Friday, April 9, 2010

CCSO, DJJ Partner To Monitor Juvenile Offenders

A partnership between the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is helping to monitor the progress of students who are on probation for nonviolent crimes.

CCSO deputies and probation officers with the Department of Juvenile Justice visit schools regularly to monitor juveniles on probation. On Tuesday, they visited five schools in Collier County to conduct drug screening and truancy checks on 61 juveniles on probation.

Closely monitoring probationers for compliance helps them to successfully complete their probation.

On Tuesday, 59 probationers were tested for drugs. Of the samples taken, 52 came back negative for drugs. The tests detect an array of drugs including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription medicine.

Three of the 59 students tested were truant when deputies and probation officers arrived at the school, but were picked up at home, brought to school and tested.

Two additional probationers were found to be truant.

Six of the students who tested positive for drugs were issued a notice to appear in court for violation of probation. The seventh, who deputies discovered had multiple violations, was arrested for violation of probation.

The schools visited Tuesday were Naples High School, Lely High School, Barron Collier High School, Beacon High School and the Phoenix Program in Naples.