In 2005, the department continued its progress toward the implementation of community-based supervision by moving from an office-based service to a field-based program. The department continues to make the majority of supervision contacts outside of the office, i.e., at home, school, and in the community. A focus in 2005 was on developing partnerships with other law enforcement agencies at the local, State, and Federal levels. One of the department's cooperative programs with law enforcement is called START (Surveillance, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Together), which involves probation officers and police officers working together in supervising probationers in the community. The department has continued its involvement with other agencies in the Weed & Seed Program, which is an effort to improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods. A new PINS (persons in need of supervision) law has enabled the department to increase its efforts to divert children from family court and continue to assist them in addressing their problems and those of their families. In addition to increasing cooperative activities with law enforcement agencies, the department has begun a partnership with the Syracuse City School District to provide GED classes onsite in department offices. Data and information are provided on the department's investigations, probation supervision, specialized programs (driving under the influence and the domestic violence unit), and alternatives-to-incarceration. Data also address probationer characteristics, amount of fees collected, caseload, probation violations, hours worked and number of home visits, and drug screens.