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probation officer

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noun

an officer who investigates and reports on the conduct of offenders who are free on probation.

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Origin of probation officer

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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probation officer

noun

an officer of a court who supervises offenders placed on probation and assists and befriends them
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