The Casper Police Department Officer assigned to the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office Youth Diversion Program is Sarah Stockero. The Youth Diversion Program is a pre-court probation program that allows juveniles to participate, voluntarily, in exchange for an appearance in court and a conviction on their record. The program is designed to provide juveniles with a chance to learn from their criminal violations and avoid becoming repeat offenders.
The Youth Diversion Program requires that the juvenile be a first time offender and in school prior to being considered for participation. Once accepted into the program, the juvenile is assigned a number of community service hours to be completed. Additionally participants are required to complete an educational program that pertains to their charged offense and includes random drug/alcohol testing, an essay about themselves, an apology letter to person affected by their actions, and a minimum of two monthly check-ins with their Diversion Officer.
Officer Stockero is part of the Central Intake Team, which consists of members from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department, the Natrona County District Attorney’s office, The Department of family Services, the Natrona County School District, the Department of Corrections, Big Brothers Big Sister, and the Youth Community Service Coordinator. The Central Intake Team meets weekly to discuss juvenile charges and assist in matching the appropriate court program with each juvenile offender.
Officer Stockero also participates in the Circuit Court Juvenile Probation Program, where juveniles considered a high risk or who have offended multiple times, are court ordered to an intense supervised probation program that includes daily monitoring, counseling, frequent drug/alcohol screenings, and mandatory schooling. This group meets weekly to discuss each participant’s progress, rewarding positive behavior and recommending sanctions prior to weekly court hearings.