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Starting with a drug court, Nueces County now offers several specialized caseloads to help probationers.

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In Nueces County, almost half of the probation officers are assigned to specialized caseloads, including domestic violence, veterans, reentry, mental health, drug diversion, and drunken driving.

Overseeing the diverse and targeted approach for probationers is a Sam Houston State University graduate, Javed Syed. A native of Pakistan, Syed earned a B.S. in Law Enforcement and Police Science in 1978 and M.S. in Police Science and Administration in 1985 at the College of Criminal Justice, which he credits with providing the foundation for his career.

“I owe my probation officer career to Dr. George Beto,” said Syed. “The professors have been very, very supportive and helped me along the way in my career, both in school and if I had questions on the job.”

Syed is Director of the Nueces County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, which oversees 8,000 probationers in the area around Corpus Christi. The county has developed a number of specialized courts to deal with specific issues in the county, which include heavy judicial involvement, targeted resources, immediate sanctions and rewards, and small caseloads for probation officers.

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