The mission of Juvenile Probation in the context of Pennsylvania's Balanced & Restorative Justice (BARJ) Model is to serve the needs of the victim, offender, and the community in a balanced manner in each individual case. The goals are accountability to the victim and community, protection of the community, and the development of competencies in individual offenders. Victims of crime, the community and the juvenile offenders as well, should receive balanced attention from the juvenile justice system and each should benefit from their interactions with the justice system.
The services of the Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Department are organized by geographic districts, specialized probation units, and aftercare units that assign probation officers to individual residential programs for institutional and aftercare services.
Specialized Probation Units and Programs:
GPS Tracking Unit (215-686-4271) monitors juveniles at home as an alternative to detention.
Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) (215-686-7494) or (215-685-7332) is a multi-agency, anti-violence initiative that serves the most violent areas of Philadelphia. It provides intensive services and supervision for high risk youth and young adults.
Juvenile Enforcement Team (JET) (215)686-7494
The Juvenile Enforcement Team (JET) which is comprised of specially trained Juvenile Probation Officers and Police Officers. The JET unit
operates citywide with a law enforcement focus on high risk juvenile offenders and
juvenile/gang violence within the City of Philadelphia. The JET unit focuses on the Community
Protection aspect of the BARJ principles, but also serves as the "investigative arm" of the
Juvenile Probation Department. The JET unit reviews daily the police databases, networking
with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the JET unit serves
bench warrants that have been determined to be "High Priority" by defined criteria outlined in
the Juvenile Probation Bench Warrant Protocol.
Juveniles committed to and recently discharged from a residential program are usually supervised by probation officers who are assigned to the facility and work in one of the following units:
Special Offenders Unit (215 686-8323) services juveniles in sex offender & psychiatric programs.
Residential Services Unit services juveniles in all other residential placements
INB - 215-686-7397
INC - 215-686-7777
INS - 215 686-4150