The Personnel Unit provides staffing for the department and ensures
that county personnel regulations are followed throughout the
agency. This unit posts available positions, recruits applicants,
processes employment applications, interviews applicants, supervises
screening and hiring and provides training. The unit monitors and
processes salary changes and interacts with various departmental
entities to maintain accurate salary and position control. The
annual performance appraisal is administered electronically
throughout the department resulting in a detailed method for
managers to measure employee work performance throughout the year.
Employment records are maintained by this unit for all department
staff which numbered 1440 at the close of 2009.
The Payroll Unit works to insure employees receive accurate
compensation in a timely manner. They also assist staff in accessing
employee benefits and services available to all Harris County
employees. This includes signing new employees, medical and
retirement benefits or changes, monitoring and processing of salary
changes and monitoring of all other employee benefits. The unit also
interacts with the county budget and payroll offices as well as
other county departments to maintain accurate payroll information.
Training, Accreditation and Quality Assurance (TAQA) Team
Training, Accreditation & Quality Assurance (TAQA) Team is dedicated
to promoting excellence in training and program accountability
within the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD).
The TAQA Team is
responsible for conducting the monthly Juvenile Probation Academy (JPA).
All new employees attend JPA classes applicable to their job duties.
JPA serves to orientate all new staff to the agency’s policies,
procedures and practices. Juvenile Probation Officers and Juvenile
Supervision Officers must be certified by the Texas Juvenile
Probation Commission (TJPC) prior to performing their job duties
with the department. JPA is designed to satisfy the training
standards required by TJPC in order to certify Juvenile Probation
Officers and Juvenile Supervision Officers. TJPC requires all
certified staff to have continuing education/training hours to
maintain their state certification. The TAQA Team provides year
round internal training workshops for all employees, as well as
coordinating with other agencies to organize workshops which offer
expert trainers in subjects related to juvenile justice. In 2009,
the TAQA Team conducted 180 trainings, attended by 1837
participants. The TAQA Team is accountable for maintaining the
training files of all certified Juvenile Probation Officers and
Accreditation and Quality Assurance
Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC) establishes and enforces
standards for juvenile probation programs and juvenile correctional
facilities in the State of Texas. The TAQA Team coordinates the
development and review of departmental policies and procedures in
order to meet TJPC standards. The TAQA Team routinely conducts
internal audits of departmental programs and facilities to monitor
compliance with TJPC standards. The TAQA Team offers technical
assistance and training as necessary to assist programs and
facilities in meeting applicable TJPC standards.