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  • DaBulls
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    I guess every district is different. I recently interviewed for a USPO position, but it was in a different district. I was supposed to do the interview over video conference, but we were having problems with the feed, so I just interviewed over the phone. I did not do an orientation, probably due to the fact that I was out of district. Now I'm waiting to see if I'm selected for the next round of interviews, in person.

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  • Nixon35
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    hi everyone. new to the forum and just going through the hiring process right now. Had the orientation, written essay test, panel interview, and now just waiting to find out if i move onto the next step. i think i did really well on my interview though.

    which brings me to a few questions: 1. what is usually the next step in the hiring process after the panel interview, or do all districts just have their own hiring process? 2. i guess there were a ton of applications. what makes the federal probation jobs so competitive when compared to other state or county ones, is it just the pay? any help would be great. thanks!

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  • holycrikey
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    I'll chime in as well. A few districts I know provide take-home vehicles to their officers, but this is pretty rare. Most commonly, officers share vehicles. Supervision officers generally get priority other other officers such as pre-trial or pre-sentence (if offices are combined).

    I know in my district, you must use an available government car first. You can use your personal if needed and get reimbursed mileage. Most officers (for obvious reasons) don't use their person unless totally necessary. I've been in a year and have never used my own vehicle other than to travel to training/meetings when gov't cars aren't available.

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  • c5rst
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    Most districts have vehicles but officer's typically have to share. I share a vehicle with 1 other officer. I went to FLETC with a guy who works in a really small sub-office and he has to use his own car, but I don't believe that is the norm.

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  • NeverReturnKid
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    I just got invited to take a test for a position in the Western District of Texas. Any idea what to expect? I'm guessing each district has their own process/test.

    Also, do the US Courts provide vehicles for doing field visits? As a Parole Officer and Probation Officer in Texas I always had to use my own vehicle.

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  • dsb05c
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    Think they also took out the driving portion. FLETC really should be only a few weeks anyway. Each district operates so differently from one another. Heck, each division on my district are different. Constantly getting called when a violation report is done this special way at this division and not the next. FLETC should focus on national policy and high liability stuff. Leave the basic stuff to FTO in district.

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  • jdg0044
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    I think they're gonna convert some of the classes into ELM modules, so there will probably be more "homework" for the 4 week classes.

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  • holycrikey
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    Originally posted by PSOSAC View Post
    +1 for shortening the classroom time. Especially considering the majority of officers have been in the job for a substantial time before they report to FLETC. I was given "in house" training the first three months at the office and had been performing all duties of my gig for nearly a year before a FLETC spot opened up.
    This is exactly the reason I think FLETC needs to be shortened. I've only been back from FLETC a matter of months and have already forgotten just about everything to do with pre-trial and pre-sentence. I'm supervision so that stuff won't stick. I really believe FLETC should be 90% firearms, ORT, computer skills, and safety. The rest is stuff you'll figure out in district anyway.

    A bit off topic, but the FLETC instructors for firearms were top notch. All of them were career military or law enforcement and were no-nonsense marksmen who knew how to teach. You'll transition from FLETC instructors to US Courts instructors when you move from basic pistol to tactical pistol. And honestly, I wish we would have kept the FLETC guys the whole way...
    Last edited by holycrikey; 12-22-2014, 03:25 PM.

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  • PSOSAC
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    +1 for shortening the classroom time. Especially considering the majority of officers have been in the job for a substantial time before they report to FLETC. I was given "in house" training the first three months at the office and had been performing all duties of my gig for nearly a year before a FLETC spot opened up.

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  • satxparoleofcr
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    I doubt they'll shorten the firearms and ORT portions of the training. If anything, I would think certain classroom modules would be cut. I'm not sure about 10 hour days but with the 6 week academy, I remember being done between 1600-1630 on a consistent basis.

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  • DaBulls
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    So, are they increasing the days to 10 hours? Are they shortening the amount of training? Such as, less rounds being fired on the range......

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  • SaceLA
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    I'm not sure as to why FLETC was shortened but it is true. I just received my dates this week for FLETC in April 2015 for 4 weeks! I heard it might be because they need to schedule more academies throughout the year so I'm sure it is due to the backlog.

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  • DaBulls
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    Someone on another forum claimed that the FLETC Academy for new U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services officers will be shortened in length due to the backlog of new officers needing to go through. Anyone have any info on this?

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  • dsb05c
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    Agree with the above. They mostly mean not just routine patrol. If you are on units that does investigations, that counts. So if you are able to articulate how you can do the job, you should be ok. We have some that were police in their previous job.

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  • c5rst
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    Originally posted by borninblue View Post
    I was reading one of the announcements and it states police officer experience does not meet the requirement, but investigative experience does. I am not a detective but have been assigned cases to work on my own. Any current PO's know if I would stand a chance? I have 12 years local LE experience and a Master's Degree.
    I think a lot of it has to do with your ability to articulate your experience. If you can relate your experience as a police officer to the duties carried out by USPO's it will go a long way. Your masters degree will also be a big benefit. You'll never know if you don't try. My district just hired a former police officer for a USPO position so it's certainly not unheard of.
    Last edited by c5rst; 12-11-2014, 10:44 PM.

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