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Old 05-15-2017, 01:23 PM
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Default Anyone heard of the Probation Officer Protection Act?

I got en email newsletter from our congressman & in it he mentioned some bills that were being considered in Washington. Has anyone heard about this bill- H.R. 1039, the “Probation Officer Protection Act.” ? I wasn't aware there was a problem with probation officers doing their jobs.

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The House will also debate H.R. 1039, the “Probation Officer Protection Act.” This bill would allow federal probation officers to arrest a third party that is obstructing or impeding the ability of the probation officer to complete his or her official duties. While this might seem like a small issue, it is critical that our federal probation officers are able to effectively supervise those on probation.
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There is a trend of people interfering in arrests. This simply gives the federal probation officer who DOES try to effect an arrest an extra tool when the spouse/BF/GF/bystander decides to interfere with the attempt to effect said arrest...
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There is a trend of people interfering in arrests. This simply gives the federal probation officer who DOES try to effect an arrest an extra tool when the spouse/BF/GF/bystander decides to interfere with the attempt to effect said arrest...
I had no idea that it was such a big problem requiring a new law to give them the power to arrest someone who interferes. I thought they already had that authority if someone interfered. Maybe I misunderstood the law's meaning. I took it to mean that they would have the power to arrest someone who got in the way of whatever the probation officer was doing, not just when they were trying to make an arrest of a probationer. It would never occur to me to be less than respectful to my son's PO. She is just doing her job & she didn't make the restrictions he has to follow, the court did.
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I had no idea that it was such a big problem requiring a new law to give them the power to arrest someone who interferes. I thought they already had that authority if someone interfered. Maybe I misunderstood the law's meaning. I took it to mean that they would have the power to arrest someone who got in the way of whatever the probation officer was doing, not just when they were trying to make an arrest of a probationer. It would never occur to me to be less than respectful to my son's PO. She is just doing her job & she didn't make the restrictions he has to follow, the court did.
The job of a PO with arrest authority (not all agencies give their officers direct arrest authority) would be far simpler if everyone viewed their job the way that you do. Unfortunately, too many don't and the current generation is more concerned with recording and screaming bias and generally making an ass of themselves as the arrest goes down...

The statute in question would apply ONLY to federal probation officers as it is a federal law. It would be up to States to pass similar legislation before it applied to a PO at the State level...
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