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  • Originally posted by nevergiveup725 View Post
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    anyone know anything about the assistant probation spot? good gig? Whats the process for getting hired?

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      • Originally posted by LadyKiller View Post
        anyone know anything about the assistant probation spot? good gig? Whats the process for getting hired?
        It's definitely a good way to get your foot in the door with US Probation. I know a woman who started as an assistant, later became a USPO, then a specialist, and is now a SUSPO. Now, it just so happened that in the district where she works, they are willing to hire assistant POs as USPOs. Not sure how other districts consider such an applicant.

        The USPO job is a good one, so whatever you can do to make yourself more marketable to get the job, do it. I deal with them very often and besides the normal complaints that go along with any job, they all tell me time and again how much they like their job. There is a lot of work that goes with it but the job satisfaction is evident.

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        • Originally posted by LadyKiller View Post
          anyone know anything about the assistant probation spot? good gig? Whats the process for getting hired?
          The assistant PO spots vary from district to district just like everything else. Some are allowed a bit more duties than in other districts. I'll speak for my district in that our assistants are purely clerical, although they now do maintain a low intensity caseload. Don't get me wrong, our assistants absolutely make the world go round by doing all the necessary footwork of prepping case files, tracking down documents needed, assisting in travel prep and training, etc. Lots of work, but there is no field work other than running down needed files at state/county court houses and such. Technically, they can go in the field with us, given that our use of force policy covers probation assistants. Not sure if many districts actually have assistants in the field unless they're prepping them to move onto a regular USPO position. Good gig though, excellent way to get in the door and prep for a USPO position. Decent pay, all things considered.

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          • Originally posted by holycrikey View Post
            The assistant PO spots vary from district to district just like everything else. Some are allowed a bit more duties than in other districts. I'll speak for my district in that our assistants are purely clerical, although they now do maintain a low intensity caseload. Don't get me wrong, our assistants absolutely make the world go round by doing all the necessary footwork of prepping case files, tracking down documents needed, assisting in travel prep and training, etc. Lots of work, but there is no field work other than running down needed files at state/county court houses and such. Technically, they can go in the field with us, given that our use of force policy covers probation assistants. Not sure if many districts actually have assistants in the field unless they're prepping them to move onto a regular USPO position. Good gig though, excellent way to get in the door and prep for a USPO position. Decent pay, all things considered.
            Anyone know what scope of background investigation is done for probation officers? Is it secret, top secret? 7 years, 10 years? full-filed type investigation?

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            • I don't think it is secret, and I know for sure it is not top secret. They redo the backgrounds every 5 years, but you are subject to random drug screening at any time.

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              • Originally posted by CJ511 View Post
                I don't think it is secret, and I know for sure it is not top secret. They redo the backgrounds every 5 years, but you are subject to random drug screening at any time.
                If its reinvestigated every 5 years wouldn't that be top secret? What is there besides secret and top secret that would apply to an LEO spot?

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                • It's just a suitability investigation. We don't have TS/SCI clearances. We only have access to confidential info but nothing secret or top secret.

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                  • Originally posted by dsb05c View Post
                    It's just a suitability investigation. We don't have TS/SCI clearances. We only have access to confidential info but nothing secret or top secret.
                    Ok, so what does that entail as far as OPM? Do they just pull credit and criminal records, or do they go out and talk to your neighbors, friends, high school teachers, etc..? Also, how many years does it cover?

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                    • Yeah they talk to friends, neighbors and coworkers. It's either 10 years or 7. Think it used to be 10 but now is 7. Criminal record is lifetime I think. You fill out the SF86 like all other agencies. It's not to bad and pretty standard federal background.

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                      • Originally posted by LadyKiller View Post
                        Ok, so what does that entail as far as OPM? Do they just pull credit and criminal records, or do they go out and talk to your neighbors, friends, high school teachers, etc..? Also, how many years does it cover?
                        I have a coworker who used to be an OPM investigator so she was able to shed some light on the mysterious background investigation a while back. The investigation completed for the Courts is the same as any done for other agencies (ATF, ICE, etc.) as far as OPM is concerned (SSBI). It differs on the back end during the adjudication process - Which basically means, the Chief has reviewed your background and composed a letter to the Chief District Court Judge requesting/recommending your appointment.
                        Last edited by PSOSAC; 12-06-2015, 09:41 PM.

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                        • Originally posted by LadyKiller View Post
                          If its reinvestigated every 5 years wouldn't that be top secret? What is there besides secret and top secret that would apply to an LEO spot?
                          Public Trust, Critical-Sensitive as far as I know. There are a couple more that are below TS and S that require "quint-annual" reinvestigation. I just made up that term but still...
                          I just did mine again last week and I'm not TS or S anymore. It's just doing an updated SF 86 after they tell you to. No interviews with mine.

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                          Last edited by bayranger; 12-10-2015, 10:00 AM.

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                          • Anyone have any insight into the medical exam? Is it just a standard physical (lookover), hearing test, vision, or is it run on a treadmill take blood work and all that?

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                            • The usual federal medical: Blood work, EKG, lung test etc.

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                              • Can any current USPOs give me some insight into retirement benefits. When are you able to retire and what kind of benefits are available? I tried researching but I am a little confused.

                                Thank you.

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