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Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many years experience a probation officer is required to have before being assigned to a violent offender.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

All probation officers undergo a two year training course before qualifying which equips them to deal with a wide range of offenders including those who commit violent offences. The local probation area holds responsibility for the allocation of a probation officer or probation service officer to an individual offender. The most serious offenders should be allocated to the most experienced and competent probation officers available.

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