The Probation Service protects the public and create safer communities by helping offenders to desist from committing more crime. We have a strong record of reducing re-offending, managing offenders safely in the community, reintegrating prisoners after release and of providing an effective, efficient and value for money service. We have many success stories of offenders whom we have helped reintegrate into society, as well as statistics that show what we do works.
On behalf of the Department of Justice & Equality and in conjunction with the Courts Service, the Irish Prison Service, An Garda Síochána and the wider community,
We provide high quality assessment of offenders and a professional and effective management of services and supports to bring about positive change in the behaviour of offenders.
Delivering our Services
Our role is to ensure that court orders are implemented, to reduce risk of harm and of reoffending by supporting offender rehabilitation, and to make good the harm caused by crime. We do this through evidence-led services and programmes, delivered by our dedicated, well trained and skilled staff, and through close co-operation with our partner organisations.
In delivering on our mission, we are guided by the following core values:
Crime results in hurt and damage to victims and communities and must be met by an effective sanction,
Where appropriate, community sanctions are more fitting and effective than custody,
By engaging effectively with communities, particularly through a restorative justice model to address crime, we can enhance public safety and reduce offending patterns,
Each person has innate value, dignity and capacity for positive change; and will be treated fairly, openly and with respect,
As with all members of society, offenders must accept personal responsibility for their behaviour,
We recognise the importance of accountability, efficiency, effectiveness and value for money in the provision of a quality public service.