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  • PSOSAC
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    You are certain he won't be hired on at a 28. Is that a ND/TX policy? Shame some districts choose not to hire applicants at the level they qualify...
    Last edited by PSOSAC; 09-21-2014, 11:10 PM.

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  • jdg0044
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    Originally posted by PSOSAC View Post
    Per the norm with the federal courts, each district has their own discretion on what step you're hired in at as well as your progression through the steps. With your background and experience, I would expect you would be hired at a 28 which is the equivalent to a GS 11. Your first two years will be spent in the developmental range of whatever step you're brought in at. If you're lucky, your chief will progress you at four steps every six months. However, I would expect to progress at two steps every six months until you're out of the developmental range.

    Hope this helps, and I apologize for any typos as I'm using talk to text.
    He won't be hired at a CL28. Most districts are only hiring at CL25 no matter the experience. But after one year you will likely be bumped to CL27.

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  • PSOSAC
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    Originally posted by NeverReturnKid View Post
    Can someone give me an idea of how promotions/raises work? I am looking at applying for a USPO position in the Northern District of Texas. I have nearly 4 years combined experience in Parole/Probation and as a CPS investigator, as well as a Master of Public Administration. I am hoping that's enough to get me hired on somewhere.
    Per the norm with the federal courts, each district has their own discretion on what step you're hired in at as well as your progression through the steps. With your background and experience, I would expect you would be hired at a 28 which is the equivalent to a GS 11. Your first two years will be spent in the developmental range of whatever step you're brought in at. If you're lucky, your chief will progress you at four steps every six months. However, I would expect to progress at two steps every six months until you're out of the developmental range.

    Hope this helps, and I apologize for any typos as I'm using talk to text.

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  • NeverReturnKid
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    Can someone give me an idea of how promotions/raises work? I am looking at applying for a USPO position in the Northern District of Texas. I have nearly 4 years combined experience in Parole/Probation and as a CPS investigator, as well as a Master of Public Administration. I am hoping that's enough to get me hired on somewhere.

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  • AwesomePOII
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    Originally posted by jdg0044 View Post
    Good luck! What does your experience/education level look like?
    Thanks, Ive been a Felony Probation Officer for 3 years, worked in the Prison as a Case Manager for 1 year...Bachelors in Psychology.

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  • jdg0044
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    Originally posted by AwesomePOII View Post
    So I recvd a letter on 9/11/14 inviting me to take the exam on 9/12/14...Im glad my current job is flexible!. I took the exam, it wasnt too bad, just LONG. It literally took me the whole 3 hours to complete. They said I will hear back either way by 10/31
    Good luck! What does your experience/education level look like?

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  • AwesomePOII
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    So I recvd a letter on 9/11/14 inviting me to take the exam on 9/12/14...Im glad my current job is flexible!. I took the exam, it wasnt too bad, just LONG. It literally took me the whole 3 hours to complete. They said I will hear back either way by 10/31

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  • acacia1122
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    Originally posted by GA12 View Post
    Mobility helps also. It is common for folks to move for the position. If not you are forced to wait until the next posting for your area in 1,2 or maybe 3? Years.
    I agree you are qualified and competitive but it is a very good job that lots of folks are applying for. Good luck.

    Hey there

    So I got a call today from personnal inviting me to take the exam? Hopefully I do well enough to secure an interview

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  • jdg0044
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    Originally posted by holycrikey View Post
    Lucky... My district is the reverse. Pretty much 70 social work and 30 law enforcement. I really wish we could swing the other way sometimes...
    It's about the same in my district. I don't mind it though. I came from a county probation department which was 100% social work and 0% law enforcement.

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  • holycrikey
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    Originally posted by PSOSAC View Post
    Yes, you are qualified!

    My .02 cents... Remember, this position is a mix 50/50 mid law enforcement/social work. If your District is like mine, it's 70/30. U will be issued credentials/badge/and a gun. Biggest struggle I've seen is people being too social work driven and not adjusting well to being a LEO. We are there to help people; however, the safety of the community is our primary goal.

    Also, regarding the hiring process. Each district operates independent from Washington. Meaning they hire how they (the Chief) want to. Each district does things differently.
    Lucky... My district is the reverse. Pretty much 70 social work and 30 law enforcement. I really wish we could swing the other way sometimes...

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  • DaBulls
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    I'm finally branching out from applying to only openings in Florida after about 15 no-go's. I just applied for the USPO opening in Denver, Colorado and a recent one in Cheyenne, WY. I also applied, yet again, for the new PTS opening in Tampa. Eventually, the stars have to align for me.

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  • GA12
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    Originally posted by acacia1122 View Post
    Yayy. Thanks so much for your help. When I called HR after Applying a few weeks ago the person indicated that the process does take four months. I guess I'm worried because of how competitive the applicant pool is. On the posting they asked for a cover letter resume and a 2 pg statement on why you qualify and I think I did a pretty god job of selling myself. However I'm sure others did a good job at that as well. In the mean time I will just keep my fingers crossed.

    I'm also waiting on westchester probation to call I took that exam last year and did pretty well. So we will see
    Mobility helps also. It is common for folks to move for the position. If not you are forced to wait until the next posting for your area in 1,2 or maybe 3? Years.

    I agree you are qualified and competitive but it is a very good job that lots of folks are applying for. Good luck.

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  • acacia1122
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    Originally posted by PSOSAC View Post
    Yes, you are qualified!

    My .02 cents... Remember, this position is a mix 50/50 mid law enforcement/social work. If your District is like mine, it's 70/30. U will be issued credentials/badge/and a gun. Biggest struggle I've seen is people being too social work driven and not adjusting well to being a LEO. We are there to help people; however, the safety of the community is our primary goal.

    Also, regarding the hiring process. Each district operates independent from Washington. Meaning they hire how they (the Chief) want to. Each district does things differently.
    Yayy. Thanks so much for your help. When I called HR after Applying a few weeks ago the person indicated that the process does take four months. I guess I'm worried because of how competitive the applicant pool is. On the posting they asked for a cover letter resume and a 2 pg statement on why you qualify and I think I did a pretty god job of selling myself. However I'm sure others did a good job at that as well. In the mean time I will just keep my fingers crossed.

    I'm also waiting on westchester probation to call I took that exam last year and did pretty well. So we will see
    Last edited by acacia1122; 09-01-2014, 08:44 PM.

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  • PSOSAC
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    Originally posted by acacia1122 View Post
    A masters in forensic mental health counseling
    Yes, you are qualified!

    My .02 cents... Remember, this position is a mix 50/50 mid law enforcement/social work. If your District is like mine, it's 70/30. U will be issued credentials/badge/and a gun. Biggest struggle I've seen is people being too social work driven and not adjusting well to being a LEO. We are there to help people; however, the safety of the community is our primary goal.

    Also, regarding the hiring process. Each district operates independent from Washington. Meaning they hire how they (the Chief) want to. Each district does things differently.

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  • acacia1122
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    A masters in forensic mental health counseling

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