2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Placer County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

In an innovative move to remove barriers for justice-involved people in Placer County, particularly the unhoused and those with transportation barriers, Placer County Probation Department unveiled their Probation Outreach Vehicle (POV) in late 2021. The POV facilitates connecting justice-involved people to the accountability and opportunity needed to transform their lives and build positive ties to their communities. The POV provides a mechanism for our team consisting of a Probation Officer and a Health and Human Services Practitioner to meet with clients who do not have the means or ability to go to County facilities for appearances. The interior of the POV includes office space for two and a video conferencing area to facilitate remote Court appearances. The POV is equipped with a dedicated dual provider cellular hotspot to ensure internet access throughout the County. The space also allows for use as a mobile center to meet with, inform and engage the public. This eye-catching vehicle serves our community well when attending job fairs or sharing our department’s mission with the public at National Night Out and other community events. Televisions are repurposed to air recruitment videos or videos introducing the public to the services provided by their probation department.