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  • #91
    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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    • #92
      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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      • #93
        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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        • #94
          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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          • #95
            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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            • #96
              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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              • #97
                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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                • #98
                  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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                  • #99
                    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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                    • ^^^ great idea ^^^

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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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                        • 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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                          • 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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                            • 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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                              • 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.
                                I got hired with just a bachelors degree and several other officers that I work got hired with a bachelors as well. Most districts PREFER the but you can get hired without it. It is recommended. I had 4 1/2 yrs with county juvenile probation. I served in specialized positions and served on several committees to help myself look better as a candidate. I would highly highly recommended that if you are on the state/county level of probation that you get as much experience in presentence reports as you can as most districts hire for that position. It is rare that you go straight into supervision.

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