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  • Balco42
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    I appreciate the solid advice! That’s exactly what I was looking for. As far as being able to take a cut up front, it is feasible but it’s still hard think about parting with $10k! At the end of the day, it’s a position that I’m truly interested in.

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  • teamhoyt
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    Well, congrats on earning an offer! Unless you have a security clearance, you'll be provisional until that's squared away. Mine took just shy of two years with how behind OPM was at the time.

    The lower grade thing - you can roll the dice and advise administration that you can't afford to take the cut and see what happens or suck it up for a while. I took a cut in a district that starts new hires in 25. I made the difference up fairly quickly by achieving expectations in the position. Developmental reviews are done every six months. If it's something you're really interested in doing, make the jump. I made it through a time of less pay without accruing any extra debt while moving right through 25, 27 and into 28. Haven't looked back!

  • TedMosby
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    can you financially be okay with 10k less a year or do you really need that 10k to keep your life going? If you can or can't do without then that is you answer!

  • Balco42
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    I was offered a position as a U.S. Probation Officer with my local district today. I’ve been applying to these jobs for quite some time so I’m very excited at the opportunity. With that being said, I’m conflicted because I was offered a lower grade while in a provisional status which is about $10,000 less than my current salary at the county level.

    I have decided to carefully consider my decision before accepting the offer. Does anyone have advice to offer that might be helpful in making this decision?

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  • Raqui
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    Hey there,

    i just received a call for an interview with the Northern District of California. Can anyone give me insight into the interview process and the culture of the district? Thanks!

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  • ecg14
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    brownj21 I tried to pm you but it said your box is full. Any chance you can give me some insight on the Atlanta office? Thanks.

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  • holycrikey
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    Holy ****... I can't help you with SD/CA, but your username man... I thought I was a huge probation nerd but you just bested me going straight to 18 USC 3583 for your name.

    Was 18 USC 3603 already taken? Dang, maybe I better snag that one....

  • 18usc3583
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    Could anyone here answer some questions about the Southern District of California? Your help is appreciated.

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  • brownj21
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    Originally posted by NCG128 View Post
    Is anyone aware of districts that hire people without Probation experience?
    There are some that do, but I couldn't name them, as I dont remember.

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  • jroberts5
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    Sent you a PM.

  • NCG128
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    Is anyone aware of districts that hire people without Probation experience?

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  • k9james
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    I applied to Atlanta today.

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  • brownj21
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    Originally posted by jaybyaz View Post
    Can someone give me insight on the Atlanta or Indianapolis offices? Like telework, and court appearances and any other work/life balances
    Sent you a message. PM wasn't working properly though.

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  • jaybyaz
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    Can someone give me insight on the Atlanta or Indianapolis offices? Like telework, and court appearances and any other work/life balances

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  • brownj21
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    Originally posted by LadyKiller View Post

    Agree with Brown on this, as previously stated standards are different in nearly every single district. Some districts have take home cars, K9's, very active SRT teams, work nights, weekends, and are LE oriented, others push pencils and write reports M-F 8-4. The other thing I have come to learn is that every district is different as far as pay goes. When I went to FLETC I was a CL-28, the guy sitting next to me, who actually had more P&P experience, was a CL-25. I was literally making $20,000 more a year than him, exact same time in the system, just different districts. I have also found out that he only gets two step increases every six months for a total of 4, I can get up to 6 for a total of 12. BE CAREFUL! Find someone from that district and ask questions.
    Not to mention dress code, flex time, telework, comp time, all those "work-life balance" factors vary WILDLY from district to district. Which are just as vital to morale as pay (as noted by holycrikey).


    Originally posted by holycrikey View Post

    I'd like to play devil's advocate here with another anecdote. When I started, I was at CL25. This was partly due to a poor economy at the time and our district's budget was limited (we now tend to hire "standard" at CL-27). I went to FLETC with guys from the next district over who were starting out at CL-27 or 28. Would I trade with them? Never. They had political issues, internal issues, ethical concerns, etc. Their chief decided that they'd hire less officers and give current officers more salary. What did that translate to? Way higher caseloads. My district went the route of hiring more officers, less overall salary, but much reduced caseloads. I'd say quality of work/life balance was extremely better where I was. We didn't have internal problems and our district was heavy on being family-oriented.

    "Find someone from that district and ask questions."

    Absolutely this, I agree. You'd do yourself a disservice by not researching and trying your best to talk to someone who works in the district you're interested in. Just beware that money isn't everything. If you are totally discounting a district because they start off lower, maybe there are other issues at play. Just another story here to consider....
    Absolutely agree.

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