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Communication Barriers: Probation Officers

Write a description of the following:

- The communication barriers these professionals may face when communicating with one another or with their clients.

- Some possible strategies to overcome these barriers.

- Some possible strategies to overcome these barriers.

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To make it concise, I chose only the 'main' communication barriers in said profession, affecting everything else. I also chose to show how the barrier can present itself in a discourse with an offender.


Probation Officers: Concise Look on Communication Barriers

Compared to Police Officers, Probation Officers rarely encounter 'formal communication barriers' in terms of hierarchy related problems due to their jobs. While mainly their job entails responsibilities regarding the enforcement of court orders & release licenses, they become that 'reflexive' arm of law enforcement that reaches both to the offender, to the public & to the system. They are the law enforcement arm responsible for offender risk assessment, that barrier between full freedom & a return to corrections in the case of a problematic offender even if he is granted temporary freedom in order to protect the greater society. At the same time, a probation officer provides the offender that awareness of the impact of his crime on his person, his family, community & greater society.

All these point to one of the natures of the job - being a probationary officer is to be in a position of power over the offenders/defendants/suspects who are their responsibility. Between the Probationary Officers & their 'wards' a communication barrier influenced by unequal power/inequity exists. While the Justice System does not ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a discussion on the varied communication problems faced by probation officers in performing their responsibilities on the job. It provides a discussion on possible solutions to overcome these barriers as well as a reference section students can use to expand the ideas presented. Written in APA format with 876 words.