Most Probation Officers will start in the Central Field; the Northern boundary is Cactus Road, the Southern boundary is Pecos Road, the West boundary is 43rd Avenue and the East boundary is 64th Street.

The Maricopa County Adult Probation Department employs over 700 Adult Probation Officers. The number of vacancies we have at any given time is constantly in flux due to several factors: promotions, retirements, demotions, relocations, resignations etc. Because the hiring process is so lengthy we will generally post this position at least 6 times a year in order to have candidates consistently available to fill our open vacancies. 

Yes. We are not directly associated with any other agencies and there is not an option to "transfer" from another location or to forego a portion of our hiring process.

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