The role of parole officers have been described in simple terms as "cop" versus "social worker." Why are these roles actually more complex than this?
None of these three roles is simple; as I volunteer as a crisis counselor in a jail and have taught in corrections, cop, social worker and parole officer are all complex jobs. In very simplified descriptions of these jobs, a cop serving in the community has to be concerned with the law , whether the behavior observed is worth a warning, arrest, or a visit to the detox center, and puts the public safety above their...
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