Anyone know anything about these units? Besides their recent negative media attention.

Since Probation Officers are considered peace officers, are they covered under the federal HR 218 law? It seems like they fall under the same stuff as the sheriff regarding off duty carry and benefits.

Many officers in the weapon carrying units of cook county probation have many other certifications and training related to law enforcement offered by the CPD academy and other training that most police officers would get, but one thing I can't seem to find out? Are they certified as a Illinois State Law Enforcement Officer? Probation Officers have statutory authority of arrest for any probationer violating any laws but it's limited like Deputy Sheriff's and Correctional Officers.

Can anyone give me any info on the probation units? Thanks.