Duties and Responsibilities
- Protection of the Public is #1.
- Deter crime by facilitating change in behavior by utilizing various community resources.
- Provide assistance to victims of crime.
- Provide a cost effective alternative to incarceration.
- Provide investigative reports to Courts / Parole Boards / Institutions
What do Parole Officers do? Supervise felony Offenders paroled from West Virginia Prisons. Supervise Felony and Misdemeanor Offenders from other states that moved to West Virginia through the Interstate Compact. Assist other agencies: i.e. Law Enforcement, Protective Services, Supreme Court Probation, etc.
- Investigates cases referred to him/her
- Furnish conditions
- Keep informed of offender's conduct
- Encourage offender's positive behavior
- Keep detailed accurate records
- Oversees financial payments to whomever
- Arrest parolees with or without a warrant
- Notary Public
Misconceptions About Parole Officers
- Are all armed.
- Have state vehicles.
- Find Offenders employment.
- Can force payment of restitution.
- Only supervise offenders.
- Refer for Revocation after the first violation.
- Any criminal charge will be a violation of parole.
- Work for Circuit Court Judges.
What Parole Officers Can Do For You
- Arrest Parolees with or without a warrant with a provable violation
- Parolees do not see a Magistrate
- Parolees go directly to jail
- Parolees do not have a bond set (immediately)
- Only the Sentencing Court can set bond
Provide Investigators Information
- Current information is kept on all offenders
- Digital photos of offenders and their tattoos are available
- Detailed records on Offenders are kept for a minimum of 5 years
- Any file material is available to Law Enforcement when investigating an offender.
- Monthly lists of Offenders by county are provided to each department/detachment. Officers can get one sent to them personally via e-mail upon request.
Can Parolees Work as Informants?
Generally…No. Parolees can make voluntary statements or otherwise give information to police on ongoing drug or other investigations. They are generally encouraged not to “work” for the police due to the compromising situations that they can get in. I.e. Drug Use, New crimes, etc.