Officers work out of their vehicles because of the large coverage areas and the requirements of the program. They work long hours and holidays with the goal of making sure those under their watch are abiding by the rules set forth by the judge in their case.
"There's a lot of driving and they stay very busy," Bills said. "They're out there banging on doors at all hours of the day. Christmas Day, they're out there.
"You almost become a part of their family you see them so much. It's your job to stay all up in their business."
Each officer has 10 to 15 cases, much lower than general probation officers who can be responsible for as many as 85 cases. They visit their assigned offenders as much as four to five times a week at all hours of the day, Bills said.
The officers check in on the offenders at home and at work. They check the offenders' computers and phones to ensure they've been on the straight and narrow. If that person has a Facebook or other social media account, their supervision officer has the passwords, Bills said.
Offenders under intense supervision also are required to submit to a polygraph test two to three times per year.
The officers also work closely with State Police, who maintain the state sex offender registry, to ensure the offenders are up to date on their registration and that they don't commit any other crimes while under supervision, Bills said.
The surprise and frequent visits already have helped officers nab some of the offenders seemingly up to their old tricks. Bills said officers caught some who appeared to be "grooming" new victims, violating the terms of their probation.
"We like to keep them guessing and keep them on their toes," Bills said. "Our goal is to make them productive in society and protect society. They know what the rules are and need to abide by those rules."
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