General duties for probation officers are set by Indiana State Law IC 11-13-1-3-3 as follows:

A probation officer shall:
  • Conduct pre-hearing and pre-sentence investigations and prepare reports as required by law.
  • Assist the courts in making pretrial release decisions.
  • Assist the courts, prosecuting attorneys, and other law enforcement officials in making decisions regarding the diversion of charged individuals to appropriate non-criminal alternatives.
  • Furnish each person placed on probation under his supervision a written statement of the conditions of his probation and instruct him regarding those conditions.
  • Supervise and assist persons on probation consistent with conditions of probation imposed by the court.
  • Bring to the court's attention any modification in the conditions of probation considered advisable.
  • Notify the court when a violation of a condition of probation occurs.
  • Cooperate with public and private agencies and other persons concerned with the treatment or welfare of persons on probation, and assist them in obtaining services from those agencies and persons.
  • Keep accurate records of cases investigated by him and of all cases assigned to him by the court and make these records available to the court upon request.
  • Collect and disburse money from persons under his supervision according to the order of the court, and keep accurate and complete accounts of those collections and disbursements.
  • Assist the court in transferring supervision of a person on probation to a court in another jurisdiction. and
  • Perform other duties required by law or as directed by the court.