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  • GA12
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    Originally posted by rtv View Post
    just came upon this thread and find it helpful. i recently applied to a couple of USPO positions in the midwest. i've got a ba in criminal justice and two years of federal correctional officer experience working primarily in max security at a FCI. it seems that most USPO's who have provided input say that a masters degree plus experience is the ticket to getting hired. are there many out there who have only bachelors degree and less than, say 3 years experience? i didn't initially realize it was so highly competitive. thx.
    We just interviewed a state CO in my district and he did well in the interview. I'd say it's possible to get the job coming from a corrections job. I'd take as much training as you can in evidence based practices and pump up your resume. Good luck and flood the gates with applications. Don't be afraid to relocate as this is a great job and has mobility once hired.

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  • dsb05c
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    I'll also add that while serving as a POA, I got my masters and finally got promoted after graduating. But yeah, most if not all of our new hires have advanced degrees.

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  • jdg0044
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    Originally posted by dsb05c View Post
    Yeah that's why I wasn't worried until they sent me a packet to fill out prior to the exam which shows a color vision test. I called HR to see if failing it would disqualify me, but she didn't know the answer. Hopefully it will all work out though.

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  • holycrikey
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    Originally posted by PSOSAC View Post
    In my opinion, it's very competitive. If you have hopes of becoming a USPO or a USPSO I suggest you obtain some county or state experience to become more competitive. Unfortunately, working as a CO won't count as experience. Even though you deal with the same offenders.. Also keep in mind, if you leave your covered position for a state gig, any time you've already put in at your current covered fed position will count toward retirement should you ever return. So, you'll be able to return to the Feds xxx yrs over the age of 37. Just a thought.
    I'll chime in too. I believe it is very competitive as well. I'd say about 1/2 to 3/4ths of the officers in my district have an M.S. plus highly relevant experience (state/county PO or other fields that carry caseloads and do case management). Those that don't have an M.S. seem to have had to put in more time with relevant experience to make them more competitive.

    A lot of officers come in here with experience that "goes beyond" just being in the field for a long time and having good evaluations. Lots of officers were trainers or instructors at their previous gig. A lot had specialized caseloads or did a lot of stuff with task forces/outreach/etc. Although these positions have opened up a lot more this year, most districts can be extremely picky as to what they want. They have plenty of applicants.

    Just my view from my district. Could vary greatly from one to the next.

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  • PSOSAC
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    ^^^ great idea ^^^

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  • dsb05c
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    I had to get something checked out that turned into a long 3 month process just due to an abnormal EKG from a low heart rate. If there are any medical concerns, it is best to get ahead of them but not sure what you can do about color blindness. If you had your doctor or specialist state that it is low level and wouldn't hinder you, I would have that in hand just in case they tell you to see a specialist.

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  • PSOSAC
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    Doesn't mention color blindness; therefore, it shouldn't be a disqualifying condition:

    Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate to arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable. Officers must possess, with or without corrective lenses, good distance vision in at least one eye and the ability to read normal size print. Normal hearing ability, with or without a hearing aid, is also required. Any severe health problems, such as physical defects, disease, and deformities that constitute employment hazards to the applicant or others, may disqualify an applicant. Examples of health problems that may be disqualifying are an untreated hernia, cardiovascular disorders, serious deformities or disabilities of the extremities, mental health disorders, fainting and/or seizure disorders, metabolic disorders, bleeding disorders, pulmonary disorders, and marked speech abnormalities.

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  • dsb05c
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    Originally posted by jdg0044 View Post
    Anyone know how strict they are about any form of color blindness? I have my medical exam coming up and am worried about that part.
    It is not mentioned here: http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourt...uirements.aspx

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  • jdg0044
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    Anyone know how strict they are about any form of color blindness? I have my medical exam coming up and am worried about that part.

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  • PSOSAC
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    In my opinion, it's very competitive. If you have hopes of becoming a USPO or a USPSO I suggest you obtain some county or state experience to become more competitive. Unfortunately, working as a CO won't count as experience. Even though you deal with the same offenders.. Also keep in mind, if you leave your covered position for a state gig, any time you've already put in at your current covered fed position will count toward retirement should you ever return. So, you'll be able to return to the Feds xxx yrs over the age of 37. Just a thought.

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  • dsb05c
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    I got on with US Probation with a Bachelors and just a little over a year experience but it was a Probation Officer Assistant position.

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  • rtv
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    just came upon this thread and find it helpful. i recently applied to a couple of USPO positions in the midwest. i've got a ba in criminal justice and two years of federal correctional officer experience working primarily in max security at a FCI. it seems that most USPO's who have provided input say that a masters degree plus experience is the ticket to getting hired. are there many out there who have only bachelors degree and less than, say 3 years experience? i didn't initially realize it was so highly competitive. thx.

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  • satxparoleofcr
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    Originally posted by jdg0044 View Post
    To the current USPO's, what is the dress code in your district? Do you wear a dress shirt and tie or can you wear a polo shirt?
    My office is in a courthouse and I'm in PTS so there's always a good chance you'll have to run up to court for something. We wear slacks/dress pants and a dress shirt, and I refer to my days with no court as casual days since I don't have to get suited up. If you do PTS, expect to have a coat and tie handy. Field attire here varies, as in most places. I usually wear cargo pants and a short sleeve overshirt to conceal the belt and the goodies attached.

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  • Odaat1
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    Can someone provide any insight on the 1st and possible 2nd interview? I believe the second one is panel. Are the interviewers more interested in your experience? Or your answer to their designed probation-related questions?

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  • holycrikey
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    Originally posted by jdg0044 View Post
    To the current USPO's, what is the dress code in your district? Do you wear a dress shirt and tie or can you wear a polo shirt?
    Dress code varies greatly from district to district. Our main office (where the deputy chief and chief are located) are more formal than the satellite offices. It's pretty much at least a pair of slacks and a tie. The satellite offices are more informal. No tie required. Mainly just nice khakis and a plaid button up or similar. Court is always suit & tie of course. We have casual Friday where polos are fine.

    Fieldwork is whatever you want, so long as it is appropriate. Jeans are okay. Most people wear some type of tac cargo pant and a larger button up shirt to conceal the firearm. Some wear tac vests to conceal.

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