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  • LinasK
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    hello,
    I am a Sergeant in State corrections and i have double Masters in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. I just received an invite for interview for Southern District of Iowa for Probation officer position. Anybody could give me some details about test or interview? Thanks

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  • satxparoleofcr
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    Originally posted by brownj21 View Post

    Keep in mind this is FLETC Charleston. Nothing like any basic training that I have ever received, this is MUCH more laid back. No yelling, running,PT, line formations AT ALL.
    It's really like a college atmosphere, and I don't mean that negatively.
    You go to class, you eat some food, you hang out with new people, and you find stuff to do (others have mentioned options already-beach, shopping, sports, etc). You might even squeeze in a little studying for tests.
    Seriously.
    We would work out after class and studied weeknights so we could have weekends free to roam around and explore. I had my vehicle which made life much easier than relying on the FLETC shuttle. Overall, it's not too difficult but definitely do not blow off studying for the tests by going out every night to No Wake Zone. Word will get back to your district if you goof off and don't perform. As others have posted, the academy definitely has more of a college feel to it. You will see other agencies march everywhere while the Courts classes, in a sea of smurf blue polo shirts get to walk everywhere. You will eventually grow to tolerate those smurf blue polo shirts. If you're going in the summer months, consider bringing or buying a cheap fan for the room. I was thankful I brought one from home.

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  • brownj21
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    Originally posted by Nola504 View Post
    You guys will like FLETC a lot. The dorms are very nice and you get your own room. Flat screen TV, bathroom, nice full size bed and they come make your bed for you everyday. You are just a few steps away from the chow hall and it's all you can eat. Be prepared for A LOT OF CHICKEN! You are also a short walk to old gym as well as the new gym. We played basketball a lot at the old gym and ran some full court games. Even went swimming. You can go to spinning classes and they offer cross fit in the morning if you want to get up in the morning before class. It is what you make of it. My classmates were are very cool and there were no arguments or problems of any kind. We all hung out and it was like being in college again for six weeks. Just don't do anything dumb and enjoy your time responsibly. Tons of stuff to do there. We even drove down to Savannah, GA on a three day weekend.
    All true. Was there 3 years ago and one of our new hires is there now.

    Originally posted by Aerohead View Post
    What is FLETC like? Things have changed since my cousin was hired, so she doesn't know much about it anymore. Is it like a police academy with running, yelling, and PT?
    Keep in mind this is FLETC Charleston. Nothing like any basic training that I have ever received, this is MUCH more laid back. No yelling, running,PT, line formations AT ALL.
    It's really like a college atmosphere, and I don't mean that negatively.
    You go to class, you eat some food, you hang out with new people, and you find stuff to do (others have mentioned options already-beach, shopping, sports, etc). You might even squeeze in a little studying for tests.
    Seriously.

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  • Aerohead
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    What is FLETC like? Things have changed since my cousin was hired, so she doesn't know much about it anymore. Is it like a police academy with running, yelling, and PT?

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  • Nola504
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    You guys will like FLETC a lot. The dorms are very nice and you get your own room. Flat screen TV, bathroom, nice full size bed and they come make your bed for you everyday. You are just a few steps away from the chow hall and it's all you can eat. Be prepared for A LOT OF CHICKEN! You are also a short walk to old gym as well as the new gym. We played basketball a lot at the old gym and ran some full court games. Even went swimming. You can go to spinning classes and they offer cross fit in the morning if you want to get up in the morning before class. It is what you make of it. My classmates were are very cool and there were no arguments or problems of any kind. We all hung out and it was like being in college again for six weeks. Just don't do anything dumb and enjoy your time responsibly. Tons of stuff to do there. We even drove down to Savannah, GA on a three day weekend.

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  • holycrikey
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    Del del del
    Last edited by holycrikey; 11-15-2017, 10:18 PM.

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  • c5rst
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    So you guys that just recently got hired, do you know when you will be going to the academy? I was just recently hired as a USPO in VA and will be attending from early July until the second week in August. I'm excited but somewhat nervous at the same time. I've been told the academy is really nice compared to state academy standards.

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  • dsb05c
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    Downtown at Market Street Saloon and Folly beach was place for us too. No Wake during the week. A couple guys had too much the first night there so it became a big joke. And just to show this job can be all over the place, yesterday I was called out of the field for a searxh due to a allegation a sex offender attempted to snatch a kid. Local LE investigated and said nothing to the allegation. We searched his resd anyway and found child porn and videos. We are hopeful this will turn into a new federal indictment. One of few exciting days.

