The Auxiliary Probation Service (APS) organization was created by Judge Kenneth A. Turner in 1965, utilizing trained community volunteers to provide hands-on supervision of juveniles on probation in Memphis and Shelby County. These auxiliary probation officers (APOs) work toward improving patterns of behavior and help probationers function as law-abiding citizens.
Responsibilities & Services
Approximately 1,000 children are placed on probation each year by the court, with an average of 400 children on probation each month. The APS provides 100% of field supervision for the court. This is done by assigning APOs to complete the court's charge to correct, re-educate, and re-direct an unruly or delinquent child through regularly scheduled hands-on supervision.
Our APOs range in age from 21 to 75 years old and come from all walks of life reflecting the professional, educational, and ethnic diversity of Memphis and Shelby County. Through personal interaction, APOs supervise and guide unruly and delinquent children placed on probation.
The APO makes visits to the child's home at least once a week and maintains phone contact at least three times per week. The APO also visits the child's school, and works directly with the family to become a mentor to the probationers' siblings who reside in the home.
An APO must be at least 21 years of age, have good moral character and common sense, and most of all love and understand children. Prior to being accepted into the program, each applicant must pass an extensive criminal and sex offender background check. Classroom training is provided and must be successfully completed before the applicant is sworn in.