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  • LadyKiller
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    I filled out the SF86 prior to starting.

  • COPO85
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    Hey Lady, curious, how long after you started provisionally did you fill out the SF86?

  • Uptown1234
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    Thanks for your feedback!

  • LadyKiller
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    Originally posted by Uptown1234 View Post
    Hello all, any insight on the SF86/background investigation process or timeline for a new hire?
    It's a single scope background. They will talk to everyone, tell the truth. My background took right at two years. I was hired, and supervising a caseload prior to it being completed, that entire two years I was provisional/subject to being fired if something negative came back. New people in my office are currently having to wait 12+ months for their backgrounds to clear. The upside is with Probation you aren't subject to the adjudication standards that other agencies are. In other words, if you have something negative, the Chief Judge, and Probation Chief decide if you still get hired. There isn't someone in Washington checking boxes that doesn't know you making that decision. There are several people working in my office that have had serious background issues that are now fully credentialed federal law enforcement officers, because they were simply honest with the Chief about their past indiscretions. On a side note this means if you are denied by one district, you can still apply and be picked up by another, I see it all the time, it's literally up to the Chief. There are even felons working in support roles for U.S. Probation.

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  • Uptown1234
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    Hello all, any insight on the SF86/background investigation process or timeline for a new hire?

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  • COPO85
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    Hey everyone! I have interviews coming up soon. Curious if anyone has any info on these districts? PM me if you have any insight. TY!
    Last edited by COPO85; 08-08-2019, 01:37 AM.

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  • ecg14
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    If there is anyone here that works in D.C. could you please PM me. I have several questions regarding the open position there. Thanks!

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  • SamsoniteWayOff
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    Hi all. I’ve searched high and low and cannot find much regarding medical disqualifications based on a mental illness. I know they want a letter from your doctor but if you have been stable on your meds, is it truly a disqualifying factor? Anyone have any experience with this?

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  • holycrikey
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    Originally posted by ATanaka View Post
    My advice is don't work in the Southern District of California. Heavy caseloads, supervisors are micromanaging, and lots of self-demotions. If you're looking for law enforcement work, this is not the best place. PO's are limited to what they can do, and they are no lateral opportunities such as task force work and joint training. If you promote, you will do more of the same but slightly more difficult cases.
    That sucks, sorry to hear that. I've previously met a few SD/CA officers and they all complained of high turn-over and big caseloads. I think last I checked, of the 3 officers I knew there, 2 have moved on elsewhere. Also sucks because my district has done joint training with other agencies. State/local folks, USMS, etc. I guess mileage varies on this front too.

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  • ATanaka
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    My advice is don't work in the Southern District of California. Heavy caseloads, supervisors are micromanaging, and lots of self-demotions. If you're looking for law enforcement work, this is not the best place. PO's are limited to what they can do, and they are no lateral opportunities such as task force work and joint training. If you promote, you will do more of the same but slightly more difficult cases.

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  • Jwebb514
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    (Double Post)

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  • Jwebb514
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    Anyone have any first hand info on the Western District of Oklahoma?

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  • sflipping
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    Anyone from the MD district ? I have a few specific questions

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  • sflipping
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    Thanks for your response .. by the way what district are you joining ?

  • teamhoyt
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    It was less than three months for me. I also had multiple people in my FLETC class that had been on the job for well over a year. I haven’t paid that much attention to our new hires’ timelines. My district has always been very considerate of family situations and such in asking officers if they’re ready. There’s no hard and fast rule.

    FLETC is an enormous investment in a new hire. Some districts wait to see how new hires are adjusting; FLETC smurfs are a reflection of their district and chief - you’ll get the lectures (a guy from my class is the subject of one such story).

    If I were you, I’d get in, find out district expectations as soon as possible, check FLETC openings and go from there.

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