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probation officer

an officer who investigates and reports on the conduct of offenders who are free on probation.
Origin of probation officer
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And Miss Bates, the probation officer, she'll stand for it, too.

    May Iverson's Career Elizabeth Jordan
  • The probation officer said that was just the place for Tom for he had a “vicious proclivity.”

    Tom Slade Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • Now, the probation officer is trying to get the judge to suspend sentence.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
  • He regretted he had not given the probation officer a stronger letter.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
  • Only then can the status of the probation officer be raised to what it should be in the court itself.

    Broken Homes Joanna C. Colcord
  • A probation officer in Philadelphia tells of the mother of a young deserter who could not account for her son's delinquency.

    Broken Homes Joanna C. Colcord
British Dictionary definitions for probation officer

probation officer

an officer of a court who supervises offenders placed on probation and assists and befriends them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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