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  • Originally posted by GBP_12 View Post
    Thanks, brown & jdg, I appreciate it.

    I just got word that I will be doing a facetime/skipe interview on 1 May. I guess I passed the written. So far I am blown away with the process for the position, unlike anything I've ever encountered. This whole teleinterview thing is a little different too. I wish more agencies were this accommodating, I'm liking them more and more.

    Any tips for the interview?
    WOW. Our district would NEVER do skype/facetime interviews. NEVER. EVER. That's incredible.

    Originally posted by Nola504 View Post
    Work from home as much as I want. I work in presentence 7am-4:30 and every payday Friday off
    That is incredible as well....I WISH. What district?

    Originally posted by 20NOutLife View Post
    hi everybody, ive been researching and I cant seem to find the actual payscale for USPO. I know its starts at gl 25- gl27 and gl28 is considered a specialist. But on the uscourt.gov, it only gives the pay structure for gl 25-gl 26 under LEO pay. How is the progression work, starts off at gl 25, then after one year to gl 26 and then another yr to gl 27 and then competitive promotion to SPECIALIST/ GL28? It just a little confusing. Thanks for any help.
    The pay scale is INCREDIBLY confusing. I've been employed almost 5 years and have yet to understand it, or find someone (even in HR) who really can.
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    • Originally posted by holycrikey View Post
      It should be completely at the discretion of each district. I can tell you in my neck of the woods, overtime is impossible. You'll receive comp time that can be accrued up to 40 hours per year (my local policy). I have yet to encounter a district that looks in any way favorably towards overtime. Maybe some other districts can chime in.
      Based on my interaction with other USPOs in the country, overtime is very rare.
      No comp time in my district either, by the way.

      Originally posted by dsb05c View Post
      I have used comp time only once in my 6.5 years and it was one day for travel last fall when I traveled to and from FLETC. I may flex a few hours here or there but usually will only flex an hour for any 3 I work over. Usually end the week with 45-50 hours not including hours I work at home. But I have the flexibility to make my own schedule. People choose probation for the scheduling flexibility. Not because of the pay.
      In my district, it is very much the opposite. I (along with just about every officer in my district) left a lower paying state position for the higher pay. I know that I personally had a LOT more freedom, flexibility, and so on in my previous job than I do now. But again, all of these factors/benefits vary from district to district.
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      • I meant coming from other federal agencies. Yeah I left my state because it was a joke what they pay their officers. We really have dropped off on hiring state PO's are getting more people from other federal agencies. There are a couple states that pay more (heard some NE states but I live in the south). My state hasn't raised their probation employee pay (I'm including cost of living much and not just a step increase) in over a decade. I don't know how they stay afloat.

        What is attractive to me is the LEAP pay 1811's get that probation officers don't get. Even though I was out in the field until 10 pm last night and back at it at 8:30 this morning.

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        • Originally posted by dsb05c View Post
          I meant coming from other federal agencies. Yeah I left my state because it was a joke what they pay their officers. We really have dropped off on hiring state PO's are getting more people from other federal agencies. There are a couple states that pay more (heard some NE states but I live in the south). My state hasn't raised their probation employee pay (I'm including cost of living much and not just a step increase) in over a decade. I don't know how they stay afloat.

          What is attractive to me is the LEAP pay 1811's get that probation officers don't get. Even though I was out in the field until 10 pm last night and back at it at 8:30 this morning.

          10-4, I gotcha. I don't personally know any federal agent that would trade their position for mine, even if the pay was the same. I have been personally told by FBI, US Marshals, ATF, DEA, and others that USPO is the worst position in federal law enforcement. Keep in mind that these fellas are referring to my district when they say that (and all the strict rules that we must abide by).

          I dont understand no LEAP pay for USPOs either. All of our supervision officers get calls, LM alerts, and so on in the middle of the night that REQUIRE a response. That alone should qualify them for LEAP. Not to mention late night field hours.
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          • Some district do have crazy rules. I have tried to explain to my wife that US Probation is odd in that each district is very different from others. Transferring from one to the other isn't the same as an FBI moving field offices. Have heard some districts that don't allow field visits after 5 pm. Mine wants to know why you are not working in the evenings. Yeah, last weekend I had an EM alert at 3 am. That case will be the death of me. We had two Sr. USPO's (now retired) who came from NCIS (or NIS as it was called then) because they were tired of moving. Went through FLETC with someone who came from NCIS. Same story, spouse didn't want to go OCONUS. Occasionally we will get someone who used to work for US Attys Office.

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            • I guess I have to decline the job offer. just wondering if there's a way to deferred it for 6 months to maybe a year so I can gathered more information on the specific on the job, like pay increment, health benefits, work schedule, etc. don't wanna look back and regret this in 5 years though because I let it slip away.

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                Last edited by HMCN; 07-05-2015, 01:00 AM. Reason: Double post

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                • Originally posted by 20NOutLife View Post
                  I guess I have to decline the job offer. just wondering if there's a way to deferred it for 6 months to maybe a year so I can gathered more information on the specific on the job, like pay increment, health benefits, work schedule, etc. don't wanna look back and regret this in 5 years though because I let it slip away.
                  Hope you did not decline the job offer; it is difficult to get a covered law enforcement position with the federal government. If hired, you would stop the retirement clock (age limit 37) and can transfer to another agency without worrying about aging out. Nevertheless; to each their own, good luck.

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                  • Originally posted by HMCN View Post
                    Hope you did not decline the job offer; it is difficult to get a covered law enforcement position with the federal government. If hired, you would stop the retirement clock (age limit 37) and can transfer to another agency without worrying about aging out. Nevertheless; to each their own, good luck.
                    yeah,I explain myself to the deputy chief probation officer. I had to decline the offer because of salary and being an expected service without the full civil service protection. even though the scheduling and work load was ideal for me. she understood and told me to reapply if I change my mind. nice people, nice agency.

                    maybe I've been having good luck because I found plenty of federal 6c jobs available. like people always said, apply for everything and make your decision in the end. always easier to get a job if you have a job for some reason.

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                    • I see what you are saying about civil service protection. Good Luck with the other LE job search.

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                      • Hello everyone, I'm currently in the hiring process for US Probation in the southern district of California! I've learned so much from just reading all of the post. Does anyone have any insight on what it would be like to work in San Diego? Any advice would be helpful!
                        Last edited by Honeybadger24; 07-06-2015, 10:58 PM.

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                        • Originally posted by Honeybadger24 View Post
                          Hello everyone, I'm currently in the hiring process for US Probation in the southern district of California! I've learned so much from just reading all of the post. Does anyone have any insight on what it would be like to work in San Diego? Any advice would be helpful!
                          I can't provide any in-depth information, but I did attend FLETC with a couple officers out of the San Diego office. Some pros/cons as with any district across the US. From what I heard, they liked their direct supervisors though and morale is pretty good. Caseloads can be crazy due to the proximity to the border and obviously Spanish is a good skillset to have. My impression was that it was a good place to work.

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                          • Thank you Holycrikey for your insight! Good to know I could be working with a cool group of people.

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                            • Do anyone have info on Maryland District; Morale, Carry on/off duty? I know some district don't allow carry at all (which is kind of crazy imo). Thanks in advance.

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                              • Originally posted by HMCN View Post
                                Do anyone have info on Maryland District; Morale, Carry on/off duty? I know some district don't allow carry at all (which is kind of crazy imo). Thanks in advance.
                                I believe there are only 2 districts left that do not carry on duty. I went to FLETC with a USPO out of Baltimore, I believe they do carry (unless the officer simply chooses not to carry).
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