General Supervision

General Field Supervision Units cover all three regions of the county. Northern Field Supervision encompasses the service area from San Bruno in the south to the San Francisco County line, with active supervision of some San Francisco residents. They also work with youth who live on the coast in Pacifica. Central Field Supervision encompasses Millbrae south to San Carlos, including Foster City and the Coast south of Pacifica. Southern Field Supervision encompasses the remainder of the County from Redwood City south to the Santa Clara County border. There are 9 probation officers assigned. Their caseload sizes range from 50 to 80 youth per probation officer.

General Supervision Officers maintain monthly contact with youth on their caseloads, rotating contacts between the home, school, and the office. Offenses committed by the youth are mostly simple misdemeanors. Probation Officers, in addition to their contacts with the youth and visitation with their families, make contact with collateral agencies and service providers to ensure youth are in compliance with the Court’s orders and to assess the viability of programs being utilized.

General Field Supervision is reserved for those youth who require a moderate level of supervision to assist them with meeting their conditions of probation and avoiding further interaction with the Juvenile Justice System. This is done by accessing the appropriate resources and providing the appropriate amount of structure to help them be successful. If it is determined that General Field Supervision is not sufficient to meet the needs of the youth, a recommendation will be made for an escalation of supervision and services.

Intensive Supervision

The objective of the Intensive Supervision Unit is to protect the community, reduce recidivism and divert wards from further involvement in unlawful conduct. These objectives will be pursued by closely monitoring wards and establishing relationships with the families involved and other supporting agencies, including, but not limited to, police departments, Mental Health agencies, Social Services and community treatment programs and schools.

The Intensive Supervision Unit is charged with the duty of monitoring Juvenile Court wards designated by the Juvenile Court and Probation Services Managers as high-risk offenders. The offenders are deemed to be in need of more intensive supervision and intervention than they would receive in a general Field Supervision caseload. Wards could be deemed in need of intensive services if they are involved in one or more of the following: gang-related assault or battery, being a certified gang member or associate, as identified by a local police agency, unlawful sexual behavior, violent behavior, including weapons-related offenses, and escalating patterns of delinquent behavior within a short period of time.

Deputy Probation Officers assigned to the Intensive Supervision unit maintain frequent field contacts with the wards under their supervision. These contacts may occur in the minor's home, school or community. Wards are regularly searched to ensure they are not in possession of contraband and randomly provide urine samples to ensure they are alcohol and drug free. Officers work collaboratively with other local law enforcement agencies, treatment programs and schools. Deputy Probation Officers also participate in the San Mateo County Gang Task Force, Narcotic Task Force and the Neighborhood Response Teams.

The ultimate goal of the Intensive Supervision Unit is to assist the wards under their care become productive, law-abiding members of the community.

If you have questions about a court case, contact the San Mateo County Courts.
If you want to know which Probation Officer is assigned to your case, call (650) 312-8816.


What can I expect from General Supervision?

Most children placed on probation are assigned to a general field supervision caseload. This means the family and child do not require intensive services but do need monitoring to ensure compliance and success. The child and family will be seen by the Deputy Probation Officer periodically each month to ensure the child is meeting family, Court, school and community expectations, and to offer support and referrals.