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  • satxparoleofcr
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    Originally posted by Nola504 View Post
    Exactly. It's the same in my district. AHHHH FLETC was a great time! I didn't spend much time at the No Wake Zone. I went of base....a lot haha.
    Way too many coasties at No Wake! Downtown Charleston and Folly Beach were my favorite places to hang out.

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  • Nola504
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    Originally posted by dsb05c View Post
    Current USPO in Florida here. As others have stated, USPO does a lot of field work but not arrests (unless you're a presentence writer then its 90% office and Court). In emergencies, we walk through warrants and have local le or US Marshals serve warrant. We are authorized to carry weapons and handcuffs. We only carry handcuffs on searches currently but may be changing that policy soon. Handcuffs were just recently added to the national use of force policy. Those looking for action may want to look elsewhere. It's a weird time though, EBP (Evidence Based Practices-know that term and applications for Middle Florida) is the main focus with offenders working on cognitive rehabilitation. However, recent sex offenders making the news have brought on more searches. IRS fraud in Tampa has also caught the attention of the judges. Feel free to pm for specific questions. FLETC is 6 weeks and a pretty good time if you have a good class. Just don't enjoy the No Wake Zone bar too much.
    Exactly. It's the same in my district. AHHHH FLETC was a great time! I didn't spend much time at the No Wake Zone. I went of base....a lot haha.

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  • dsb05c
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    Current USPO in Florida here. As others have stated, USPO does a lot of field work but not arrests (unless you're a presentence writer then its 90% office and Court). In emergencies, we walk through warrants and have local le or US Marshals serve warrant. We are authorized to carry weapons and handcuffs. We only carry handcuffs on searches currently but may be changing that policy soon. Handcuffs were just recently added to the national use of force policy. Those looking for action may want to look elsewhere. It's a weird time though, EBP (Evidence Based Practices-know that term and applications for Middle Florida) is the main focus with offenders working on cognitive rehabilitation. However, recent sex offenders making the news have brought on more searches. IRS fraud in Tampa has also caught the attention of the judges. Feel free to pm for specific questions. FLETC is 6 weeks and a pretty good time if you have a good class. Just don't enjoy the No Wake Zone bar too much.

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  • satxparoleofcr
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    Originally posted by holycrikey View Post
    A very small minority of districts push the law enforcement side of things (Nevada and I believe Arizona are very law enforcement driven). Few USPO's conduct arrests and do searches/seizures. So although USPO's have fairly broad arrest power by law, local policies of the judges/chief USPOS's generally extremely limit this and because of this, can change down the line depending upon any change of philosophy of the judges/chief USPO's.
    Agreed. Being a USPO definitely isn't as hardcore as our counterparts in some state and county probation/parole gigs. It will be interesting to see how the system evolves years down the road. From what I know, Missouri Eastern is also a LE driven district.

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  • holycrikey
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    I might as well note here for any potential applicants... there is some confusion as to what real law enforcement duties we have. A very small minority of districts push the law enforcement side of things (Nevada and I believe Arizona are very law enforcement driven). Few USPO's conduct arrests and do searches/seizures. So although USPO's have fairly broad arrest power by law, local policies of the judges/chief USPOS's generally extremely limit this and because of this, can change down the line depending upon any change of philosophy of the judges/chief USPO's. US Marshals pretty much do all the legwork in regards to arrests... at least at this point in time. I can't think of a district that has Marshals that are all too thrilled about dealing with probation warrants. But it is what it is...

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  • 85rx-7gsl-se
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    Originally posted by Nola504 View Post
    Sorry to hear that you did not get offered the position. They gave you the best advice though. I am currently a USPO and I spent four and a half years with county juvenile probation. During that time, I wanted to get involved and learn as many functions as possible that would help me land with the feds. Unlike a lot of USPO's I do not have a masters degree, just a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I worked in supervision, diversion programs, presentence reports, and a specialized caseload in the sex offender unit. I also served on several work committees. Getting that type of experience, in my opinion, is more valuable than a masters. California is a great place to look for work on county/state probation that will help you get in. I also believe Texas is a great place for county/state probation as well. Any other questions you have feel free to ask.
    It is all good. I understand why they made their choice regardless of whether I personally agreed with it. I lived in TN at the time and TN pays state-level PO's so poorly that I couldn't afford to take one of those jobs (given that I have student loans to pay and was getting married). I am happily working as an attorney now so its all good.

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  • SnakeDoctor
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    ^Thank you

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