Welcome to the Kern County Probation website! Here you will find information to better connect you to the resources of our department. You will also get a glimpse into the wide-ranging vital public safety services the women and men who make up the department strive to provide every day. It is the dedicated work of our staff that defines our “Commitment to a Safe Community” as we seek to reduce the incidence and impact of criminal behavior in Kern County.
Probation staff have one of the most important missions in society as we seek to provide “Accountability and Opportunity” to those who have had a negative impact on the community through their actions. We must hold people accountable when necessary to redirect negative behaviors. We must also provide opportunities for people to change their thinking and behavior patterns for them to become productive, law-abiding citizens. The application of these two principles is what drives and motivates the work we do.
We seek to accomplish our mission by taking a collaborative, best practice driven, evidence-based treatment and trauma informed approach across the spectrum of our duties, from youth services through adult services. Our staff are trained in these principles and practices, and regularly work with a multitude of other government agencies, community-based organizations and dedicated volunteers to affect positive changes in those we are called to work with.
Thank you for visiting our website. In doing so, it is my hope you will not only find information, but also gain a better understanding of the importance of probation services in the criminal justice system and the positive impact these services have on our community. I am truly inspired by the work of the dedicated staff who make up the Kern County Probation Department. I hope you are too.
Chief Bill Dickinson
The mission of probation services is to reduce the incidence and impact of criminal behavior of juveniles and adults. Accountability and opportunity are the dual pillars upon which the Probation Department operates in order to accomplish this mission. We must hold people accountable for their actions, yet we must also provide opportunities for individuals to turn their lives around and succeed. The Probation Department is committed to utilizing scientifically validated evidence-based practices and programs that have shown efficacy in reducing recidivism.