The Values and Beliefs of the Stephenson County Probation Department

To reach our vision and accomplish our mission, the probation department is guided by the following values and beliefs:

  • As Officers of the Court, we are held to a higher ethical standard, and we take responsibility for treating employees, victims, offenders and all others with dignity and respect in all interactions.
  • We value our commitment to public safety and public service.
  • We believe in people’s ability to change behavior and provide a safe environment for teaching and learning to occur.
  • We believe that building on the strengths of offenders creates a basis for positive growth and change.
  • We value teamwork and cooperation through partnerships with all justice and community stakeholders.
  • We adopt a philosophy of data driven decision making to enhance program effectiveness and ensure cost efficiency.
  • We respond to the directives of the local judiciary and State of Illinois Courts.

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