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Section 5: Lecture Content and Teaching Notes
Practical Supervision Strategies

4 hours, 30 minutes

(20 minutes)


We have discussed in some detail interactions with the offender in the context of interviews, many of which take place in the probation or parole office setting. In addition, seasoned officers suggest some tips for effective supervision in the office, the field, and the home.

Note: The text for this section is not very long, but the time allotted assumes that the trainer will draw examples from his/her own experience.

Use Slide # SymbolUse Slides #14-15: Effective Office Contacts
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Effective office contacts provide opportunities to build rapport with offenders, their families, and other members of their support systems in a controlled and safe environment. Because this is part of a collaborative effort with treatment providers, victim advocates and others, remember to consult with team members about the information learned. It's also important to check with the treatment provider before discussing treatment work to be sure that you understand the purposes of assignments. In this office setting an officer may4

  • Review homework and treatment goals;
  • Review current sexual fantasies and sexual practices;
  • Discuss work in the treatment group;
  • Discuss high-risk situations, SUDs (seemingly unimportant decisions), and coping techniques;
  • Evaluate any changes in denial;
  • Assess movement through the offense cycle;
  • Confront the offender's thinking errors and denial; and
  • Review the offender's financial concerns and payments toward victim restitution and treatment costs (and toward other fees such as child support).

Use Slide # SymbolUse Slide #16: Effective Field Contacts
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Effective field contacts provide opportunities for officers to obtain information regarding5

  • The offender's neighborhood: In what type of neighborhood does the offender reside? Is the home in a place that gives the offender victim access (near a park, playground, pool, etc.)?

  • The offender's financial status: Do the offender's home and surroundings correspond to his/her stated financial status?

  • The quality and nature of the interactions among the offender's family members: Are the observed interactions consistent with the information provided by the offender? Do family members know about the offense and probation? Do they believe the offender committed the crime? Are they informed about and supportive of treatment?

  • The offender's friends and associates: Who is at the offender's home? Is it appropriate for them to be there? Are they known to the officer?

Use Slide # SymbolUse Slide #17: Effective Home Contacts
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Effective home contacts provide the opportunity to observe high-risk situations that might otherwise be unknown. High-risk factors at a sex offender's home may include6

  • Toys, dolls, and games in the residence of an offender who lives alone;
  • Pornography, satellite or cable television, and access to the Internet;
  • Pets (depending on offense cycle/grooming techniques);
  • Fascination with camera equipment or photos of children throughout the residence; and
  • Accommodations or personal articles that may belong to inappropriate guests/visitors (e.g., children's clothes or clothes of the opposite sex, extra toiletries in bathroom, etc.).