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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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  • LadyKiller
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    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....
    Excellent point!

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  • holycrikey
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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.
    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....

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  • LadyKiller
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    Originally posted by Raqui View Post
    Hello,

    I am am preparing for an interview for USPO with the Eastern District of California. Do you have any advice or tips? I will be taking a 20 min written exam, and then will be interviewed by a panel. Thanks in advance for your insights.
    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.

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  • brownj21
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    Originally posted by Raqui View Post
    Hello,

    I am am preparing for an interview for USPO with the Eastern District of California. Do you have any advice or tips? I will be taking a 20 min written exam, and then will be interviewed by a panel. Thanks in advance for your insights.
    Find out as much as you can about the job and the agency would be my first tip and it should not be too difficult to get that info.

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  • Raqui
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    Hello,

    I am am preparing for an interview for USPO with the Eastern District of California. Do you have any advice or tips? I will be taking a 20 min written exam, and then will be interviewed by a panel. Thanks in advance for your insights.

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  • NY92
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    Had my medical exam done with FOH on Wednesday and overnighted the same night. Anyone know the current turn around right now for the national review? I know they have 30 days to make recommendation either way, just curious if anyone knows if they are swamped right now or not.

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  • D0dix001
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    Does anyone know anything about the Eastern District of Kentucky?

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  • aponce14
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    thanks so much

  • NY92
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    Anyone here from the Northern District of NY?

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