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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?

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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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