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    I was referred and have begun the hiring process for the Pentagon Police, I am hoping someone will be able to give me some information into what can be expected while working for this agency.

    What I know so far is that with most of Fed LE jobs it is a combination of force protection and law enforcement. I know there are quite a few of opportunities in the agency that open up after the probationary period but have very little insight into that. I also know it is one of the highest paying agencies in the region.

    I would love to know expectations of a daily work week. I have been told that once assigned to a shift it stays that way for a year but within the work week are you moved to different locations or posts?

    Is there any patrol function rotations? or is this just a role of the Traffic division that opens up after probationary period.

    Does the Traffic/Patrol division take calls for service around the region? I am referring to cars not the motors

    Any idea of what the ERT testing requirements are? I want to be able to make sure I'm prepared in advance.

    If there are any Pentagon Patrol officers I would really appreciate a PM.

    Thanks to all

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    Originally posted by cmessick88 View Post
    I was referred and have begun the hiring process for the Pentagon Police, I am hoping someone will be able to give me some information into what can be expected while working for this agency.

    What I know so far is that with most of Fed LE jobs it is a combination of force protection and law enforcement. I know there are quite a few of opportunities in the agency that open up after the probationary period but have very little insight into that. I also know it is one of the highest paying agencies in the region.

    I would love to know expectations of a daily work week. I have been told that once assigned to a shift it stays that way for a year but within the work week are you moved to different locations or posts?

    Is there any patrol function rotations? or is this just a role of the Traffic division that opens up after probationary period.

    Does the Traffic/Patrol division take calls for service around the region? I am referring to cars not the motors

    Any idea of what the ERT testing requirements are? I want to be able to make sure I'm prepared in advance.

    If there are any Pentagon Patrol officers I would really appreciate a PM.

    Thanks to all
    Hey bro. I too started with the process for the Pfpa. I'm kindain your situation too. I have been waiting since my last interview two months ago. Did you take the pt test already?

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    • #3
      @joe_higgins I did not take the PT test yet, heard it was rather simple though. Apparently 17 push ups and 1.5 miles in something like 19 minutes. Was told I would have to do the Police Officer Selection Test again even though I have recent test scores. Have a clearance already going so that should save some time. How about you, where are you in the process?
      Last edited by cmessick88; 03-28-2016, 09:14 PM.

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      • #4
        If you search the forum you will find approximately 200+ pages of information posted about what you can expect ranging from work life balance to how the chicken tastes at training.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kwaz View Post
          If you search the forum you will find approximately 200+ pages of information posted about what you can expect ranging from work life balance to how the chicken tastes at training.
          I have searched PFPA, Pentagon Force Protection Police, Pentagon Police and similar things and all have been out dated postings. I have not found any specific answers to anything duties related other than a couple comments about the only FED LE agencies that do "real police work" is US Park and Capitol. I want to get better information than that....
          Last edited by cmessick88; 03-29-2016, 10:27 PM.

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          • #6
            I wanted to share this Thread I found with any other applicants. some information is dated but it seems to have a bit of helpful knowledge
            http://forums.officer.com/t89276-32/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cmessick88 View Post
              I have searched PFPA, Pentagon Force Protection Police, Pentagon Police and similar things and all have been out dated postings. I have not found any specific answers to anything duties related other than a couple comments about the only FED LE agencies that do "real police work" is US Park and Capital. I want to get better information than that....
              Never heard of Capital police. I have heard of Capitol police and I'm not sure what you mean by "does real police work", when 90% of the job is static posts.
              I don't answer recruitment messages....

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              • #8
                He wants it to say that a PFPA a Officer will be in full TAC mode, running and gunning, handling robberies and murders all shift long...
                Now go home and get your shine box!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cmessick88 View Post
                  I was referred and have begun the hiring process for the Pentagon Police, I am hoping someone will be able to give me some information into what can be expected while working for this agency.

                  What I know so far is that with most of Fed LE jobs it is a combination of force protection and law enforcement. I know there are quite a few of opportunities in the agency that open up after the probationary period but have very little insight into that. I also know it is one of the highest paying agencies in the region.

                  I would love to know expectations of a daily work week. I have been told that once assigned to a shift it stays that way for a year but within the work week are you moved to different locations or posts?

                  Is there any patrol function rotations? or is this just a role of the Traffic division that opens up after probationary period.

                  Does the Traffic/Patrol division take calls for service around the region? I am referring to cars not the motors

                  Any idea of what the ERT testing requirements are? I want to be able to make sure I'm prepared in advance.

                  If there are any Pentagon Patrol officers I would really appreciate a PM.

                  Thanks to all
                  Yeah, you'll be in a booth.
                  I don't answer recruitment messages....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by orlandofed5-0 View Post
                    Never heard of Capital police. I have heard of Capitol police and I'm not sure what you mean by "does real police work", when 90% of the job is static posts.
                    Haha just a spelling error my mistake, and I would agree 100% I was quoting what someone else was saying on another thread. I believe police work is not black and white.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
                      He wants it to say that a PFPA a Officer will be in full TAC mode, running and gunning, handling robberies and murders all shift long...
                      I want a realistic explanation of what to expect. I dont want to run and gun, dont care about the calls either. I only want to know what opportunities will or will not be available and then what the duties and likely daily activities would be of those available opportunities. Thats it

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                      • #12
                        Standing post. 90% of your time.
                        Now go home and get your shine box!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
                          Standing post. 90% of your time.
                          Ok so regarding that statement. what about the patrol units on both car and motorcycle? and the protective services unit? obviously they are doing different work. So what do they do for this agency? I did hear the PSU gets to go overseas a bit.

                          If I were to get a patrol spot with the agency (whether a year, two, or three years later is not really the concern) what area is realistically covered? I also know they have MOU's for outside of the Pentagon but how much of that is used?.

                          The goal of my questions and I assume every one else's are to get a solid understanding of the roles, opportunities, and growth within the agency so that we may make a educated decision about proceeding. I'm twenty eight years old not fresh out of high school

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                          • #14
                            That's the thing brother while the post itself maybe dated the information provided is not. PFPA's primary mission has been and always will be force protection / physical security. Some of their officers have accepted that while most have not. They jump through the hiring process knowing full well what the job entails only to complain about it endlessly once they get there. It's as if they thought the agencies primary function was going to magically change because they got there.

                            I like using the term "proactive police work" as opposed to "real..." If you're looking to serve high risk warrants and be on the front lines of everyday ish than I suggest you look at your local state and county agencies. If you don't mind standing a static post and being paid pretty handsomely for it then go for it. Just know what you're getting into and don't be disappointed when it's not what you expected.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cmessick88 View Post
                              Ok so regarding that statement. what about the patrol units on both car and motorcycle? and the protective services unit? obviously they are doing different work. So what do they do for this agency? I did hear the PSU gets to go overseas a bit.

                              If I were to get a patrol spot with the agency (whether a year, two, or three years later is not really the concern) what area is realistically covered? I also know they have MOU's for outside of the Pentagon but how much of that is used?.

                              The goal of my questions and I assume every one else's are to get a solid understanding of the roles, opportunities, and growth within the agency so that we may make a educated decision about proceeding. I'm twenty eight years old not fresh out of high school

                              You will be on a post. There are squads with corporals and sgts working post. Traffic can either be easy or hard to get depending on your platoon. Leased facilities is full. You may luck out and get a detail like special events or parking but that's luck. PSU went all 1811 so no traveling as an officer.
                              Last edited by krash131; 03-30-2016, 11:36 PM.

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