Florida Probation Officer Budget Cuts

Florida budget cuts have come to hit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 66 probation officers were laid off recently in response to the shortage of funds for the program. “Cutting probation officers statewide ”minimizes the impact to public safety,” said spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger. 22 of the 66 officers cut were in South Florida. The ones let go were officers in the program for less than a year, totaling only a 3% reduction in probation officers statewide.

It is unclear how this will affect those on probation, yet it seems to be obvious that it would lead to more strain on the already limited resources of law enforcement and their subsidiaries. Those on probation with officers already will be put on a longer leash because probation officers will probably have to be in more places at once.

Violation of probation is something that happens to criminals on probation and should not be left alone or thought of as “just going away.” An experienced lawyer can help represent you at all your probation hearings.


Attorney Ralph Behr is ready to assist you and be there in your case. With over 30 years of experience in handling VOP (Violation of Probation) cases, Mr. Behr can succeed for you. Free appointments are available, just call today to set one up at his Law Office in Fort Lauderdale.