Seminole County Adult Misdemeanor Probation works with the courts, offenders and local non-profit and municipal government sites to provide the opportunity for individuals to fulfill court ordered obligations. Community Service hours are ordered either as a special condition of Probation or Pretrial Diversion. Traffic Court or Criminal Court community service hours are imposed to give something back to the community after an illegal action has occurred or in lieu of a court ordered fine.
Community service must be performed for a tax-supported or tax-exempt entity. From January through November of 2010 Seminole County Probation handled slightly over 2500 community service assignments. As of the end of November 2010, community service workers had completed over 75,338 hours at sites in Seminole county as well as other counties in the central Florida area, for an estimated total of slightly over $1,371,000.00 dollars saved in labor hours.
We currently assign to 27 non profit and municipal government sites, including Goodwill Industries which, alone, has 22 stores in the Central Florida area. We also have agreements and assign community service to four Seminole County government entities including Animal Control, Leisure Services, Environmental Services and Roads.
Where possible the Division attempts to make community service assignments based on need and location, always within the orders of the court. We also attempt, where possible, to match the offender’s particular skills to those most needed by the agency. Individuals performing community service hours provide much needed assistance to the agencies to which they are assigned. Some of the typical tasks are trash and debris removal, painting, landscape maintenance, cleaning and pressure washing, litter patrol along local roads, unpacking boxes of donated goods and stocking shelves, clerical tasks, assistance with special projects, and helping to load or unload trucks delivering goods to a site.